Nobody [4K Ultra HD]
(Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen, et al / 4K Blu-ray+Digital / R / 2021 / Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
Overview: Sometimes the man you do not notice is the most dangerous of all. Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, The Post, Nebraska) stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking lifes indignities on the chin and never pushing back.
When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence.
His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only further away.
The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutchs long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills.
In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov, Amazons McMafia) - and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.
Blu-ray Verdict: Universal Studios Home Entertainment is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this month with the release of the euphorically mesmerizing, and gloriously colorful Nobody in the expansive 4K Ultra HD video format this June 22nd, 2021.
For my money, this Nobody: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital combo packs sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog and even comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the complete 4K Ultra HD experience, of course.
So, what we have is Nobody presented to us as a two-disc combo pack with a sheet for a Digital HD Copy. Other stand out points you should know are: Codec: HEVC / H.265, Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p), HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 and Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1.
Featuring Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter, deeper, and way more lifelike colors, as with most all 4K UHDs, everything that we watch features these qualities - but somehow, this film gloriously shines within them all.
Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what is more is that it is enjoyably noticeable.
For as well as some new nuances to the somewhat drab palette courtesy of Dolby Vision we also get to witness sudden bright pops of color; such as the truly magnificent I Burned It scene, where Odenkirk is recalling how the home invasion, and all that followed, has awoken something long dormant inside him.
Indeed, the picture enjoys the fruits of the added resolution in terms of bringing out the aforementioned extremely fine facial and some of the yellow graded material - notably the fine detail to the faces within the House Invasion scene, where Odenkirk and company are reactively terrified about what is going on in front of them.
As for the audio, well we have a veritable smorgasbord of choice here: English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1.
Overall, this is a very strong 4K HDR Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.
OK, well, as for the actual movie, What if Bob Odenkirk starred in a John Wick-style, R-rated action movie with a darkly comedic tinge to it?
Well, that is basically Nobody summed up in a nutshell and fans of Odenkirk who know what they are getting themselves into will not be disappointed.
The films plot centers around Odenkirks character getting revenge on perpetrators responsible for a home invasion. I will not get into any more details, but suffice it to say it gets increasingly gonzo and outlandish as it goes on!
Having always been a fan of Odenkirk as an actor, he is great here. His character is presented as an ordinary everyman, but he has a clear charisma while with his family and also manages to come off as a real badass during the action scenes.
It is not a role that requires much emotional range, but he always gives it his all in character, as is to be expected from him - and luckily, the films (completely) over-the-top action scenes are extremely well-choreographed and creative.
They are pretty vicious too, including a hard-hitting, almost hard to watch action set piece on a public bus. You can tell the stunt and fight training that went into them is terrific.
As far as the films aesthetics go, the cinematography and editing are both really strong. The film always looks sleek visually, and the action scenes and montages are able to use quick cuts in very clever ways.
There are some solid uses of dark comedy to give the films tone a bit of bite and a sense of distinctness compared to some of the other vigilante-style modern action movies.
I also loved the films rock-filled soundtrack and please know the music is effectively and creatively used at all the right moments throughout the movie - including action choreography sometimes being properly set to them.
That all said, the main flaw of Nobody is that its plot is rather formulaic. Even though the execution of the film (action scenes, style, lead actor) is pretty good, the concept certainly screams been there, done that.
There is also a plot trope that ends up getting thrown into the narrative a bit late that also comes across as rather dull. That said, the films other elements are strong enough to definitely make it recommendable to genre-film aficionados.
It is not going to be for everyone, but action fans will have a blast, and if you think it is for you, you are most probably correct!
Taking a peak at a one of the few Special Features included on this 4K Ultra HD release, as for me personally, it is the mother of all of the, it is Breaking Down The Action, where (in this case) Bob Odenkirk and Daniel Bernhardt (co-fight coordinator) Break Down the Bus Fight Scene.
Man, these two for ten minutes give us - along with slowed down footage of said fight scene - one heck of an insight into how the scene was planned, and planned, and panned, and yet Odenkirk still managed to crack his head against the inner side partition wall of the bus after one particular smack down!
He further explains that it was something that he had wanted to happen from the very start of the mapping out of the bus fight scene, as no real tough guys - like Jason Bourne or Jason Statham - would ever hit their head in such a clumsy manner in a fight, which then showcased his character as a complete fighting novice!
This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
HUTCH HITS HARD â€“ Discover how Bob Odenkirk trained to bring his character Hutch Mansell to life
BREAKING DOWN THE ACTION (Bus Fight, Home Invasion, Car Chase and Tool & Die Sequences) â€“ A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the films explosive set pieces
JUST A NOBODY â€“ A look at the personal beginning of the story for Bob Odenkirk and the unique style and sensibility that director Ilya Naishuller brought to the film
FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH ACTOR/PRODUCER BOB ODENKIRK AND DIRECTOR ILYA NAISHULLER
FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR ILYA NAISHULLER
From the writer of legendary action film John Wick, comes NOBODY, the story of an ordinary, family man (Bob Odenkirk, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) who will stop at nothing to defend what is his. NOBODY is available to own for the first time on Digital June 8th, 2021 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on June 22nd, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Nobody will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR, which dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.
It will also feature HDR10+TM, HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience.
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