Frank and Jesse (1994) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Robert Boris
Starring: Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton, Randy Travis
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1 (BD-r)
AVAILABLE FROM Lionsgate Films
At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by Chicago railroad investors, the James and Younger brothers, Bob and Charlie Ford, Clell Miller and Arch Clements take to robbing banks, trains and coaches, with Pinkerton sworn to bringing them to justice.
In this western fantasy of sorts, the notorious James brothers are doing bad things but still being shown as heroes and out for revenge. That makes it an old school western revenge flick and it is mostly done justice from a movie aspect by the great cast and actors we have on the screen here. Bill Paxton and Rob Lowe standout in a very good way and when you combine that with a solid plot like this one has, you might have to toss some logic out the window but you still have a good movie on your hands regardless and it makes for a good popcorn flick if nothing else. The movie isn’t all blood and guts, it has a lot of character development that brings a good side to what could have been seen as just another western about Jesse James. That isn’t the case here and that’s a very good thing.
If you know anything about history you’ll realize that from a historical standpoint, this movie is all sorts of wrong on times, places, and just facts in general. Of course, this isn’t a history class and I don’t really care per-say about such things, but if you do care and are bugged about stuff like that, then you will be annoyed by that here. Other than that, it’s a solid film with a good story to tell even if it seems to be plucked out of thin air. The transfer isn’t great, but it’s solid as well. If you’ve been waiting on this to hit Blu-ray, then this release will at least make do.
Quality of Transfer: 91%