Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, The 4K UltraHD

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Strong bloody violence throughout, prtvasive language throughout, and some sexual content
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In "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard," 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 aritst 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). (Gary Reber)

Special features include four featurettes: "Ryan, Sam, Salma: One F'd Up Family" (HD 09:09), "Gone Soft: The New Michael Bryce" (HD 07:22), "#Stuntlife" (HD 07:47) and "On The Set" (HD 04:02); a gag reel (HD 04:40); theatrcial trailers and a digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Hawk Scope using the Arri Alexa Miini and Arri Alexa SXT Plus camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. As with the original, resolution is excellent with fine detail evident throughout in facial features, skin pores, hair, clothes and object textures, including building facades and foliage in Italy locals. The scenery is spectacular. Color fidelity is excellent with natural hues throughout, including perfectly realistically natural and healthy fleshtones. The wide color gamut reveals nuanced hue shadings, which adds to the remarkable textures. Color depth and saturation are excellent as well as intensified highlights exhibited in lights and bright skies. HDR contrast is excellent with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation, as well as natural whites and brightness. This, as the original, is a terrific-looking visual experience that offers a lot of exciting imaging engagement. (Gary Reber)

The soundtrack is incorrectly credited as a Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack, when it is a Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel presentation, sans a height layer. As with the original, at ear level, is terrific with dynamic-sounding atmospherics and sound effects. This includes intense explosions and machine gun, rifle, and hand gun fire as well as vehicle crashes. Directionality is evident throughout and at times aggressively. Deep bass is often boisterous in the .1 LFE channel, extending to sub-25 Hz during the action scenes. Atli Orvarsson's music score occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible with mostly natural spatial integration. All in all, this is an exciting dynamic-sounding experience.(Gary Reber)