Suicide Squad 3D (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Released 7-Dec-2016

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Adventure None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 122:53
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By David Ayer
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Will Smith
Margot Robbie
Viola Davis
Joel Kinnaman
Jai Courtney
Jay Hernandez
Jared Leto
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Cara Delvingne
Karen Fukuhara
Adam Beach
Scott Eastwood
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $29.95 Music Steven Price


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Auto Pan & Scan Encoded English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (448Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 (448Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format ?
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish
Dutch
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Icelandic
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Available now from Roadshow is Suicide Squad, given a stunning 3D presentation. You may have heard some negative rumblings from the "crickets", but forget those naysayers. This is thoroughly entertaining, at times exhilarating, escapist nonsense. It is well written, masterfully directed and filmed flawlessly. Roadshow have released the 3D version combined with the twelve minutes longer 2D Extended Cut on a second disc, plus the option of the Ultra Violet download. Offered for review was the single disc 3D theatrical version.

This third instalment in the DC Extended Universe follows Man of Steel (2013), the reboot of the Superman film series, and Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice (2016). Expectations should be high for Suicide Squad, as it is written and directed by David Ayer, who has a string of memorable films to his credit, including 2012's brilliant and devastating End of Watch. In Suicide Squad Ayer's script presents us with a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller. Playing Waller is Viola Davis (Doubt and The Help), and this excellent actress grounds much of the film with her riveting narration. Offering the promise of reduced sentences, Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in order to save the world from a powerful threat. Playing members of this lethal team are Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delvingne, Karen Fukuhara and Adam Beach. The action sequences are the meat of a film like this, but David Ayer wisely has given his excellent cast scenes that provide character development, and his cast make the most of these terse dialogue scenes. With such a large cast of characters, not all are provided with substantial back stories. Ayer has concentrated on the characters of Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and as a result these two tend to dominate the film. Will Smith in particular seizes his opportunities with obvious relish. Those behind the cameras were apparently very taken with the gorgeously blonde Margot Robbie. This extremely photogenic buxom beauty is given perhaps too much screen time, tending to weaken her undeniable impact. A little less would have been more. Jared Leto, against all odds, manages to make The Joker his own creation, and he and Robbie work very well together. Scott Eastwood registers well in a supporting role.

Technically the film is, as we have come to expect, flawless. Sets, costumes and special effects are state of the art.

I found Suicide Squad to be an enjoyable two hours that raced by. I enjoyed this film considerably more than most in the comic book genre.

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Transfer Quality

Video

As I stated at the head of the review, available for review was the single disc 3D version of the movie. Other reviewers have bemoaned the lack of 3D gimmicks in the movie, yet I found the film to be a three dimensional pleasure, with many camera set-ups designed to take advantage of depth. The film has been converted to 3D, but I was never aware that I was not watching "real 3D". True, the film is not full of in your face 3D moments, but I have always found the added depth far more interesting than having a ping-pong ball bounced off your face. The cinematographer is Roman Vasyanov (Fury and End of Watch) and the often monochromatic images offer popping primary highlights, such as Robbie's lipstick. The often dark scenes are beautifully rendered, with detail galore and I could find no fault with this presentation, sharp and detailed and making full use of the widescreen format - plus the added sensibility of 3D.

The English for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired subtitles were sampled and were excellent, presented in white and centred at the foot of the image. Other subtitles are French, Italian for the Hard of Hearing, Spanish Castellano, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish.

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Audio

There are five audio tracks : English Dolby True HD 7.1 encoded at 48K, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, and Italian and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1.

The English Dolby True HD 7.1 track offers a thrilling audio experience. As you would expect, there are audio fireworks and they are delivered with oomph and excitement. Gunfire, vehicular mayhem, and explosions of all varieties are placed around the entire sound field, providing a truly immersive auditory experience with the subwoofer adding to the total dynamics at every opportunity. Dialogue is clear and never drowned by the audio fireworks, though the music at times does tend to overwhelm some scenes, such as with the use of You Don't Own Me to introduce Robbie's character. In addition to the numerous catalogue tracks, the original score by Steven Price (Fury) is exciting both in its composition and performance. This is a soundtrack to test any sound system to its limits.

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Extras

There were no extras on the single disc 3D release reviewed.

Menu

The menu screen features the poster art work, with a 3D strip at the foot of the screen.

Censorship

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R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The local Zone B 3D disc appears to be identical to the US release.

Summary

Suicide Squad was a hit at the box office, despite the poor reviews. I am obviously not on the same wave length as most reviewers, as I found this film considerably superior to most of the super-hero offerings. Dark, but with loads of humour, beautifully filmed, with excellent direction and performances, this film entertains from beginning to end. The local Roadshow release is another beautiful 3D offering with exceptional picture and sound.

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© Garry Armstrong (BioGarry)
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Review Equipment
DVDOPPO BDP-103AU, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 60UF850T 4K. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS777
SpeakersVAF DC-X fronts; VAF DC-6 center; VAF DC-2 rears; LFE-07subwoofer (80W X 2)

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