Westerns have gone the way of the dodo for the most part nowadays, but 1993’s Tombstone
starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton is one worth dusting off for a fresh look. Written by Kevin Jarre and directed by George P. Cosmatos, Tombstone
is loosely based on historical events in 1881 when Wyatt Earp (Russell) and his brothers moved to Tombstone, Arizona and faced off with a band of criminals called the Cowboys. The sun may have set on Kilmer’s film career, but his turn here as the gambling gunslinger Doc Holliday is one of the actor’s most praised performances. The box office winner also had the benefit of beating Kevin Costner’s Wyatt Earp,
which bombed, to theaters by six months.
That infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral will look and sound the best it ever has on May 4 when Buena Vista debuts Tombstone on Blu-ray for the first time with a 1080p picture and DTS-HD audio. Extras include “The Making of Tombstone,” trailers, TV spots, storyboards and possibly more that have yet to be announced. We hope one of them addresses reports that Russell actually directed much of the film even though Cosmatos is the credited director. A virtual gunfight between Kilmer Present and Kilmer Past would be a blast, but that bonus feature is about as likely as a sequel to any of Kilmer’s post-Tombstone duds like The Island of Dr. Moreau, Red Planet or The Ghost and the Darkness, the latter of which garnered him a Razzie nomination. In Tombstone, however, Kilmer is in top form and got nominated for Best Male Performance and Most Desirable Male at the MTV Movie Awards.