Movie Review: GONE ARE THE DAYS (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

GONE ARE THE DAYS was directed by Mark Landre Gould from a screenplay by Gregory M. Tucker and stars Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger, Danny Trejo, Billy Lush, Lulu Wilson, Steve Railsback, Meg Steedle and Jamie McShane.

With his days winding down, an aging gunman sets out on an epic quest to perform one last good deed, hoping to save his soul. Danny Trejo, Lance Henriksen, and Tom Berenger headline this epic Western saga of a fading gunman’s quest for justice. Seeing his days are growing short, Taylon (Lance Henriksen) rises from his deathbed, puts on his spurs, and hits the trail in search of redemption. He crosses the desert to a gold-rush town, where he finds his estranged daughter working in a brothel. But to earn her freedom, he must confront the town’s vengeful sheriff (Tom Berenger) — who has an old score to settle with Taylon.

The movie takes place in the late 1800’s and follows Taylon, this old dying outlaw who decides to go on one last adventure to right some of the wrongs he’s done. He’s also haunted by some of the things from his past and has a hard time living with it all. Robbing a bank is a part of his agenda but keeping the money isn’t part of the plan. He ends up in the small town where his estranged daughter Heidi (Meg Steedle) works in a brothel and he wants to spend a little time with her before he checks out. The thing is, she isn’t aware that Taylon is actually her father so there are a few akward moments between the father and daughter.

Old Taylon has always been known as this ruthless outlaw but when it comes to Heidi there’s definitely a soft spot present. Taylon’s plan is to get his daughter out of town so she can start over again and of course all of that money he steals ends up being for her. Standing in Taylon’s way is Will, a former Texas Ranger turned small town sheriff who has a long history with the old man. These two go way back but instead of this meeting becoming a heated gunslinging reunion, Will sees that Taylon is on his last leg and lets bygones be bygones. In the end, the old man can never find the courage to tell Heidi that he’s her father but she does find out why he cares about her so much.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features some matching artwork and the DVD disc is flat gray and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear and the picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, we don’t really get a lot of westerns these days so whenever I hear of one I get curious about it and wonder if it’s going to be any good. Gone are the Days ended up being one heck of a watch that features an interesting story that’s complimented by some great performances by the talented cast. Lance Henrikson and Tom Berenger sell it as these two old timers who are on the opposite sides of the law but there’s also this respect and kinship between the two men. Everything here is just right, from the setting and location to the wardrobes and grittiness of the movie. This is an old school-style western that doesn’t hold anything back so it’s violent but it also has a lot of heart. Director Mark Landre Gould has delivered one of the best westerns to come along in a while and it’s definitely worth checking out. Gone are the Days will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on April 10th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, some interviews, official trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Behind the Scenes of Gone Are the Days” Featurette (22:01)
  • Cast and Crew Interviews (02:23)
  • Official Trailer (01:21)
  • Digital Copy

 

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