The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 110 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, Paula Patton, James Marsden, Fred Ward
Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur
Music by: Clinton Shorter
Written by: Blake Masters
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 19, 2013
When an attempt to take down a drug cartel blows up in their faces, two undercover operatives are forced to go on the run together, though neither knows that the other is a federal agent. Suddenly, everyone on both sides of the law wants them dead, and their only hope is to trust each other.
If you saw the trailer for 2 guns you essentially get the gist of what it’s about. Based on BOOM! Studios graphic novels by Steven Grant, it’s a formulaic buddy action/shoot ‘em up with a lightly comedic undertone and a straight forward plot containing one or two twists that only the greenest of genre fans won’t see coming. The film’s best moments feature the interplay between stars Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington although supporting players Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos make the most out of their screen time. Honorable mention goes out to sexy Paula Patton who has been a personal favorite since I first saw her in Déjà vu (with Denzel). I have seen her in Swing vote, Mirrors, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol and now this. She is a competent actress that exudes just the right amount of sex appeal and onscreen allure. Here she only has a few scenes but two of them might just make the film worth owning (if you find her attractive). Sorry, got off on a tangent there.
Formulaic or not 2 guns is a fun bit of escapism that features decent action set pieces, conventionally apropos characters, edgy violence and a serviceable script. It plays a little longer at 110 minutes than it should but boredom isn’t an issue. It would be fair to say that I liked it and consider it to be disposable but worthwhile popcorn entertainment.
The rating is for violence throughout, language and brief nudity.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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2 Guns comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 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. Resolution is discerning during close up camera shots of the cast revealing detail in the visible lines in their faces and the weave and texture of their clothing. Wide angle pans of the sun splashed landscapes and stone structures/buildings have excellent depth, with refining image quality. There are instances where sharpness wavers but they are brief and appear innate to the photography. Contrast is dynamically applied and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. Film grain is present and gives the majority of the presentation a noticeably filmic texture that is never intrusive. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was solid.
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack for 2 Guns is a good one that makes excellent use of the entire system platform. Dialogue has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is excellent which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. This is a fairly active surround mix that employ’s the subwoofer and 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.
- Exclusive:(HD) The good, the bad and the sexy – 8 minute cast featurette
- Exclusive:(HD) Finding the vibe – 7 minute production featurette
- Exclusive:(HD) Living dangerously – 9 minute action/FX featurette
- (HD) 8 Deleted/extended scenes
- (HD) Undercover and into action – 6 minute featurette
- Bonus DVD
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
Based on BOOM! Studios graphic novels by Steven Grant, it’s a formulaic buddy action/shoot ‘em up with a lightly comedic undertone and a straight forward plot that benefits from the charisma of its two stars in Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings it to Blu-ray in a fan friendly offering that features an excellent audio/video presentation combined with a fair bonus supplement package that includes format exclusive content. It would be fair to say that I enjoyed it and consider it to be disposable but worthwhile popcorn entertainment. Give it a rent.
Here is the trailer:
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