I’m back looking at Nicolas Cage film that has made it on to Blu-ray. Unfortunately Red Rock West has yet to receive a UK release so I’m taking a look at the German version. Fortunately all you need do is select English in the menu. I’ll admit I’d not seen this Nic Cage film before obtaining the Blu-ray import. Was it worth it? The answer is a resounding yes. In any case it’s now time to review it, so without further ado here’s my Red Rock West Blu-ray Review.
- Red Rock West (1993) – Blu-ray Import
- Genre: Crime Drama
- Directed by John Dahl
- Running Time: 98 mins
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
- Blu-ray Released: N/A
Michael Williams (Nicolas Cage) is a drifter looking for work. He fails to obtain employment at an oilfield due to his own honesty about a war injury to his leg. Running out of money he is told to try the town of Red Rock West where employment opportunities may be more favourable.
When he enters the local bar he is mistaken by the bartender for another man and offered a job. Naturally he takes up the offer but even knowing what it entails. In fact the job is to kill someone. What has Michael inadvertently become involved in and how can he get out of it?
Style / Direction
The films directed by John Dahl whilst the cinematography is handled by Marc Reshovsky. It really is a good looking movie with some lovely dusty small town landscape scenes.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is by William Olvis but the soundtrack includes songs from Johnny Cash Shania Twain and Toby Keith to name just a few. It’s a very well suited score and soundtrack.
Acting / Characters
The casting is simply superb, Nicolas Cage really to suit this kind of role. Meanwhile Dennis Hopper plays an ex army guy here to do a contract killing. Meanwhile J. T. Walsh plays two very different roles which complicate the story. Lastly is Lara Flynn Boyle who is the target of the contract, she is another complicated character and one the Cages character struggles to trust or understand.
- Nicolas Cage as Michael Williams
- Dennis Hopper as Lyle from Dallas
- Lara Flynn Boyle as Suzanne Brown/Ann McCord
- J. T. Walsh as Wayne Brown/Kevin McCord
- Dwight Yoakam as Truck Driver
- Timothy Carhart as Deputy Matt Greytack
- Robert Apel as Howard
Conclusion: Red Rock West (1993) Film Review
What we have with Red Rock West is a very well made and very well acted film. Just as if not more importantly the story is full of twist with some character not whom they appear to be. It really is a fabulous movie and one I highly recommend you watch.
If you enjoyed my Red Rock West Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Raising Arizona (1987)
- Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
- Lord of War (2005)
- Bad Lieutenant (2009)
- Trespass (2011)
Conclusion: Red Rock West Blu-ray Review
Annoyingly Red Rock West (1993) has yet to receive a UK Blu-ray release. Therefore as I mention earlier I’ve has to obtain a foreign version that plays on UK Blu-ray players. You can find the version I purchased over on Amazon.co.uk and I’ve linked it below.
For the most part the picture quality is very good. There is quite a bit of grain and marks on the opening titles but this drastically improves once they have finished. There are a few occasional speckles or two throughout the film but overall it’s a pretty good print. It certainly didn’t spoil the film and I have no problem recommending you purchase this version.
On to my movie rating for Red Rock West (1993)
- Movie Rating: EXCELLENT
- Blu-ray Picture: GOOD
- Extras: N/A
Red Rock West (1993) is available now on Blu-ray.
Amazon UK Links
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip NOT representative of the Blu-ray version
That concludes my Red Rock West Blu-ray review. I plan on reviewing a few more Nicolas Cage movie over the coming months. Check back soon…
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Summary: Red Rock West (1993) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): John Dahl
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, J. T. Walsh
Genre: Crime, Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A cracking crime drama featuring plenty of twists and turns.