Butcher’s Crossing Blu Ray Review (Sony Pictures)
Butcher’s Crossing is a 2022 Western film co-written, produced, and directed by Gabe Polsky (Red Army, The Motel Life, and In Search of Greatness). It was co-written by producer Liam Satre-Meloy. It’s based on the 1960 novel of the same name by John Edward Williams. It had it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2022. In 1874, Will Andrews (played by: Fred Hechinger from News of the World, The Pale Blue Eye, The Woman in the Window, and Fear Street trilogy) has dropped out of Harvard and travels to Butcher’s Crossing, a tiny frontier town in Kansas built on the buffalo hide trade. He wishes to see as much of the country as he can and experience the Wild West. Sold on the romanticism of going on a buffalo hunt, Will seeks out McDonald (played by: Paul Raci from The Mother, Perry Mason, and Sound of Metal) who currently runs the waning buffalo trade for the town. When McDonald refuses to oblige the young man, Will falls in with Miller (played by: Nicolas Cage from Renfield, Willy’s Wonderland, Grand Isle, Vengeance: A Love Story, Ghost Rider franchise, 8MM, Face/Off, The Rock, and Leaving Las Vegas), an intense and experienced buffalo hunter who spins him a tale of a remote Colorado pass where one of the few remaining massive herds can be found. Though warned about Miller and the folly of this enterprise, Will puts up all of his money to fund the expedition. After the help of Will’s money, they purchase supplies. They also hire Charlie Hogeb (played by: Xander Berkeley from Heat, Terminator 2, Phoenix, Leaving Las Vegas, Kick-Ass, Gattaca, Air Force One, and Taken) to be wagon driver/camp cook and Fred Schneider (played by: Jeremy Bobb from The Outsider, The Kitchen, Under the Silver Lake, Jessica Jones, and The Continental) who insists on being paid a salary due to his doubts about Miller’s stories. As the journey continues, Will loses control over Miller. Miller becomes a killing machine and no one seems to be able to stop him from his chaos. Can Will take back this trip? or Is it too late for him???? Butcher’s Crossing is actually a different kind of Nicolas Cage project. It’s more serious than his typical features these days and it’s not super over the top like he’s known for now. It’s refreshing to see Cage go back into his acting roots in this one. Personally, he’s one of my favorite actors of all time. Butcher’s Crossing starts out a little slow and it focuses on character development for awhile before something really happens so you must be patient with this western. This is a throwback performance from the legendary actor. It has a solid cast that includes Fred Hechinger, Paul Raci, Xander Berkeley, and Jeremy Bobb. Lots of familiar faces in this slow burn. Butcher’s Crossing really picks up during the 2nd half. It makes it worth the wait, everything comes together. This drama adds some nice suspense during the finale. You should check this one out especially if you are a fan of Cage!!!! Let’s discuss this high definition presentation from Sony Pictures! This 1080p (2.00:1) transfer looks great in HD. This western shines with it’s production design, locations, and cinematography when it comes to the visuals. It has an English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track on the disc. All of the dialogue is very clean, the acton is elevated especially towards the end, and the music has a nice boost to it. It has English SDH and French subtitles. Unfortunately, there’s no extras on here besides some “Trailers”. It also includes a slipcover. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!