Crank Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops. Check out Ralph Potts’ Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Crank from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

90

Details:

Studio and Year: Lionsgate – 2006
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 87 minutes
Genre: Action/Thriller/Comedy

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, English Dolby Digital EX 5.1 (Blu-ray)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam
Written & Directed by: Neveldine/Taylor
Music by: Paul Haslinger
Region Code: A

Release Date: May 21, 2019

“You Stop, You Die…”

Synopsis:

“Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.” – Lionsgate Home Entertainment

My Take:

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham), a hit man wanting to go straight, lets his latest target slip away, then he awakes the next morning to a phone call that informs him he has been poisoned and has only an hour to live unless he keeps adrenaline coursing through his body while he searches for an antidote.

Crank is written/directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and is a genre bending, head turning, comedy, action, thriller that is most definitely intended to be taken with a grain of salt. I have owned since its home video debut and find that it’s a film that grows on you rather than one that easily digested in one viewing. I mean don’t get me wrong, Crank is far from high-brow filmmaking but, it’s not intended to be.

It’s disjointed flow, poor character design, gratuitous elements and overtly far fetched plot combined with its satirical edge, somehow manage to work, albeit on a noticeably base level. Be that as it may, I found myself chuckling aloud and enjoying watching Jason Statham’s frenetic Chev Chelios spend 87 minutes spinning out of control. Crank is the type of steam letting, mindless entertainment that can be fun when you’re in the mood for something well off the beaten path.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use.

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.**

UHD Presentation(HDR-10): 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

 

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UHD Presentation (Dolby Vision): 88
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 92
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Crank comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

It’s important to note that the ultimate goal for any release on home video is to present a film in the highest possible quality based upon its original elements. A film like Crank has a stylized visual design that won’t result in the type of high gloss definition of some of todays films that come to Ultra HD Blu-ray.

I have previously seen Crank in high definition. Looking at the film’s opening moments, the improvement in depth and delineation was immediately noticeable but, not strikingly so. It’s not an overtly bright film, although there are bright elements. The cinematography benefits from the enhanced resolution and warmer chromatic accents. In many respects, the image is emboldened with a discernible boost to definition. Color reproduction benefited from the wider color gamut, especially blues, and reds which pop nicely. The wide-angle shots of daytime Los Angeles look terrific, reveling lots of textures and wonderfully rendered color.

High dynamic range added a tangible visual element that enriched both natural and artificial light. Bright sequences appeared vibrant, while dark highlights in most respects, were rendered with appreciable dimension, especially when coupled with brighter visual elements. Crank has always suffered from mild black crush here and there and that continues here. Crank has always looked a bit uneven on home video and that continues in this faithful Ultra HD presentation which renders it in its finest light.

Dolby Vision vs HDR-10:

I utilize the TCL 55P607 UHD Dolby Vision HDR flat panel in my review system to enable me to compare the visual quality of titles that contained the Dolby Vision metadata versus its HDR-10 counterpart on the same disc. All titles are first watched via my JVC front projector. I then select specific scenes which are watched on the TCL, first via HDR-10 then via Dolby Vision. The TCL isn’t among the top tier flat panels with DV, however it came recommended by AVS Forum Senior Editor Mark Henninger, and calibrates/performs extremely well for a set at its price point.

* The cumulative A/V score will still be based upon the HDR-10 rating, with the DV rating serving as informational only for now.*

Comparing the DV and HDR-10 presentations for Crank, I found the HDR rendering to essentially be identical. This film’s elements aren’t consistently lent to overtly bright color and vibrant highlights. When I switched back and forth between the DV and HDR-10 renderings, any minute differences were negligible and not enough to warrant a rating difference.

Dolby Atmos:

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be a fairly entertaining listening experience that made steady use of the platform. Its use of audio objects placed above is a mix of atmospherics, discrete effects and music. This is done quite well, and where applied, creates a tangible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely. The Atmos mix enlivens the surround track, adding enriching depth of field. In addition to things like overhead pans where sounds move through the soundstage, there are several sequences that bring everything together. I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this Dolby Atmos presentation was, adding a complimentary element that elevated the experience of watching the film.

For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: Crank Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Crank Blu-ray
  • Shooting Crank – Featurette
  • The Stunts of Crank – Featurette
  • Pushing Crank – Featurette
  • NEW Crank @ Comic-Con – Featurette
  • NEW More Stories from Crank – Featurette
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Written and Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Crank is a genre bending, head turning, comedy, action, thriller that is the type of steam letting, mindless entertainment that can be fun when you’re in the mood for something well off the beaten path. It comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertaining in this Combo Pack featuring solid Ultra HD video, including Dolby Vision HDR, a complimentary Dolby Atmos immersive mix, legacy and new bonus material. If you’re a fan that is equipped for Ultra HD/Dolby Atmos sound, Crank has never looked or sounded better on home video so, feel free to add this one to your collection.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Reference Review System:

JVC DLA-RS500 3D/4K Ready High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman 5 & C6-HDR Meter from Spectracal)
Stewart Filmscreen – Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16×9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7704 Audio/Video Processor
Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 3 Seven Channel Amplifier
Emotiva XPA-11 Gen 3 Amplifier
Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
Canton “Ergo” and Canton In-Ceiling Series Speakers
SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
Dual SVS PC4000 Cylinder Subwoofers
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) – Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems 

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