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88






Studio and Year: Lionsgate - 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Action/comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara
Directed by: Robert Luketic
Music by: Rolfe Kent
Written by: Bob DeRosa & T.M. Griffin
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 7, 2010







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Film Synopsis:

Jen Kornfeldt (Heigl) thinks she has found the man of her dreams. He’s smart, charming and funny. So what if he’s also…an international spy? Fresh off of a sudden break-up, Kornfeldt reluctantly accompanies her parents on a vacation to the French Riviera. Unexpectedly, she stumbles upon the perfect guy, the too-good-to-be-true and incredibly handsome Spencer Aimes (Kutcher). After three wonderful years of romance, the newlyweds prepare to celebrate Aimes’ 30th birthday. However, events are cut short when bullets start flying, and his little secret is revealed. Confronting the news head-on, Kornfeldt is determined to discover what else he might be hiding – all the while trying to dodge bullets, keep up neighborly appearances, manage the in-laws, and work out some major trust issues. …And you thought suburban life was easy!



My Take:

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I am a fan of the action/comedy genre and believe that the balance required to make them work can be a delicate one especially if you thrown romance into the equation. Chemistry between the primary members of the cast is an essential component that if not present can result in a lackluster film experience. As I said in my recent review of Date Night, “This genre is filled with films that have been met with mixed reviews. For every gem there are probably half a dozen insipid, silly, and over the top bombs that pale by comparison.“. Unfortunately Killers is just such a film. If it weren’t for Ashton Kucther this film could easily serve as the poster child for insipid, silly, and over the top bombs. For the first 35 minutes or so I thought it showed promise as it set up the characters and plot.

Then it quickly descends into a series of ridiculous contrivances and nonsensical dialogue/situations that fail to deliver engaging action or genuine laughs. The attempt at romance only further exacerbates plausibility (as much as could be expected in a film like this) by revealing the poor chemistry between Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl who is definitely the weak link in this chain. The uneven script leaves us to languish in poorly conceived characters (Catherine O’Hara doesn’t have one meaningful line and I don’t think Martin Mull says anything) staggered pacing, wearisome action, uninspired humor and an incredulous twist that made absolutely no sense. If there is a bright spot it’s Ashton Kutcher. He made the most of what he had to work with and came across as charismatic and credible which was ingratiating. I found little else to hang my hat on and came away from this film wishing that it had been more than just a waste of my time.



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The rating is for violent action, sexual material and language.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 86



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Video: 90


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Killers comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 36 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5.2 Mbps.

This is a high quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Certain scenes appeared better resolved than others although I suspect this is related to the photography and not the encoding. Contrast was dynamic without being overpowering and blacks were respectable in depth with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.

I like that fact that Lionsgate supports 7.1 channel lossless audio on their Blu-ray Disc releases. The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack for Killers is a good one that makes excellent use of the entire system platform. This is a fairly active and at times dynamic surround mix that employ’s the subwoofer and four rear channels in order to better draw you into the action. This creates a believable and enveloping sound field that replicates the film’s various interior/exterior environments while perfectly mating with on the onscreen elements. Low frequency effects have substantial weight and presence that occasionally fill the room with deep, punctuated bass. The front and rear soundstages combine perfectly as sounds emanating from both during panning and dimensionally spaced sequences are seamless. Dialogue and sounds within the recording are highly detailed and clearly articulated throughout the course of the presentation.



Bonus Features:


  • (HD) Killer chemistry: Behind the scenes with the Killers‘ cast/crew - 11 minute featurette

  • (HD) 1 minute gag reel

  • (HD) 6 deleted scenes

  • (HD) 2 alternate scenes + alternate ending, 3 extended scenes

  • LG-Live enabled - local news/weather/clock gadgets, Twitter/Facebook integration, access to free ring tones

  • BD-Touch/Metamenu apps

  • D-Box motion code enabled
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Final Thoughts:

Killers is a forgettable action/comedy that starts out well enough but quickly descends into a series of ridiculous contrivances and nonsensical dialogue/situations that fail to deliver engaging action or genuine laughs. On a positive note its Blu-ray Disc presentation from Lionsgate features exquisite high definition video and involving 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio sound. The bonus features are just average and include a making of featurette, additional/deleted scenes and a few fan friendly apps for your Apple products. If you’re a fan this package comes recommended otherwise it’s worth a rental only if you’re interested in its technical merit.









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Since this movie features the lovely Katherine Heigl and a 7.1 soundtrack count me in!
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I had a feeling this movie wasn't that good. Seems like all the bad movies are getting the best transfer treatment though. lol
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I'll probably go the rental route.
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Me too. And the score's not bad either.
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I saw this one at the second-run theater. It was entertaining but as Ralph says, the twist at the end was out of the left field and existed simply for getting to an ending with no loose ends. Decent action sequences, but this one is definitely a rental. Kutcher has come a long way from Dude, Where's My Car?, but he needs to pick some better movies to work in if we wants any credibility.
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maybe I've been watching too many movies lately, but the 'twist' at the end, I saw coming from a mile away.

that being said, it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it had a couple of funny parts, even a decent bit of action to it. worth a rent, if you have nothing better to do.

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I'm going to rent it first.
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What does everyone think of the extras that were included on this disc?

I review Warner Bros. titles most often, so I don't often get the chance to see titles from other studios and examine the extras in depth, and I found the extras on Killers to be an odd mix. Some made me shake my head in bewilderment (widgets), while others had potential, but didn't quite do much in their execution (BD Touch and Metamenus apps).

My biggest gripe with Blu-ray releases still remains with this title: no trailers for the movie on the disc, none on BD-Live either.

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Katherine Heigl being the only redeeming feature, Ashton Kutcher being it's biggest drag .. I'm sorry, but I'm just not buying his James Bondish role here .. drifted off to sleep in the recliner last night within 30 minutes of this bore ..

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I'm a sucker for all DD7.1 stuff. Enjoyed it even though it wasn't the best 7.1 I have heard. The story was indeed juvenile but it didn't put me to sleep.
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its Blu-ray Disc presentation from Lionsgate features exquisite high definition video

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I enjoyed this film. As a fan of both Katherine and Ashton, I think it's def worth the purchase.

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Fantastic film we thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm glad I bought this one

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EDIT: Funny, I hadn't read your full review before posting the information below. Turns out you also broke this one into two films! Funny.
I liked this one better than you did Ralph, but I have to break it into two films, the first half, and the second half, with the former being much more enjoyable.

I was really liking this one in the beginning. Great humor, interesting story, BEAUTIFUL location and arial shots... then, the wheels came off.

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As soon as his annoying and dorky neighbors turned out to be lethal killers, this film lost all credibity and intrigue. Barely passable entertainment after that point.


The picture quality was excellent, and the sound was very nice as well. No problems.

I would rate the first half of the film a 3.5 and the second half a 2, so I average out to a 2.5 - 3.

PQ: 4.5 out of 5, SQ: 4 out of 5, Film 3 (bordering on 2.5)

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I'm not a fan of the cast, but whether due to lowered expectations from all the mediocre reviews, or the quality of the film itself, I enjoyed this a lot more than expected as well. It really made me wish Grosse Point Blank was available in Blu.

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I'm not a fan of the cast, but whether due to lowered expectations from all the mediocre reviews, or the quality of the film itself, I enjoyed this a lot more than expected as well. It really made me wish Grosse Point Blank was available in Blu.

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I'm odd man out (again).

My wife and I thought it was terrible. The action was second rate, no chemistry and anytime we see a baby or pregnancy tied into any movie, it knocks it down many pegs. Baby tie ins are Heigl's signature. This was a romantic comedy first and action last... The action, the villains (we never really knew what his past crimes or what warranted a $20mil hit) seemed just shoe-horned into the story.

The only positive was the drinking mother in law and Tom Selleck to a degree.

The picture was very good and the audio was good (especially surround effects) but certainly dumbed down as this was less on the action side and more on the laughs. Dialog was good but at some times a bit forward or drowned in the action.

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My wife and I thought it was terrible. The action was second rate, no chemistry and anytime we see a baby or pregnancy tied into any movie, it knocks it down many pegs. Baby tie ins are Heigl's signature. This was a romantic comedy first and action last... The action, the villains (we never really knew what his past crimes or what warranted a $20mil hit) seemed just shoe-horned into the story.

The only positive was the drinking mother in law and Tom Selleck to a degree.

The picture was very good and the audio was good (especially surround effects) but certainly dumbed down as this was less on the action side and more on the laughs. Dialog was good but at some times a bit forward or drowned in the action.

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Jeff, you're not the odd man out (did you read my review?)..


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Doh! I only read the posters comments on this page who were praising the movie. Assumed everyone liked it. Glad you saw the film exactly as I did... Crap.

But since you are the reviewer, you must stay away from vernacular like mine! But I know what you meant.

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Glad you enjoyed it Chad. I may give it another spin time permitting..

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It's probably not a keeper for me either; in fact I already sold the copy I bought. It was fun, but didn't have quite enough going for it to call for more frequent viewing than once every 5-10 years, not for me anyway.

Maybe a more interesting cast could have pulled it off better. Kutcher and Heigl don't do much for me as leads; I think they're better in supporting roles. Aside from that and the predictable plot, I didn't really have any other issues with the film, and there are plenty of great films made from similarly simple stories. If the film was just a little more quirky, like Grosse Pointe Blank, which is what I most relate it to, I think it could have been better recieved.

Even so, the plot probably doesn't seem as tired to viewers in their teens or even those who are in their twenties. Nearing the age of black balloons, I still enjoyed it quite a bit myself. My guest, who probably passed that mark over 20 years ago, enjoyed it even more, possibly by not reading any reviews first.

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