Cast: Douglas Booth, Dominic Cooper, Niv Sultan
Release Date: July 26, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
In the debut season of THAT DIRTY BLACK BAG, in a town full of bounty hunters, bandits and bloody vendettas, Arthur McCoy is the incorruptible sheriff who’s trying to overcome his troubled past to bring law and order to this new frontier. On the other side of things is Red Bill, an infamous solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag. When the paths of these two men collide, they both learn that in the wild west, there are no heroes, nobody is invincible, and the predators may become the prey.
Please Note: RLJE Films provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The first season of ‘That Dirty Black Bag’ centers around a small western town that while once a booming gold community has dwindled since the riches dried up and the rain stopped years prior. But when a dangerous bounty hunter called Red Bill arrives in town with a dirty black bag filled with the heads of his bounties and clashes with local Sheriff Arthur McCoy it sets off a series of chaotic events. Once Red steals the sheriff’s horse and flees, a creepy cannibal on the edge of town takes him hostage leaving his fate to McCoy. But even if he frees him from the living hell he currently finds himself in, the two will soon discover that their paths may have crossed for a reason, and they might just need each other’s help more than they could have realized.
The debut season of ‘That Dirty Black Bag’ takes viewers on a dark, violent and incredibly entertaining western ride into the olden days after the gold boom and quickly engulfs us in this tale of revenge, atonement and a general fight to survive. Populated by a collection of multilayered characters that all have their own secrets and many that aren’t always who or what they initially appear to be which as you can imagine leads to plenty of twists and turns along the way and helps to keep things from ever becoming dull or repetitive. It’s a smart and bloody series with enough action-packed excitement, insanity and numerous homages to classic westerns of old to keep you glued to the screen and always anxious to behold whatever might come next as things repeatedly take sudden turns and send us in unexpected directions as the season progresses.
The show’s first season also benefits from a fitting and well selected cast that includes Douglas Booth, Dominic Cooper, Niv Sultan, Aidan Gillen and Travis Fimmel who each help in their own right to complement the vision of Mauro Aragoni and the behind the camera team of co-writers and directors; all doing their part to help make this one work as smoothly as it does. The effort from everyone involved truly shows and the series comes together into a clever, bleak and bloody western tale that also looks fantastic. The series is definitely off to a great start and is quite a treat to behold. This unique and well-crafted western series should certainly be well worth taking the time to give a chance if you enjoy similar films and shows.
Overall, Season 1 of ‘That Dirty Black Bag’ delivers a fun, violent and engaging western tale that’s populated with colorful characters whose intentions and dark secrets are rarely clear from the onset, with plenty of fitting and often quite gorgeous scenery and locations for all of the chaos to play out amid. RLJE’s 2-disc Blu-ray release of ‘That Dirty Black Bag: Season 1’ in particular brings home all eight episodes from the show’s first season sporting impressive high definition video presentations on each that are only further complemented by solid multichannel soundtracks. While there may not be any extras included on the release, those who just want to physically own the series itself in high definition should be thoroughly pleased with the quality it has to offer. For anyone that’s already considering a purchase, the release is recommended.
The Blu-ray release of ‘That Dirty Black Bag: Season 1’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the show’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio on all of the debut season’s episodes. The video presentations look rather good as a whole and deliver clean, sharp and richly detailed presentations from start to finish on each episode. They hold up smoothly even during the many darkly lit and heavily populated moments throughout and never allow anything that’s occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or problematic along the way. Overall, these are solid high definition video presentations that should please fans of the series.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 8 Season One episodes. These multichannel soundtracks do their job quite well and provide clean, crisp and at times fairly immersive audio presentations on every episode. They utilize all five available channels in order to send music, some gunshots and nature effects along with more throughout the various speakers when appropriate, while always ensuring that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible every step of the way. Overall, these are pretty nice 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that hold up capably throughout and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘That Dirty Black Bag: Season 1’ does not include any bonus content.
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Disc Rating: 6.5/10
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