A top, triple A rated, bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds – Life, Deadpool), is struggling after an incident that cost a client their life. Now he unwillingly gets a new client, a hit man, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson – Kong: Skull Island, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), who must testify at the International Court of Justice against powerful dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman – The Space Between Us, Child 44). The two have a history, and now must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
Action, and hilarity, ensue as Bryce and Kincaid make their way to the trail. A fun film, with several humorous and action packed scenes.
Rewatch value on The Hitman’s Bodyguard is high, owing to the fast past of the jokes and fights, and the overall enjoyment of the film itself.
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The Hitman’s Bodyguard is technically a good disc, overall, although sparse on any bonus material. The main feature is also a fun, action packed story.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.
Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on-screen. There is no visible colour bleed, and colours are vibrant when needed. Detail is maintained in the darker scenes.
Viewers with the necessary hardware or software can scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.
Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, and presented in a Dolby Digital surround format. Dialogue clear via the centre speaker. A good deal of use is made of the surround channels, expanding the on-screen world, and further drawing the viewer into the action.
Navigation is simple, with an easy to follow main menu with text links to play the main feature, scene selection, bonus features, and setup. The main menu is has a motion background, with a few small clips from the main feature, and accompanying music.
The scene selection sub-menus comprise of ten small, desaturated, still thumbnails, for a total of twenty chapters. While these are numbered, they are not labelled, and with their small size, navigating to a particular part of the main feature would require a great amount of guesswork. Viewers would be better off bookmarking their favourite scenes using their own player hardware or software.
The bonus features sub-menu contains text links to select between playing the deleted, extended, or alternate scenes.
The setup menu has text links for selecting between either the Dolby Surround or Dolby Stereo soundtracks.
The only additional features on the disc are deleted, extended, and alternate versions of some scenes. This should be of interest to some viewers, and worth at least one view.