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Blu-ray Review: Dead Again in Tombstone
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Dead Again in Tombstone
Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Directed by Roel Reine
Starring Danny Trejo, Jake Busey, Elysia Rotaru, Dean McDermott, Elizabeth Lavender, Elysia Rotaru
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: September 12, 2017

Dead Again in Tombstone is the sequel to the 2013 straight to video/on demand film Dead in Tombstone. In the original, Guerrero (Danny Trejo) and his half-brother Red (Anthony Michael Hall) lead a gang into a small mining town to take its gold. When the gang turns on Guerrero and leaves him for dead, he makes a deal with the Devil himself: a scenery-chewing Mickey Rourke. He gives Guerrero one day to deliver to him the souls of those who betrayed him or suffer eternal damnation. So in other words, your ordinary run of the mill satanic horror western. Considering its low budget and the oft-true stereotypes concerning straight-to-video releases, the cast made this a fun way to burn 100 minutes. Director Roel Reine (Inhumans) and star Danny Trejo return for the sequel, which was released this week.

Dead Again in Tombstone picks up with Guerrero, the Devil’s Outlaw, hunting down souls on his noble black steed. When he returns home to Silver River to pay respect to his father’s grave and see his family, he is greeted by a posse of Confederates led by Colonel Jackson Boomer (Jake Busey). Boomer was a friend of Red’s and is here for a mysterious and valuable family heirloom and he’s willing to kill Guerrero, his mother, and his rebellious daughter (Elysia Rotaru) to get it. The heirloom in question is the “The Devil’s Book,” capable of unleashing Hell on Earth.

Another direct-to-home video feature, Dead Again in Tombstone is not a particularly good film, but serves as fun background music. It’s the kind of movie you’d find on cable and leave on, because “Hey, that’s Danny Trejo and he kicks ass!” Trejo has some cool one-liners and has a great scene riding atop a buffalo. Jake Busey chews scenery like tobacco as the villain. One thing’s for sure, there is plenty of eye candy, and the ladies can match the guys in the fight scenes, including one between Rotaru’s Alicia and Elizabeth Lavender’s Madame Du Vere.

Blu-Ray Extras include:

Resurrecting the Western: Making Dead Again in Tombstone – This was a short behind-the-scenes featurette with all the actors as well as director Roel Reine, who Danny Trejo refers to as a 12-year old. The common thread was how much it was blending genres, from traditional western to action to zombie horror. Having recently interviewed Danny Trejo (read the interview here), he is a passionate lover of westerns, and his filmography is a never-ending list of action and horror films… so this may just be the consummate Danny Trejo project.

Home in Tombstone: Danny Trejo as Guerrero – Dean McDermott laughs and says he’d watch Danny Trejo read the phonebook. This was another cool little feature basically focusing on the crew’s love and appreciation for all things Trejo. For a man who looks and acts on screen like the world’s biggest badass, Trejo is shockingly warm and happy-go-lucky. Roel Reine mentions working with him several times and loving him as an actor. They go into the buffalo ride, with the consensus opinion being Trejo is the only, or one of the few, person to ever ride a buffalo on screen.

There is a deleted scenes montage as well as feature-length audio commentary with the director along with the writer, editor, and director of photography. The film is presented in 1080p High-Definition widescreen in Dolby Digital sound.

If you’re a fan of Danny Trejo, westerns, or looking for a good way to kill some time with some brainless movie fun, Dead Again in Tombstone is worth checking out. Me, I’ll follow Trejo to Hell and back.

Dead Again in Tombstone is available now on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital HD.

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