Last Stand at Saber River

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Paul Cable (Tom Selleck) has just returned from his service in the Civil War, a series of battles in which his side was defeated. His spirit is a little broken, but he knows the future can be bright, as he survived the war and has a wonderful family. He has a loving wife and two great children, so he just wants to go back home and live a peaceful, quiet life. The family’s plot of land in Arizona is perfect for such a lifestyle, but sadly for Paul, someone else has taken an interest in his land. While he was gone, two Union supporters took over his land and now have no intentions of leaving it behind. Cable thought his time in battle had ended, but now old wounds have been reopened. Now he must fight one last battle, one more important than any he has faced before, if he is to secure the future of his family. But can his mind handle another fight, or will he simply be forced to leave his own home and start over?

I’ve seen more than a few of TNT’s original western productions and two common threads are usually shared between the movies. Almost all of them seem to have better than expected casts and in most cases, the movies turn out to be mediocre at best. Last Stand at Saber River has a solid cast, with Tom Selleck in the lead and he is bolstered by David and Keith Carradine, as well as Suzy Amis, David Dukes, and Tracey Needham. Not the kind of cast you’d want if box office was an issue, but for a made for cable production, these names more than warrant inclusion. The film was even based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, so name draw is one element that Last Stand at Saber River has. But does the movie go against the grain of made for cable productions, or is this another mediocre time burner? This is not a bad movie. But it is so predictable and by the numbers, there isn’t much to praise. If you don’t mind the same old western formula, then Last Stand at Saber River is a decent rental, but don’t expect much.

Video: How does it look?

Last Stand at Saber River is presented in full frame, as intended. Although 1997 seems like just a short time back, this film was first broadcast over seven years ago. The world of original pictures has evolved since then, as evidenced by this lackluster visual effort. The movie is watchable, by all means, but this doesn’t offer the kind of treatment we’re used to. The print has numerous instances of debris and grain, which soften the image and drag down the score. Even so, as I said the movie isn’t in terrible condition and given the low profile, this is probably as good as it gets.

Audio: How does it sound?

This sounds much like you’d expect from a cable production of this kind, a solid stereo surround soundtrack that isn’t memorable, but covers the bases. The film has some gunfights that juice the speakers a little, but keep in mind, this is not a full on surround option. In other words, expect louder, but not exactly more immersive. Even so, this sounds good for what it is, which is all we can ask. The music has a pleasant presence also, adding to the film’s atmosphere nicely. No troubles with vocals either, as all the dialogue comes across in clear fashion, so not a single word is lost. This disc also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French, just in case.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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