Atomic Blonde (DVD) : Review


Undercover MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron – Fate of the FuriousA Million Ways to Die in the West) is sent to Berlin during the closing days of the Cold War to investigate the murder of fellow agent James Gasciogne (Sam Hargrave), and recover a missing list of double agents.

Now available to own for your home cinema, Atomic Blonde on disc. The rewatch value on the film is pretty high, with all the eighties nostalgia, spy intrigue, thumping soundtrack, and adrenaline fuelled fights.

Read the full SAMDB review of Atomic Blonde.


Overall, the Atomic Blonde DVD is of a decent technical quality, with a fun and enjoyable main feature film. The disc is however devoid of any bonus material.

Atomic Blonde is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video for the main feature is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on-screen. Colours are vibrant where necessary, and detail is good in the several darker scenes.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software can scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Video for the trailers that autoplay at the beginning of the disc are understandably compressed at a much lower bitrate, thus saving space on the disc for the main feature.


Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, and presented in Dolby Digital (with a Dolby Stereo option available). Dialogue is clear via the centre speaker, with a fair amount of use of the surround channels to expand the on-screen world, and further draw the viewer into the story.


Navigation is basic, and easy to follow. The main menu has motion video showing some small clips from the main feature, with accompanying music, much in-line with the overall feel of the film.

There are text menu items to play the main feature, scenes, and setup.

The scene selection sub-menu has 10 small, desaturated, still thumbnails. There is only this one sub-menu, meaning there are a total of ten chapters for the main feature. While the thumbnails are numbered, they are not labelled, meaning that with the small size, there is a lot of guesswork needed to navigate to a particular point in the main feature, and this sub-menu is pretty pointless, as viewers would be better off using the bookmarking features on their set-top player or software.

The setup sub-menu has text menu options for selecting Dolby Surround or Dolby Stereo.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than trailers for Molly’s Game, Tulip Fever, and The Big Sick, which autoplay at the beginning of the disc.

While these can be skipped and fast-forward individually, they can not be accessed again via the disc menu.


By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb:

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