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"RED" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed byJim Milton

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Synopsis

Frank (Willis) is a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet life alone... until the day a hit squad shows up to kill him. With his identity compromised, Frank reassembles his old team Joe (Freeman), Marvin (Malkovich) and Victoria (Mirren) and sets out to prove that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Stand back and watch the bullets fly in this explosive action-comedy that critics call a rip-roaring good time. RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous)…who said retirement was boring?

Specifications

  • Summit Entertainment
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 51 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.35:1
  • Codec:  MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Special Edition), Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Starring:  Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren
  • Directed by Robert Schwentke
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

RED is the action-comedy about a small group of retired CIA field operatives who are targeted for elimination by nefarious government groups and must team up to fight off the threat and reveal the culprit. This movie is fun, if not mindless. I am a big fan of John Malkovich, and he plays a great off-kilter, paranoid ex-CIA agent. Willis plays the Die Hard tough guy and the plot is a by-the-numbers crooks in the government scenario. Helen Mirren is the real surprise here…a proper lady who happens to be deadly with a gun. Richard Dreyfuss plays a very weak villain and Ernest Borgnine makes a brief appearence, as well. All together, the movie provides lots of action, comedy and some romance. This is a fine Friday evening popcorn movie.

Technical

Picture quality is generally good, though I noticed smearing during the out door pan shots. Some of the darker scenes get swallowed in shadows, but fine details are abundant. Colors are vibrant and the firey explosions will fill the screen with lush flames. Sound is in DD 5.1, and though the explosions sounded great, I missed the high resolution sound BD is capable of providing. Only the Special Edition (2 disc set) has the DTS-HD Master Audio sound. What’s up with that?

Extras

Commentary, extended and deleted scenes.