Killing Gunther

WSR Score3.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Violence, language, and some sexual material
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92 Minutes
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Taran Killam
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"Killing Gunther" is an action comedy set in the world of contract killers. A group of young, raw, and undisciplined assassins hire a docu-crew at gunpoint to have undeniable proof that they're the ones who will kill the most infamous hit man of all time, Gunther (Schwarzenegger). But Gunther is on to them before they know it and makes their live a living hell, turning the hunters into the prey in a kill-or-be-killed race against time. (Gary Reber)

Special features include deleted scenes (HD 02:11), a bloopers reel (HD 05:49), upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is captured from the perspective of a docu-crew, who constantly document the assassin team's movements and thinking as the members inter-relate. Image quality is generally good, though, the camera is largely handheld and consequently unsteady. The color palette is inconsistent, though, mostly naturally hued as in a home video movie. Fleshtones are also generally natural. Resolution is decent, with finer detail evident in close-ups. Contrast is decent, with acceptable black levels and shadow delineation. Overall, the picture is pleasing but not distinguished in visual quality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused throughout, with quite a bit of gunfire and explosions that are nicely weighted with bass energy. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with good spatial integration, captured as production sound. Atmospherics and sound effects tend to be production sound. Gunfire can be directional and panned to the surrounds. Bass is at times deep, such as explosions and in selected music segments. The music is recorded well, with good soundstage presence that extends to the surrounds. Overall, this is a fun soundtrack for a wacky story. (Gary Reber)