Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Blu-ray review

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Synopsis: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

What’s it like? James Bond meets Quentin Tarantino.

Film: 9/10. Director Matthew Vaughn amps everything up to 11 in this spy homage/parody and it works… most of the time. The film has a serious dramatic core which occasionally finds itself at odds with the insanity on show in the rest of the film. Aside from that, it’s refreshing to see a film committed to extreme comedy and action and unafraid of going places a lot of “action” films won’t these days. The church scene alone is worth the price of admission! 129 mins.

Picture quality: 9/10. Kingsman is a solid looking disc. There’s plenty of fine detail on show and the colour palette is quite natural save for certain sequences where tones are adjusted for effect. It’s so precise that ultimately the only detractor is that some of the CGI doesn’t quite hold up, but that’s no fault of the technical presentation on the disc.

Audio quality: 9/10. Kingsman is a sonic assault in the best sense. Right from the opening scene we’re treated to deep low end content, plenty of surround activity and a thumping soundtrack. It sets the tone for the film and is the perfect accompaniment for the visuals. Occasionally the dialogue is slightly low in the mix when competing with the heaviest of action sequences filled with sound effects and score. It’s a minor detractor though.

Trailer: YouTube

Disc reviewed: Country: U.S., Studio: 20th Century Fox, Region: Region free

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton

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30 Days of Night (2007) – Blu-ray review

What’s it like? Day of the Dead meets The Thing meets Silent Hill.

Film: 8/10. Based on the graphic novel, this vampire film breaks free from most horror cliches to deliver an experience with as much focus placed on the emotions of the characters as there is on the copious amounts of claret that flows freely. 113 mins.

Picture quality: 9/10. One of the most impressive releases early on in the Blu-ray format’s life, this film has amazing detail and colour reproduction considering the majority is set at night.

Audio quality: 10/10. Subtle at times and aggressive at others, this mix has perfect prioritisation. A flawless mix with plenty of surround activity and LFE content.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/Q8Hyae4TbHU

Disc reviewed: Country: U.K., Studio: Icon Home Entertainment, Region: region free

Director: David Slade
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Boone Junior

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