The Suicide Squad: 4K Ultra HD
(Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Rooker, et al / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray / R / 2021 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X.
Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement.
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Verdict: Studio Distribution Services / Warner Bros. is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this month with the release of the spectacularly opulent and thrillingly graphic The Suicide Squad coming to 4K Ultra HD video format this October 26th, 2021.
For my money, this The Suicide Squad: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray combo pack 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 The Suicide Squad 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: Native 4K (2160p), HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 and Original aspect ratio: 1.90:1.
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. In fact, for me, one of the biggest beneficiaries of this is Harley Quinn escaping capture (“Just a Gigolo”).
After falling in love and subsequently killing Silvio Luna (Juan Diego Botto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) escapes the presidential palace and dozens of armed guards in one of the most spectacular moments of the entire movie.
Set to Louis Prima’s “Just a Gigolo,” this flashy, violent, and partially animated (all those damn birds and flowers look amazing) sequence is great for a myriad of reasons with the biggest being the juxtaposition of intense violence and a catchy poppy jazz song playing in the background.
Oh, and those 360-degree shots of Harley spinning around and killing everyone in sight, whilst all being filmed in oh-so bright colors is a right real gem, trust me!
Also, the opening scene re: meeting Savant (“Folsom Prison Blues”) hits home well as it not only seems fitting that the first character we see in The Suicide Squad is indeed Savant, played by one of James Gunn’s longtime collaborators, Michael Rooker.
And it only seems more fitting to have the live version of Johnny Cash’s iconic live version of “Folsom Prison Blues” playing in the background (The Man in Black previously opened Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, which was written by Gunn).
As for the audio, well we have a veritable smorgasbord of choice here: English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps), French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps) and Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps).
As for the story itself, well, in 2016, movie theaters were polluted by one of the absolute worst films based on a DC comic property ever. Suicide Squad (2016) is an absolute disaster in every since of the word and I don’t think anyone who understands the fundamental basics of filmmaking would disagree with that so this new The Suicide Squad (as a cinematic rehash) had a lot going against it.
Thankfully with the help of a more talented director, lack of studio involvement, cast of mostly new (and significantly better characters) characters and a smarter script, The Suicide Squad not only joins Shazam (2019) as the only good movies about this disaster of a cinematic universe, but is also one of the best comic book films in recent memory!
It’s a movie that is oozing with style and underneath all that is a good amount of heart similar to that of the Guardians Of The Galaxy films while the tone is more like James Gunn’s previous films such as Slither (2006) and Super (2010) - two movies I would highly recommend if you haven’t seen them. Furthermore, the film is boosted by phenomenal action sequences that hold no punches back and are completely unpredictable.
But what makes this movie so memorable and wonderful are the characters. Bloodsport is essentially a likable version of Deadshot who’s significantly more relatable and feels more human than he has any right to be. Rick Flag is miles better here. Instead of being the boring, macho man, no nonsense character who feels like he is from Call Of Duty (that he was in the first movie), he actually gets a chance to develop here and has better chemistry with the team as well as a more likable and interesting personality. It makes you wonder where this persona was in the first movie as Joel Kinnaman gives a significantly better performance here.
Margot Robbie in this film is the best she’s been as Harley Quinn, in my humble opinion. This is the first time I actually like this character because she feels like an actual character instead of a fan service icon she was in Birds Of Prey and Suicide Squad.
She exhibits a quite wondrous acting range and is actually entertaining to watch. Polka Dot Man seems like a goofy character (which he admittedly is) and could just be a throwaway character just there to die - but nope!
Instead he’s actually a good person at heart and is very useful in the film. King Shark has the design of a giant squeaky toy that also happens to eat people. The CGI for him was really good as well. Very appealing, very memorable and very scary when he needs to be!
Peacemaker was just awesome. I used to rag on John Cena and claim he was a bad, cardboard cut out actor, but here, he is actually terrific. Do more roles like this and less crap like Playing With Fire please, thank you!
But my favorite character would have to be Ratcatcher 2. She’s this innocent teenage cutesy girl who is really kind and is easily the heart of the film. She’s instantly likable and the actress is absolutely fantastic.
Indeed, without her, the script would feel so my more one dimensional but if there’s anything James Gunn isn’t, it’s one dimensional. He manages to do what he does best with these characters: take people nobody knows and make them fan favorites among the mainstream audience.
The music is also rather fantastic and the use of the songs fit in so much better than that other variation from 2016!. Simply put, James Gunn outdid himself here and this is easily his best film with Super being a VERY close second, in my humble opinion.
• Gag Reel
• Gotta Love the Squad
• The Way of The Gunn
• It’s a Suicide Mission Scene Breakdown
• My Guns Bigger Than Yours Scene Breakdown
• Harley’s Great Escape Scene Breakdown
• The Fall of Jotunheim Scene Breakdown
• Starro: It’s a Freakin Kaiju!
• Bringing King Shark To Life
• War Movie Retro Trailer
• Horror Movie Retro Trailer
• Buddy-Cop Retro Trailer
• Directors Commentary by Director/Writer James Gunn
• Deleted & Extended Scenes
Witness the collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup when The Suicide Squad arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on September 17th, 2021.
The film is directed by James Gunn (the “Guardian of Galaxy” films) from his own screenplay and stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (“Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), and Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise).
The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on October 26th, 2021.
The Suicide Squad | 4K ULTRA HD | Official Trailer
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