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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« on: August 05, 2021, 09:53:10 AM »


Studio: Lions Gate
Release Date: August 17, 2021
Rating: R
Film: 3/5

Plot
The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hit man Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – are back. Still unlicensed, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by the volatile spouses, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as…well, you’ll have to see.

My Thoughts
For some strange reason I enjoyed the first movie mainly due to the two stars, so I had to give this second one a try. Is it as good as the first? No. Is it overly violent and crude? Absolutely. Did I have a good time watching it? Yes. Do I feel guilty for saying that? More than you know!

The plot isn’t very deep and is mainly there to give Reynolds and Jackson as much screen time together as possible. The pair play off each other extremely well and even though I find Hayek’s character way too crude and somewhat stupid, she provides a few laughs herself. One of the funniest scenes in the movie is when Jackson finally gets to meet Reynolds’ father—we had to rewind the scene because we were laughing so hard we missed some of the dialog.

Like the first film, this was shot in 2.4K but finished in 4K and the results look marvelous in UHD. The level of detail is off the charts in both close-ups and long shots. The European locations look amazing as you can see every intricate detail in the buildings and the color palette is to die for. My only gripe is the green screen scenes stick out a little bit, but this isn’t the fault of the encode.

The Atmos track is very good, but not the best it could be. Overhead effects are all but forgotten outside of the action scenes and the LFE while bombastic, could have provided a tad more thump below 25Hz.

Video 10/10

Audio 9/10 (Dolby Atmos)

Special Features:

• Ryan, Sam, Salma: One F’d Up Family
• Gone Soft: The New Michael Bryce
• Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard: #stuntlife
• One the Set of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
• Gag Reel
• Theatrical Trailers
• UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy




Conclusion
This is an over-the-top action/comedy that doesn’t hide its true intentions. It will have some crude and gross-out moments (due to splattering blood) and is wildly violent, but the humor makes up for this and even my wife enjoyed the film. Even though the film runs only 95 minutes, the third act does seem to take forever, but overall, it delivers the good—especially on the A/V front. Recommended for fans of the genre.


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« Last Edit: August 20, 2021, 04:49:47 PM by David Vaughn »
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2021, 10:13:57 AM »
Sounds like fun. I haven't seen the first one, but I might need to consider adding these to my action comedy section! 
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2021, 10:24:11 AM »
Looking forward to part 2 
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2021, 12:37:58 PM »
Really like both of those leads - haven't seen the first so it's gotta go on the list!

Can't help but wonder if this gets extended into franchise silliness territory b/c with the family relationship tag in the title... how far do you go? "The Hitman's 2nd Cousin Once Removed's Bodyguard"? 

Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2021, 02:42:43 PM »
Really like both of those leads - haven't seen the first so it's gotta go on the list!

Can't help but wonder if this gets extended into franchise silliness territory b/c with the family relationship tag in the title... how far do you go? "The Hitman's 2nd Cousin Once Removed's Bodyguard"?
Wait until you see the ending of the second film...you have no idea what they can do with the title of the next one :)
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2021, 08:03:52 PM »
This was great!  I loved it. Sound was outstanding! The bass with BEQ was incredible

The PQ was gorgeous as well. Very vibrant colors! 

Great fun
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2021, 07:55:04 PM »
This was great!  I loved it. Sound was outstanding! The bass with BEQ was incredible

The PQ was gorgeous as well. Very vibrant colors!

Great fun
Glad you enjoyed it. 
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2021, 07:06:33 PM »
The first one was better, but I enjoyed both. :)
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2021, 07:14:15 AM »
The first one was better, but I enjoyed both. :)
I don't disagree. Both are mindless fun though :)
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2021, 04:05:14 PM »
Agreed
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Re: Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2021, 04:22:42 AM »
Greetings,

The first remains in my collection but, I wouldn't say that I am a fan. I opted out of covering this one. Glad you enjoyed it Dave!


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