Suicide Squad UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villians, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

UltraHD Specs
Studio: Warner Brothers
Title: Suicide Squad
Audio: Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 Core)
Negative Formats: 35mm
Digital Intermediate: 2K
Peak Brightness: 4000 nits
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 123 Minutes
Director: David Ayer
Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie
Review Date: December 9, 2016
Price: $24.99

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Movie Review: To be perfectly blunt, Suicide Squad is the worse movie I’ve watched in a long, long time. Everything that Marvel has figured out how to do right in their superhero movies, DC gets wrong. An hour into the film I realized I had no idea what was actually going on. The plot is confusing and often makes no sense, characters are introduced rapid fire with very little known about them, and when they start battling the enemies, you have literally no idea where they came from or why they are fighting.

Perhaps the extended edition on the regular Blu-ray would clear up some of this, but I’m not about to sit through this twice, much less without UltraHD.

Technical Review: Suicide Squad might not make any sense but it looks good while doing it. Almost the entire film takes place at night, and shadow detail is strong here. There isn’t nearly as much use of HDR as there could be since you have no sunlight, but explosions, bullets, and a magical device manage to use it and wide color gamut effectively. Most of the film was shot on 35mm but with only a 2K digital intermediate it is sharp but not as detailed as it could be.

The Atmos soundtrack is good and takes advantage of the almost constant battle scenes the final half of the film. When a helicopter crashes it effectively puts that all around you in the mix. Bass is very present from the get-go and never lets up during the film. As good as the soundtrack is, I really can’t recommend you watch the movie to hear it.

Special Features: The Blu-ray version features an Extended Cut, and there are a few featurettes and a gag reel.

Review System: Vizio P65-C1 display, Samsung UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.

Review Summary
Title: Suicide Squad UltraHD Blu-ray
Pros: Good shadow detail, some good use of HDR and WCG, nice Atmos soundtrack
Cons: The movie itself is bad, only a 2K digital intermediate
Summary: Suicide Squad looks good and sounds good, but the film itself just falls so far short of what is being done with the Marvel comics right now.
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Movie: 2/5

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