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Ralph Potts 06-12-2015 07:40 AM

Kingsman: The Secret Service (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review
 
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Check out our review of this entertaining and stylish action film from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that looks and sounds terrific on Blu-ray. A super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.




Details:

Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 129 minutes
Genre: Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Sofia Boutella
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Music by: Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson
Written by:Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 9, 2015


"Are you ready to become a true gentlemen?"


My Take:

Based on the comic book "The Secret Service", created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service follows the recruitment and training of a potential secret agent, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, into a secret spy organization known only as The Kingsman. While Eggsy tackles the trials of membership along with a group of other young potentials a wealthy eco-terrorist named Richmond Valentine has devised an evil scheme to deal with the world’s climate changes and overpopulation “problem” all at the same time. It will be up to the Kingsman and their latest addition to thwart Valentine’s plans before it’s too late.

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a fusion of satire, bloodletting action and cleverly integrated hokum that makes for a stylish, genre bending and mindlessly entertaining film. Director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to refreshingly offbeat takes that push the envelope just far enough to evoke our imaginative playfulness without over extension. The script isn’t all that deep but includes plenty of playful references, purposeful throwbacks and a passable cache of characters that work well within the intended thematic tone.

The action and choreography is lots of fun to watch and comes coupled with what some may find to be an over-abundance of gratuitous violence. I didn’t have any problem with it. The production elements and stunt work are simply excellent which by themselves make for an enriching diversion. At just over two hours the film runs just a hair too long trying to sustain the story but I really didn’t care as I was having a pretty good time. Kingsman: The Secret Service isn’t destined or classic status but it’s a solid popcorn flick that should scratch the itch of genre fans on movie night.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content.


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.**



Audio: 96
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)




Video: 96
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)





Kingsman: The Secret Service comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.1 Mbps.

This is a sparkling video presentation that delivers exquisite high level detail and rewarding color reproduction that looks gorgeous in high definition. The video has incredible depth and dimension that is rarely limited by the camera’s perspective. The level of resolution present produces imagery that in many cases has a near infinite visual acuity that draws out the finest details in close ups while enhancing the delineation and textural nuance within objects and backgrounds. Wide angle shots of the geographic locations reveal the varied and rough texture in the surfaces made of stone and wood while the beautifully framed shots of the landscapes look terrific.

Flesh tones exhibit vibrant texture with natural color and slightly warm complexions. Blacks exhibit exemplary dynamic range and appear deep and rich without compromise. Shadow detail is impressive and readily conveys strong dimensionality during the scenes shot in darkened areas and uneven light. Contrast and brightness work in tandem so that dark scenes exhibit good dynamic range and bright scenes are vivid without loss of detail. I saw no signs of video related anomalies or extraneous noise. This is an impressive high definition presentation that looked marvelous on my big screen.

The 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack presented here is an impressive one that utilizes the entire system to create a theater like experience. This is an engaging and dynamically energized surround mix that features high level sonic detail, superb directional correlation, and frequent use of rhythmically charged bass which bass lovers are sure to appreciate. Dialogue is definitive and appreciably lucid through the center channel. It’s located just slightly in front of the left/right speakers within the acoustic space it occupies within the soundstage. This is a complex sound design that is loaded with various sound effects, spatial cues, music, and dialogue. Each is clearly represented with enriching clarity, detail and appropriate sound field placement.

This is a superlative audio/video presentation that elevated the enjoyment of this action film. Those who like to drive their systems at reference levels will appreciate its transient low frequency peaks, extended dynamic range and high level clarity. I enjoyed the high definition video presentation which features crisp resolution, deep blacks and exquisite rendering that look terrific on my large screen. Kudos to 20th Century Fox on a job well done.


Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Panel to screen: The education of a 21st century super-spy – 10 minute featurette
  • (HD) Heroes and rogues – 23 minute featurette
  • (HD) Style all his own – 10 minute featurette
  • (HD) Tools of the trade – 15 minute featurette
  • (HD) Breathtakingly brutal – 17 minute featurette
  • (HD) Culture clash: The comic book origins of The Secret Service -15 minute featurette
  • (HD) Photo Galleries
  • (HD) Theatrical trailer
  • Digital HD copy





Final Thoughts:

Based on the comic book "The Secret Service", created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a fusion of satire, bloodletting action and cleverly integrated hokum that makes for a stylish, genre bending and mindlessly entertaining film. It comes to Blu-ray featuring reference quality high definition video and room filling DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio surround sound, mated with a fair supplemental package that is worth exploring if you enjoyed the film. Kingsman: The Secret Service makes for excellent popcorn entertainment especially when combined with a top notch home theater presentation on Blu-ray. Enjoy!





Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews



Reference Review System:

JVC DLA-RS4910 3D Ready 1080p High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman 5 & C6 Meter from Spectracal)
Stewart Filmscreen - Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16x9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV8802 13.2 Channel Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies - 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo BDP-103D Universal Disc/3D capable Blu-ray Player (With Darbee video processing)
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D capable Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
Canton "Ergo" and In-Ceiling series speakers
Axiom Audio QS8 Quadpolar speakers
SVS PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
SVS PC12-NSD
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
Cool Components - CP-CP102 cooling package

thrillcat 06-12-2015 07:44 AM

I just watched this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it except for one thing: Tham Jackthon's lithp wath there thometimes and sometimeth it wathn't.

ALtlOff 06-12-2015 07:58 AM

I know I asked you to review this Ralph, and please don't be upset with me...
But I couldn't wait and bought it on Tues. anyway :D
Now I'm just more psych'd to see and hear it over the weekend.
Thanks

kamouflage 06-12-2015 08:09 AM

Movie was a blast! Definitely wasn't what I was expecting when I went to see it in the theater. I'll be adding it to my collection for sure.

dropzone7 06-12-2015 08:10 AM

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I found this movie to be a really good time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did start off cheesy and just got cheesier as it went on, which somehow did not detract from my enjoyment. :)

cuzed2 06-12-2015 08:14 AM

Ralph,

Saw this at the theater and came away feeling properly entertained. I couldn't agree more with your final thoughts on the story (appreciate where you were coming from with the adjectives; "mindless", "hokum", 'popcorn entertainment", etc..). Going into this one with reasonable/slightly lower expectations and I think many will come away saying "not-bad-at all". I thought all of the actors did well with their roles.

Glad to hear the audio candy made it thru to the BR transfer

Nabs17 06-12-2015 08:49 AM

Was going to watch this on my bedroom system but based upon the audio portion of the review, this has to be in the main theater. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't release it until 7/7 so I'll be waiting for a bit but it sounds like it'll be worth it.


Thanks Ralph.

mo949 06-12-2015 08:53 AM

As potentially good as this now sounds after your review, I'm officially burnt out on comic book adaptations.

boguspomp 06-12-2015 09:53 AM

A really nice movie. Has that certain something that is so sorely missing in American versions of the same theme. Very charming and entertaining. thrillcat is right, that lisp was rather annoying and not always present.

thehun 06-12-2015 10:00 AM

Agreed, this was a real fun.

Ralph Potts 06-12-2015 10:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mo949 (Post 34968785)
As potentially good as this now sounds after your review, I'm officially burnt out on comic book adaptations.

Greetings,

I have to tell you mo' it didn't feel like a comic book adaptation. Consider giving it a try anyway.. ;)


Regards,

Ralph Potts 06-12-2015 10:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ALtlOff (Post 34966817)
I know I asked you to review this Ralph, and please don't be upset with me...
But I couldn't wait and bought it on Tues. anyway :D
Now I'm just more psych'd to see and hear it over the weekend.
Thanks

Greetings,

:D

No worries..:)


Regards,

thrillcat 06-12-2015 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ralph Potts (Post 34971609)
Greetings,

I have to tell you mo' it didn't feel like a comic book adaptation. Consider giving it a try anyway.. ;)


Regards,

I wouldn't have known it was a comic book adaptation had it not stated that in the credits.

Ralph Potts 06-12-2015 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thrillcat (Post 34966425)
I just watched this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it except for one thing: Tham Jackthon's lithp wath there thometimes and sometimeth it wathn't.

Greetings,

:D


Yeah, I noticed that also thrillcat.


Regards,

mo949 06-12-2015 11:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ralph Potts (Post 34971609)
Greetings,

I have to tell you mo' it didn't feel like a comic book adaptation. Consider giving it a try anyway.. ;)


Regards,

Ok will do :)

Orbitron 06-12-2015 11:35 AM

Thanks Ralph, wasn't planning on watching it based on the trailer but your review has encouraged me to check it out.

nebrunner 06-12-2015 12:25 PM

Enjoyed it but it seemed like some scenes had dialog intelligibility issues. The skydiving scene in particular and then some other scenes when the orchestral score picks up. The skydiving scene may have certainly been by design.

blastermaster 06-12-2015 02:17 PM

Wow, am I gonna be the first one to say I thought this movie was absolutely terrible? It started out with so much promise of a bond-ish style spy movie, then it took a nose dive and went all Michael Bay/Tarantino and catered to the lowest common denominator. One particular scene made the movie John Wick look like an episode of Sesame Street. Rubbish.

nx211 06-12-2015 03:47 PM

^^^
I have to agree with this negative comment about the film big-time.

I never heard about this movie until I saw the trailer for it on another recent Blu-ray purchase. The trailer looked so good that I went ahead and ordered it from BB, along with some other movies. I had to break up watching it into two nights, making it only about 1/2 way through the first night. At that point, I would describe the movie as being outstanding! But the second night, making my way through the rest of the movie, still felt the same about the movie up until the church scene. From that point forward, the movie takes a pretty serious nose dive into garbage land.

What I would like to know is how do you start out with a really good movie: storyline, script and actors and just fall off the edge of a cliff? I don't think I've ever seen another movie that starts out so good and ends up being so poor.


nx211

nebrunner 06-12-2015 03:56 PM

If you went in expecting a serious James Bond spy movie I could see you being seriously disappointed in this movie. I thought it walked a line between Austin Powers and James Bond.

blastermaster 06-12-2015 04:39 PM

Quote:

If you went in expecting a serious James Bond spy movie I could see you being seriously disappointed in this movie. I thought it walked a line between Austin Powers and James Bond.
Yes, I was expecting something more cerebral than what it turned out to be. The trailer made it look that way:


But whatever. Different strokes, I guess. I'm just getting tired of brainless movies.

nx211 06-12-2015 05:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blastermaster (Post 34981825)
Yes, I was expecting something more cerebral than what it turned out to be. The trailer made it look that way...

Exactly!

But the really strange part of it for me is, up until the church scene, the movie is, more or less, fairly serious. It's after that point, it's like some other people took over in making the film. The tone and character completely change, from that point on.

shivaji 06-12-2015 06:00 PM

I just saw this movie a few days ago and found it to have a style all its own and enjoyed it quite a bit, especially the church scene. That was probably the most wildly imaginative staged fight scene of all time. Such an unexpected surprise. I reran it several times just for the pure pleasure of it. Then later found the scene on youtube and watched it a few more times just for fun as I sent it to a few friends and family.

HDMe2 06-12-2015 07:40 PM

I just watched this on PPV... I knew about the comic but had not read it, and wasn't sure about buying it. I would definitely buy and watch again when I can budget for it. I could see someone being disappointed if you went in expecting more of a James Bond thing... but I thought the comic-nature was pretty evident early on. The fighting scenes were very comic-book like. I say that not as a bad thing, but the style was less-than-realistic as opposed to Action movie fight scenes... plus those slo-mo camera-angle changing during the fights, present in some of the stylized comic movies lately.

vnitto 06-13-2015 12:10 AM

The "reward" for saving the world was a little crass.

ALtlOff 06-13-2015 12:39 AM

When I first saw the trailer I thought it would be a Bondesque film also, but only until I saw the Samuel L Jackson character, then I knew it was probably something completely different.
I'm in for both Bond & Powers so won't matter to me either way.
Popcorn & Beer, later tonight!

fatuglyguy 06-13-2015 04:09 AM

Saw this in the theater and loved it. Didn't go in expecting much, or knowing what to expect, really...but I thought it was great in terms of the tone of the movie and the entire Kingsman universe. It was just a blast to watch, plain and simple.

Don't really understand all the talk about the "tone shift" here, the fight scenes from the get-go are very frenetic and goofy, as is the movie itself. I never found it to be really serious and don't think it was trying to emulate Bond films at all. In fact, I found the whole movie to be very tongue-in-cheek. In regards to the violence and the "church scene," all one needs to know is that Matthew Vaughn directed this -- same fellowho directed Kick Ass. The overall feel for the these two movies is IMO very similar and the level of violence/gore in Kingsman is definitely commensurate with Vaughn's previous stuff.

On another note, I'll admit that after watching this I've definitely called more than a few people "bruv."

wormraper 06-13-2015 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nx211 (Post 34980809)
^^^
I have to agree with this negative comment about the film big-time.

I never heard about this movie until I saw the trailer for it on another recent Blu-ray purchase. The trailer looked so good that I went ahead and ordered it from BB, along with some other movies. I had to break up watching it into two nights, making it only about 1/2 way through the first night. At that point, I would describe the movie as being outstanding! But the second night, making my way through the rest of the movie, still felt the same about the movie up until the church scene. From that point forward, the movie takes a pretty serious nose dive into garbage land.

What I would like to know is how do you start out with a really good movie: storyline, script and actors and just fall off the edge of a cliff? I don't think I've ever seen another movie that starts out so good and ends up being so poor.


nx211

Quote:

Originally Posted by blastermaster (Post 34978889)
Wow, am I gonna be the first one to say I thought this movie was absolutely terrible? It started out with so much promise of a bond-ish style spy movie, then it took a nose dive and went all Michael Bay/Tarantino and catered to the lowest common denominator. One particular scene made the movie John Wick look like an episode of Sesame Street. Rubbish.



I'm surprised that people thought this would be a serious spy movie. This is the same guy who did "Kick-Ass" and wanted to do the same thing to the spy genre so he made "Kingsman"

Big Brad 06-13-2015 09:39 AM

Excellent review, Mr. Potts! Excited to check this one out. I'm a big fan of Layer Cake and Kick-Ass, both of which Matthew Vaughn directed. He has a particular knack for pairing action/fight scenes with music you wouldn't normally think of (such as Duran Duran's Ordinary World during a diner fight scene in Layer Cake). And the cinematography is always top notch.

I kind of want to wait for Redbox to get this as I'm cheap, but I have $15 in BB reward certs burning a hole in my pocket, so I just might cave.

Briguy65 06-13-2015 03:47 PM

I love movies based on comic books, having read and collected a lot of them in the past. However, I had no idea that this movie had anything to do with a comic or graphic novel. I just thought it would be an interesting British style spy movie. Thinking back to the very very first scene, with the tape player, one could have very easily have noticed right off the bat that this wasn't a fully serious movie, the tape player being the same sort of foil used by Marvel in the Guardians of the Galaxy with the Walkman.

Anyway, I enjoyed the movie and loved the audio as well. Definitely have to hear it in at least DTS core if not MA 7.1. I must admit I would have preferred if the protagonist had gotten together romantically with the lead female character, but that's just because I was more attracted to her by far than the person he was interested in.


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