Sound & Vision - - ENTERTAINMENT - David Vaughn

Be­ing a body­guard is a tough busi­ness, but Michael Bryce was at one time con­sid­ered the best, earn­ing him the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing a triple-A ex­ec­u­tive pro­tec­tion agent. Un­for­tu­nately, if you lose a client, your life will take a turn for the worse, which is ex­actly what hap­pened to Bryce when he wasn’t able to suc­cess­fully pro­tect a dis­tin­guished Ja­panese client. Two years have gone by, and in or­der to make a liv­ing, he’s re­sorted to pro­tect­ing sec­ond-class clients—like lawyers. Luck­ily for him, he gets a re­quest from In­ter­pol to es­cort an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned hit­man, Dar­ius Kin­caid, from Manch­ester to the Hague in or­der to tes­tify against a ruth­less dic­ta­tor, who has dis­patched a team of as­sas­sins to en­sure that the wit­ness never ar­rives.

I gen­er­ally don’t like these types of vi­o­lent movies, but I re­ally loved Ryan Reynolds in Dead­pool and Sa­muel L. Jack­son in vir­tu­ally ev­ery role, so I had to give this 4K disc a spin. Need­less to say, I loved it. The story is much bet­ter that I ex­pected, it has the right blend of ac­tion and com­edy, and the chem­istry be­tween the two stars is ex­cep­tional. Sure, there’s plenty of vi­o­lence and foul lan­guage, but I couldn’t help my­self de­spite the flaws, es­pe­cially Salma Hayek’s char­ac­ter.

Many Ul­tra HD 4K discs are de­rived from 2K dig­i­tal in­ter­me­di­ates, but that’s not the case here. The film was shot on var­i­ous Arri Alexa cam­eras, cap­tured at 3.4K, and fin­ished in 4K with spectacular re­sults. The level of de­tail is off the charts in both close-ups and long shots. The over­head fly­bys of the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Europe are breath­tak­ing and make you want to call your travel agent and book a trip. The colors pop off the screen, es­pe­cially red and green, and black lev­els are to die for.

Just as im­pres­sive is the Dolby At­mos sound­track, which fea­tures plenty of gun­shots, ex­plo­sions, and a plethora of dis­crete ef­fects. This is on full dis­play when In­ter­pol tries to sneak Kin­caid out of Eng­land and the bad guys stage an am­bush. Buckle up and pre­pare for one hell of a demo scene as Kin­caid shows why he’s one of the most lethal hitmen in the world.

The sup­ple­ments are housed on the 4K discs—thank you, Lion­s­gate—so there’s no need to pop in the in­cluded 1080p Blu-ray to delve into the pro­duc­tion. The mid­dling pack­age of bonus fea­tures in­cludes out­takes, deleted/ex­tended/al­ter­nate scenes, four fea­turettes, a di­rec­tor’s com­men­tary, and a

UV Dig­i­tal Copy.


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