Blu-ray Review “Hatfields & McCoys”

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Starring: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Running Time: 290 minutes

Mini-Series: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

When I saw that there was going to be a new TV miniseries about Hatfield-McCoy saga, I was interested but then I saw it was from The History Channel and it locked in my attention. After watching the nearly five hour mini-series, I honestly didn’t want it to end. The acting is outstanding…well except for Jena Malone playing Nancy McCoy. Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton and Tom Berenger proved they can be completely kick-ass. Even though this was made for TV, it is one hell of a production, it is really well-done and fine tuned. I know this series was a super big hit for The History Channel so I really hope they make more mini-series like this one.

“Hatfields & McCoys” follows the story of a two families that feuded a war against each backed by vengeance, courage, and sacrifice.  They went on to change history of their region forever. It begins with ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, they were close friends and comrades fighting together in the Civil War.  When they returned to home they faced tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that led to an all out war between the families.

The Blu-ray delivers a wonderful presentation.  It’s 1080p video is impressive and showcases the locations and effects very well.  The star of this release is the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track, which is nailed with the non-stop action and war in this series.  The special features though are a bit disappointing overall.  There is a basic behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Hatfields & McCoys” and a music video for “I Know These Hills” featuring Kevin Costner and Modern West. the music video is pretty cool, though. I’ve liked Costner when he hits up his music side.

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One Reply to “Blu-ray Review “Hatfields & McCoys””

  1. Agree with your entire review… except for your unexplained dig at Jena Malone, I thought she was just as good as the rest of the cast.

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