Grudge Match

WSR Score2.5
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Peter Segal
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In Grudge Match, Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) are two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each has scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knockout punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate, Jr. (Hart), seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can't refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: The Bull & The Stallion (HD 14:18), In The Ring With Kevin Hart (HD 05:00), Ringside With Tyson & Holyfield (HD 03:17), Blow For Blow With Larry Holmes (HD 03:34), and Kevin Hart Unedited (HD 03:57); an alternate opening with introduction by Director Peter Segal (HD 06:45); alternate endings with an introduction by Segal (HD 03:22); six deleted scenes (HD 06:44); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Panavision Genesis HD Camera System. The picture exhibits a warm visual quality with nicely saturated and bold hues. Fleshtones are vibrant and natural. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is generally good, though, slightly soft at times. The general appearance is warmly cinematic and pleasing throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is frontal focused throughout, with a restricted soundfield presence, even during the fight scenes in the arena. Dialogue is the focus throughout, with generally good spatial integration, though, at times is quite forward sounding. Atmospherics and sound effects are also reserved, except for the fight scenes. Bass is generally natural sounding and supportive to the music rhythms. The music score is strong at times, especially toward the ending. While generally reserved, the sonics are satisfying. (Gary Reber)