Proud Mary Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this shoot-em up that stars Taraji P. Henson as a professional assassin that suddenly finds herself on the wrong end of her alliances.

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



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



Studio and Year: Sony Pictures – 2018
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 89 minutes
Genre: Thriller/Action

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Jahi DiAllo Winston, Neal McDonough
Directed by: Babak Najafi
Music by: Fil Eisler
Written by: John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal, Steven Antin
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: April 10, 2018

“Killing for the Man Every Night and Day”

My Take:

Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses during a professional hit.

The synopsis above tells you all you need to know about Proud Mary. Seemingly a vehicle to show another side of talented actress Taraji P. Henson, it’s a weakly formulaic action thriller with a less than bare bones plot, and completely derivative characters. Filled with a series of cliched situations, aimed solely at setting up the blandly repetitive action, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes as they unfolded. I like Taraji P. Henson but, Proud Mary is a misfire for her talents. The cast is made up of middling character actors, with the possible exception of Danny Glover, although his career of late has consisted of roles in films that have more B-Movie appeal.

Needless to say, when the credits rolled on Proud Mary I was pretty much checked out, knowing full well that I wasn’t going to get back the 89 minutes I had just wasted. Oh well…

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for violence and brief language.

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: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 92
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Proud Mary comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

This film looks excellent on Blu-ray and features glossy high definition video quality that exhibit high level detail, refining sharpness and pleasing definition that brings out the lifelike textures captured by the camera’s lens. Dimensional perspective has a near infinite appeal as close ups are noticeably revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid-level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. Colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the remaining spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are rendered with vivid tonality and discerning complexional depiction. Blacks are gradational and deep which makes them pop during sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure in backgrounds. All in all, this is a great looking presentation.

The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however reproduces the source elements well. Dialog has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and depth to broader ones, with the exception of the reproduction of some of the small arms fire, which in some instances lacked punch. There are sequences that engage the entire system to briefly produce entertaining and room filling sound. This comes in the form of low frequency effects, atmospheric ambience/directional sounds and musical enhancement. In most respects this soundtrack delivers a satisfying listening experience that didn’t leave me disappointed.

Bonus Features:

  • Mary’s World Featurette
  • The Beginning of THE End Featurette
  • If Looks Could Kill Featurette
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Proud Mary is a derivative, lackluster, action thriller that fails to capitalize on the talents of its star, making for a stale film that wouldn’t appeal to even the most forgiving genre fan. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, gratifying lossless sound and a lackluster supplemental set. Proud Mary is fodder for late night cable TV viewing when one can’t sleep.


Ralph Potts
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