Blu-ray Review: KICK-ASS

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
August 3rd, 2010

Kick-Ass Blu-ray

Blu-ray: 3/5

Writers:Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. (comic book), Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast:Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

KICK-ASS is a distinct film (yeah, I think having an 11 year old use the C-word falls under "distinct", it's fresh with freedom from not having the typical restraints you get with comic book superhero movies. And it would be very cool if the KICK-ASS Blu-ray had some fun, twisted surprises like the film itself; maybe containing goodies like coupons for switchblade lessons, or flashlights whose light comes out "shaped like a giant ____." Maybe I'm dreaming a little too big with those, but a desire for some creative features to go along with a unique film is what I'm subtly hinting at here. Unfortunately, the actual special features are not close to as out there or as awesome as those items previously mentioned, but they are decent overall, and the film does look nice under hi-def lights.

The Blu-ray has a commentary track with director Matthew Vaughn, but it is low on energy and apparent enthusiasm. The mood of the track is explained early, when it becomes clear that Matthew is tired from the film's premiere party the night before. Thankfully though, the commentary track is salvaged (since it does have interesting information) and put into better use as part of the Ass-Kicking BonusView mode. In this special mode, Vaughn's audio commentary now becomes visual and is cut into a bigger production that contains behind-the-scenes footage and interviews that makes the tone much more lively then when you just have the audio track.

The feature is very similar to the Maximum Movie Mode used by Warner Bros.; both contain the film playing at the same time as bonus material related to particular scenes, it's a great way to present behind-the-scenes material. The Ass-Kicking BonusView mode is cool to watch, but is not as sharply put-together or quite as diverse with information as the MMMs I have seen.

KICK-ASS is based off a comic book, and its source material has the spotlight in It's On! The Comic Book Origin of KICK-ASS. A pretty simple but key feature, giving the film's roots much deserved attention with the people behind the comic book talking about the inspirations and creation behind it. If you are interested in the artsy side of movies. you will likely dig The Art of Kick-Ass Gallery, which includes images from various categories including storyboards and productions design. The very slight feature Marketing Archive has two trailers for KICK-ASS and promotional materials (including many posters) from the film's marketing campaign.

The Blu-ray also has a four-part making of with A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass. However, the production is unfocused, long, and you don't get enough new knowledge. This feature is a rambler, like what I'm going to be if I keep going on about it, and now we have my transition to the next paragraph. Smooth.

The KICK-ASS Blu-ray is passable, with several pretty good features and a few lesser ones.

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