The Gentlemen Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

The Gentlemen is written and directed by Guy Ritchie who makes a grand return to his signature, kinetic style in this star-studded action comedy that is set in the underworld cannabis industry in London. Ralph Potts reviews the Ultra HD Blu-ray release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
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92

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2019
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 114 minutes
Genre: Thriller

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charline Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant
Written & Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Music by:Christopher Benstead
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: April 21, 2020

“Criminal. Class.”

Synopsis:

“The Gentlemen is written and directed by Guy Ritchie who makes a grand return to his signature, kinetic style in this star-studded action comedy that is set in the underworld cannabis industry in London.” – Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

My Take:

Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes — including bribery and blackmail — from shady characters who want to steal his domain.

I am predominantly a fan of Guy Ritchie’s films and own a number of them. The trailer for The Gentlemen interested me but, I never got around to seeing it in the theater. The cast, as is the case with many of Ritchie’s films, is filled with notable character actors and one or two leading types. Staunch Guy Ritchie fans may or may not wholly connect with the film in terms of seeing it as a return to form but, there is no denying that the formula is present.

As writer and director Guy Ritchie does a great job with the establishment of the characters and, the straight forward telling of the story. His direction keeps things on point nicely and the blend of action, light drama and, humor is well balanced. The typical archetypes we often see are clearly represented with the focal points being Mickey, Matthew, a prospective buyer of Mickey’s thriving business, Dry Eyes, a young upstart that is thirsty to prove himself by forcefully interjecting himself into the deal and Fletcher, an opportunist, seeking to capitalize on what he knows about the recent dealings and, who is willing to pay him the most for that knowledge. Additionally, there are several others who play an integral role in spinning the story.

Things play out splendidly as the who, what and why ebbs, flows and shifts via a busy narrative that demands strict attention as narrated by Hugh Grant’s “Fletcher” who never misses a beat as the gallantry of the story’s “gentlemen” seems to be anything of the sort, in a purposefully granular way. The Gentlemen starts off a bit slow but, segues into its rhythm before you know it. I found myself chuckling aloud and enjoying the elements of gangster-comedy and dialog that stoke Ritchie’s thematic furnace. Kudos to the cast who all add an enriching element to the proceedings.

The Gentlemen is more or less exactly what I was expecting and delivered an entertaining evening that both my wife and I enjoyed.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence, language throughout. Sexual references and drug 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.**

UHD Presentation: 94
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 90
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The Gentlemen comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

The Gentlemen was shot digitally and finished on a 4K DI for its presentation on Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Gentlemen a gangster style comedy that has a specific visual aesthetic which comes through quite naturally in this Ultra HD rendering. Its elements adhere to sepia tones and color grading, which ultimately leaves some sequences appearing less visually engaging than others. Color reproduction is consistent, with primaries like blue and red appearing richer, and more delineated. Secondary hues look great, although not appreciably better. The increase in resolution isn’t always on display, but the wide-angle daytime shots of the sun-splashed landscapes look terrific. Close-ups tend to offer appreciable refinement and deeper resolvable texture on surfaces and physical features compared to the Blu-ray. The differences, while not staggering, are easily discernible.

The same is true when comparing the video’s dynamic range. The scene involving the grow house fire and exterior sequences offer hints of added punch which gives the image appreciable visual pop. Like the Blu-ray rendering the darkened highlights in low-lit environs have appreciable dimension and resolvable detail. Fleshtones are reproduced beautifully, with a natural and pleasing tonality. Viewing The Gentlemen in Ultra HD made for a noteworthy improvement over the 1080p Blu-ray presentation.

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. I noticed that the front overhead channels were used for adding depth to the soundstage while the rear overhead channels contained more discrete sound objects/effects. 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:

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Blu-ray Video:

Video: 94
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Audio: 94
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The Gentlemen comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

This is a solid looking new release title from Universal. Images onscreen exhibit plenty of fine rendering and crisp definition that on occasion rises to higher levels especially during close ups which can be very revealing. Long range shots appear resolute with good dimensional depth and notable object detail. Bright exterior segments are punchy with crisp dynamic whites and appreciable texture. Colors are vivid, with oversaturated primaries that appear pleasing in high definition. Fleshtones are tonally divergent and appear predominantly lifelike in depiction.

Blacks aren’t inky in depth but, are gradationally revealing which combines with excellent detail in low light and shadowy backgrounds to provide a strong sense of dimension. Several sequences take place in darkened interiors. It is important to note that proper adjustment of your display’s brightness setting is crucial to the ability to discern shadow detail. I didn’t detect any deleterious artifacts or other video related anomalies.

A film like this relies heavily on its soundtrack to elicit the intended effect upon the audience, and this 7.1 presentation does just that. This is a fairly aggressive surround sound mix that features an array of well-placed sound effects that engage the listening position. The room is illuminated with an array of sounds that are both directional and ambient in nature. I appreciated the attention to detail that went into creating the surround mix as it effectively replicates the environments featured in the film. Bass reproduction is clean and accentuates the audio’s excellent dynamic range with palpable impact. Dialog intelligibility is never a problem even during the film’s active moments. This is a great surround sound experience that made for a nice surprise.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: The Gentlemen Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: The Gentlemen Blu-ray
    • Behind-the-Scenes of THE GENTLEMEN – Get up close with the talented cast of THE GENTLEMEN as they give an inside look at the making of the film and share their experiences working with legendary director Guy Ritchie.
    • Best Gentlemanly Quips – A selection of some of the funniest lines from THE GENTLEMEN that spotlights the witty writing behind the film.
    • Glossary of Cannabis – Viewers are given a fun educational montage highlighting the numerous nicknames of Marijuana shown throughout the film.
    • Photo Gallery
  • Digital Code

Final Thoughts:

Written and directed by Guy Ritchie The Gentlemen is an entertaining bit of escapism that harkens back to familiar territory. It comes to Blur-ay in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent overall technical merits that compliments its thematic tone. The Gentlemen is easily worth the cost of a rental and perhaps qualifies as a blind buy for those that enjoy its cinematic flavor.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Reference Review System:

JVC DLA-RS2000 4K Ultra High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman color calibration software and Portrait Displays C6 HDR2000 colorimeter from Portrait.com)
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
Oppo BDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/Roomie Remote V6 Universal Remote Control
SVS Ultra Tower Speakers (Gloss Finish)
SVS Ultra Center Channel (Gloss Finish)
SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
Dual SVS PC4000 Cylinder Subwoofers
Niles Audio In-Ceiling/In-Wall Series Speakers
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) – Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems