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Blu-ray Cover

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Release Date: November 14, 2017

Region: Region A

Length: 01:46:47

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Ratio: 2.39:1

Notes: This Blu-ray comes with an Ultraviolet copy of the movie. A DVD edition of the film is also available.


“This issue with sexual assault against women on the reservation—I mean, it’s existed since the inception of a reservation system. But, really, in the past 15, 20 years, it’s exploded. And it gets no attention, which is the motivation for writing [Wind River].” -Taylor Sheridan (NPR, August 5, 2017)

The film follows a relatively green FBI agent (Elisabeth Olsen) who teams up with a game tracker with deep community ties to the Wind River Indian reservation where he lives and works. Their mission is to find out who is responsible for the raping and inevitable death of one of the reservation’s young women. It is a languidly paced effort that allows the viewer to absorb the rough terrain and get to know the characters involved—a fact that some critics have written about as if this were one of the film’s negative attributes despite the fact that it is in actuality one of its strengths. Too many films are made for viewers with ridiculously feeble minds and short attention spans. Thankfully, this was not the case here, and the subject matter reflects this fact.

“You know, the movies I make—the goal isn’t a mass audience. They’re not expensive films. So the attempt is to reach a much more limited audience—one would say an audience that enjoys films that challenge them emotionally and intellectually. I think that the great challenges for the studios when they make, you know, these massive tent-pole movies, where, you know, in order to recoup their costs they need many millions of people to go see them—and there, you do need to have a broad appeal, which makes it more difficult and challenging to say something that might be controversial or uncomfortable.” -Taylor Sheridan (NPR, August 5, 2017)

It is too bad that there aren’t fewer “tent-pole” movies produced and more films like this one released every year.


The Presentation:

4 of 5 Stars

The disc is protected in a standard Blu-ray case with film-related artwork. The case is further protected by a slip sleeve that features this same design. It is a reasonably attractive if standard package.

The animated menus employ footage from the film accompanied by some of the sound design featured therein. It’s a reasonably attractive menu and intuitive to navigate.


Picture Quality:

4.5 of 5 Stars

The 2K Arri-Alexa cameras have captured some extremely detailed footage and this transfer is a reflection of the strengths and weaknesses of that particular footage in addition to the color correction choices made by the filmmakers for its theatrical release. It is an incredibly sharp presentation and showcases an impressive amount of fine detail throughout the duration. Contrast also impresses the discerning eye as it is easy to see the slightest differences in the various shades of white throughout the frame during some of the snow sequences. Interiors are perhaps less impressive but don’t seem to have any noteworthy issues to report. The muted color palette is appropriate for the material and pleasing to the eye.


Sound Quality:

4.5 of 5 Stars

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track should please audiophiles as it is a subtle but dynamic mix that pulls the listener into the film’s sonic universe. Dialogue is clear and intelligible despite some mumbled dialogue and is presented through the central channels. The unusual score and exterior ambiance are where the bulk of the surround activity is located and all elements are well prioritized.


Special Features:

2.5 of 5 Stars

Deleted Scenes – (03:11)

The two deleted scenes included on the disc are by far the most interesting and substantial additions to the few supplemental features and come in at slightly over three minutes. The first scene is titled Sounds like Wolves and finds Cory Lambert talking to a few police officers after having killed a few wolves. This particular scene comes in at under a minute and doesn’t add up to much. The other scene is titled Jane Checks Into the Motel and follows Jane Banner as she arrives in the area and checks into a hotel. Her interaction with the hotel clerk is amusing and well worth seeing despite the fact that it wouldn’t have added much to our understanding of the character or her situation as an outsider.

Behind the Scenes Video Gallery – (09:54)

There are three promotional featurettes included here. Each one focuses on a different key participant (Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Taylor Sheridan) but nothing in any of these EPK promos is particularly enlightening. They contain the same vague statements about the participants and their work on the film that one has come to expect from such content. Even the short clips of “behind the scenes” footage don’t manage to elevate these pointless promotional clips.


Final Words:

Wind River is well worth watching and those who wish to own it couldn’t do better than to add this Blu-ray to their collections.