Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is a bodyguard whose reputation is on the skids after one of his contracts was assassinated while under his watchful eye. It’s been two long years since then and his bodyguard business hasn’t recovered in the least. As luck would have it, Bryce gets a shot to prove himself anew when he is hired by Interpol to escort the world’s most feared hitman from Manchester to the Hague. This particular hitman is none other than Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) and we soon find out that the two have some bad blood between them. This is when the excitement and laughs really begin.
2017, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 58 mins
Dolby Atmos Audio, 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, and Kirsty Mitchell
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
This movie was a total hoot! It was such fun with some good laughs, excellent action scenes, better than average performances, and a great sound track. There was romance, bro-style comedy, and action galore. The movie is technically accomplished with near reference quality audio and video production values. I wanted to give it four stars for entertainment but I didn’t. In my view, only movies that embody high art receive four or more stars. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t be watching this one again because I will. Maybe more than a few times. This Blu-ray gets a solid recommendation.
The video quality of this Blu-ray is just shy of a full-blown reference standard. There is apparently little untoward manipulation of the video. This means that the movie which was shot digitally has gobs of detail with largely natural colors though there does appear to be a hint of blue shift in some scenes. There were a few darks scenes that lost detail in darkest gray parts of the screen but the loss in detail was of little consequence and resulted in no deduction to my score.
The audio on this disc is also of a very high quality. The Atmos track is extremely immersive with detailed response even at the frequency extremes. I liked that most of the special effects weren’t overblown or unduly hyped up. OK, well every now and then the bass effects were a little over the top 😉 By and large though this was also a reference-class reproduction. The technical quality really enhanced the viewing experience and I especially enjoyed the excellent music and how it was presented in the mix.
This is a two-disc package with the Blu-ray, a DVD, and a Digital HD Code.
There were quite a few interesting and entertaining on-disc features – Big Action in a Big World Featurette, Director’s Commentary, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes, Alternate Scenes, The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Love Story, Hitman vs. Bodyguard, and Dangerous Women.