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Kick-Ass (2010/Lionsgate 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

Picture: A/B+ Sound: A Extras: B Film: B

One of the best comic book to film adaptations to date is 2010's Kick-Ass, which helped launch Director Matthew Vaughn into the spotlight, and no doubt paved the way to his Kingsman franchise (also pinned by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar). His absence was sorely missed in the second film, which was close to the comic (and a fun performance by Jim Carrey) but not as affective as the original. Based on the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. comic that it improves upon in some ways, the film is pretty close to its source material with some minor changes here and there. It is also one of Nicolas Cage's best performances as the sinister Big Daddy.

The funny thing about this movie is the cast and how many of them have played multiple superheroes for different properties since its original release. Nicolas Cage was of course Ghost Rider, Aaron Taylor-Johnson went on to play Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Evan Peters... um... also... played Quicksilver... though in Fox's X-Men prequel/sequels Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. All of these films and many more are reviewed elsewhere in this site as we have extensively covered the superhero/comic book genre over the years. Mark Strong (also in Vaughn's Kingsman films) was Sinestro in DC's disastrous Green Lantern feature film attempt with Ryan Reynolds, a role that he was perfect for.

Surprisingly of the bunch the only cast member not in a superhero movie yet aside from this is Chloe Grace Moretz, an actress who admittedly was more charming as a child star seen here as Hit Girl, her best role to date. She did was she could with the so-so (and un-necessary) Carrie remake a few years back, but it's going to take a good role to get her back in big films like this since her last good role was in Scorsese's incredible Hugo (2011). Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the Red Mist is a fun character as well. It's a shame we don't see more of him these days (he has does a lot of voice acting lately) even if he is a bit one note.

Everybody has dreamed of becoming a real life superhero at one time or another. But for Dave Lizewski (Taylor-Johnson), he's becoming one for real. Unhappy with his high school social status and trying to bate the girl of his dreams, (Lyndsy Fonseca), Lizewski becomes Kick-Ass - a crime fighting vigilante! After making his appearance saving a life to the world via a YouTube video, he soon finds out that he's not the only one putting on a cape and mask. Big Daddy (Cage), Hit Girl (Moretz) and the Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse) all come forward and face off against Kick Ass when he gets involved in a high stakes mob scheme led by Frank D'Amico (Strong). With no real superpowers, Kick-Ass must rely on his instincts and his friends to get out of this caper in one piece!

Kick-Ass has landed early for back catalog offerings on the new 4K UHD format and looks far better than the previous Blu-ray release. Presented in 2160p on 4K UHD with HDR (high dynamic range 10-bit color) in 2.40:1 widescreen and tracks in Dolby Atmos 11.1 and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless mixes, it looks like this film was shot last week. The soundtrack to this movie is pretty fantastic with songs from Prodigy, Joan Jett, Primal Scream, Ennio Morricone and others and a wild original score from composer Henry Jackman (who also scored the second film). Also included is the original 1080p Blu-ray of the film and a digital copy, both of which are more compressed versions of the film. When comparing them to the 4K UHD, there's really no contest in terms of sharpness and definition.

The film is very bright and colorful and these elements especially shine in the presentation. The upgrade on the sound mix with an incredibly vibrant Dolby Atmos upgrade track is phenomenal, especially during the many action sequences. While I don't see part two hitting the format anytime soon after it's flop in the box office, the first film remains pretty strong and fun even if some of its pop culture jokes are a little dated now.

A digital UV copy is also included.


"A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass" 4-Part Documentary

"It's On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass" Featurette

Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Matthew Vaughn

Marketing Archive


Ass-Kicking Bonus View Mode (Blu-ray Disc Exclusive) - Synchronous with the feature film, this innovative multi-media presentation incorporates video and audio commentary, behind-the-scenes clips and illustrative graphics with Co-Writer/Producer/Director Matthew Vaughn, plus cast and crew providing an all-access perspective on Kick-Ass.

"The Art of Kick-Ass" Gallery

This is a nice 4K presentation of a fun movie that I would suggest if you have the means to enjoy it. One must wonder if there will ever be a Kick-Ass 3 or if Matthew Vaughn will regain interest in the film's cartoonish, yet somewhat realistic world.

- James Lockhart



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