Guy Ritchie returns to form with The Gentlemen - another comedically inclined crime/thriller featuring a terrific all-star cast lead by Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant - among many others! It's a slick show allowing Ritchie to manage a big cast of colorful characters you enjoy watching do bad things. Universal Studios rolls out a Blu-ray release with a great image transfer, a solid Dolby Atmos mix, and a sadly anemic set of bonus features. If you're a fan of Ritchie's splashy capper flicks - you'll have a good time with The Gentlemen - Recommended.
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Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Universal brings The Gentlemen to Blu-ray in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital set. The discs are housed in a standard two-disc case with identical cardboard slipcover artwork. The disc loads to trailers for other Universal releases before arriving at an animated main menu with traditional navigation options. The included digital slip is redeemable only with Apple TV and does not port through Movies Anywhere.
The Gentlemen packs a visual punch on 1080p Blu-ray sporting robust details, bright colors, and some nice black level dimensionality. Since most of this movie is told as a story from Fletcher to Ray in Ray's dimly lit home or near a grill, there's a lot of low light sequences. I was really impressed at how well this transfer maintained details even in low lighting giving rise to some nice shadows. When things brighten up and we get to experience this little criminal underworld with a full appreciation of the tracksuits and fine fashions - as well as the blood and viscera that comes with a life of that enterprise. Primaries have plenty of pull here - blues and reds particularly stand out. Black levels are on point giving the image some welcome three-dimensional qualities.
Both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the 1080p Blu-ray of The Gentlemen rolls in sporting the same effective Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 default) audio mix. Like most Ritchie movies, the mix can go from 0 to 60 at the drop of a hat and this Atmos mix is more than sporting enough to play the game. There's a great fight sequence with Colin Farrell's fighter boys he brought up from the streets that is a great work with the mix as they perform their stunts the mix pans across the sides and rears and then lifts up and over the verticals - it's awesome stuff! But that's more of the action highlight material. Most of the time the verticals don't really get that pinpoint sound effect placement and instead open up the audio to give a sense of space and dimension to any given location. The sequence where Michael tours Matthew of one of his growing facilities moves from a wide open field, into a confined shipping container, and then down into a basement with grow lights humming all over the place - the mix traveled those locations giving them a distinct but subtle auditory presence. There are a couple great kills that also make fine use of the extra spacing - but I won't give those away here. While this one could have skirted by with a 5.1 mix just fine, it's a treat with a full Atmos mix. Dialog is clean and clear - if you have an ear for the dialects. You may want to notch up the volume one or two paces just so you don't miss any of the mumble lingo.
I guess you can call these bonus features? There's really nothing of value here, sadly. And by "nothing" I do mean nothing.
The Gentlemen isn't just another great entry in the crime comedy genre, it's a return to form for director Guy Ritchie - who honestly hasn't felt truly like himself behind the camera for about 12-15 years now. It may not be as good as Snatch or Lock Stock - but it's entertaining as hell with a great cast of actors playing delightfully colorful characters doing a whole lot of bad. I was bummed I missed this in theaters, it was one of the most purely entertaining movies I've seen for 2020.
Universal delivers a solid 1080p Blu-ray release with a crackling image transfer and a rousing Dolby Atmos audio mix. Sadly the bonus features are a collection of pointless nonsense that barely cracks five-minutes total. If you're game for Guy Ritchie back in his element, The Gentlemen is well Recommended.