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Release Date: April 2nd, 2019 Movie Release Year: 2018

The Mule

Overview -

Clint Eastwood delivers another fun performance (his last?) in The Mule, a movie that reminds us that the actor/director/producer still has plenty left in the tank when it comes to entertaining viewers. This Blu-ray release of the movie provides both solid video and audio, and a worthwhile (albeit brief) look behind the scenes of the movie. For Eastwood fans everywhere, this one is Recommended.

Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn't the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him.

OVERALL:
Recommended
Rating Breakdown
STORY
VIDEO
AUDIO
SPECIAL FEATURES
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital
Video Resolution/Codec:
1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Length:
116
Aspect Ratio(s):
2.40:1
Audio Formats:
Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles/Captions:
English SDH, French, and Spanish
Special Features:
Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule<br>
Release Date:
April 2nd, 2019

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

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In what may be his last on-screen performance, Clint Eastwood’s The Mule is a strong entry in his filmography, providing fans with another layered performance that is sure to please audiences.

You can read our full thoughts on The Mule in our 4K UltraHD review of the movie HERE.

Video Review

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The Mule was filmed using a combination of the Arri Alexa XT and Arri Alexa Mini (both digital) cameras and arrives on Blu-ray presented in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio.

While the transfer does have some minor problems, like a few moments of aliasing/shimmering in the image, for the most part, viewers will be pleased. Details are sharp and many of the outdoor scenes provide some real depth to them, although indoor and nighttime sequences do come off as a bit "flatter" (this is a frequent result of movies shot on Arri equipment and likely not a problem with this transfer). Black levels, for the most part, are solid and noise is kept to a minimum throughout. Eastwood has never been a flashy director and most (but not all) of his sequences have a rather drab, earthy, color palette, but the 1080p image provides a good rendering of the director's intent on home video.

Audio Review

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Both the Blu-ray and 4K UltraHD of The Mule provide the same audio options, with an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track being the featured one for English-speaking viewers/listeners. You can read more about the audio in our 4K UltraHD review of the movie HERE. The short version? It's not flashy, but it delivers the dialogue-driven mix well, preserving the filmmakers' intent.

Special Features

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  • The Making of The Mule: Nobody Runs Forever (HD 10:59) – A standard, but entertaining, look at how the movie came to the big screen, with comments from Director/Producer/Star Clint Eastwood, as well as Producers Kristina Rivera and Tim Moore, Screenwriter Nick Schenk, Production Designer Kevin Ishioka, Camera Operator/2nd Unit Director Stephen S. Campanelli, Supervising Location Manager Patrick Mignano, Property Master Mike Sexton, Costume Designer Deborah Hopper, and stars Andy Garcia, Ignacio Serricchio, Alison Eastwood, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, and Bradley Cooper.
  • Toby Keith "Don't Let the Old Man In" Music Video (HD 2:54) – A few years back, there was an interview with Eastwood where someone asked him how he keeps his energy up and remains so busy given his advanced years. His reply was, "Don't let the old in." Well, that must have caught the eye of someone (perhaps Clint himself) involved with this movie, as the film's end credits feature this Toby Keith song. This is the music video for it, featuring footage from the film.

Final Thoughts

In what may be his final performance in front of the camera, Clint Eastwood's The Mule is a great piece of entertainment, proving that age has in no way diminished his ability to win over audiences with his on-screen presence. While this Blu-ray release isn't big on extras, it provides a solid A/V rendering of the movie that collectors of Clint will want to make sure to add to their permanent collection. Recommended.