Available now on Blu-ray
Synopsis: Last Train From Gun Hill follows U.S. Marshal Matt Morgan (Kirk Douglas) on the trail of his wife’s killer. Adding a dark twist to the tale, the suspect’s father is Morgan’s longtime friend, cattle baron Craig Beldon (Anthony Quinn). Morgan is determined to capture the killer and take him away by the 9:00 train, against all odds.
The Review: Hot off the success of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn team up again to bring us one of the better adult westerns of the era. Setting itself apart from its “yeehaw” peers, Last Train delves into darker territory about a man seeking vengeance for his wife who was raped and murdered.
Douglas shines in the role, he has a certain ease as a U.S. Marshal and plays the role to perfection. As the film continues towards its inevitable climax the tension is filled to great length by director John Sturges. While Anthony Quinn beat Douglas to the Oscar in O.K. Corral, I think Douglas takes it back here. Solid action and pacing, a shining example of what a Western can bring to the table.
The Release: The Blu-ray has been remastered from a 6K film transfer of the original VistaVision negative for exceptional picture quality. The Blu-ray comes with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. Access to the digital copy of the film is also available.
Special Features: The limited-edition Blu-ray includes new Filmmaker Focus with the film historian Leonard Maltin, as well as original theatrical trailers for Last Train from Gun Hill, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Furies, and The Black Orchid.
Running Time: 1h 35m
Rated: Not Rated