Copshop comes to Blu-ray from Universal in a completely bare-bones release, which is aggravating because there are so many cool action scenes and wonderful actors that would have made a fantastic and fun behind-the-scenes kit. Alas, there is nothing here, not even a trailer. The film itself is wonderfully action-packed and darkly funny with some amazing performances and stunning visuals. It's just unfortunate that the 1080p HD transfer comes across as much darker than it should be. The DTS-HD 5.1 audio option though is stellar. Worth A Look.
Joe Carnahan has delivered yet another super fun, action-packed thrill ride with Copshop. Frank Grillo, Gerard Butler, and Alexis Louder are pitch-perfect in this darkly funny movie that takes place mostly in one location. It's all a big, murderous gunfight to stay alive with multiple police officers and criminals all inside a multi-level police station with some whacky assassins and corrupt cops that get entangled in a web of deceit and blood. Carnahan's stylish camera captures some excellent emotion from the actors, along with some fantastic-looking color palettes that are not often seen in these types of films. This is a highly entertaining movie with some wonderful performances and memorable action scenes.
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Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Copshop shoots its way on Blu-ray thanks to Universal. This release comes with the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Code. The discs are housed inside a hard, blue plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The artwork features a colorful assortment of the main characters. There is an insert for the digital code and reward points for Universal.
Copshop comes with a 1080p HD transfer in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 that looks a little darker than anticipated in certain sequences. This is a particularly stylish action film with tons of bright colors that pop, similar to a seedy alleyway that is littered with a rainbow of neon lighting.
The first sequence has an amber tint to it that is set in the desert with tons of orange and sandy browns with a little bit of greenery of vegetation. This is set against a blue sky, but the image looks a tiny bit darker than it should be. The blue and red cop lights though simply pounce off-screen though. Once inside the police building for the remainder of the film, there are varying degrees of blue, green, yellow, and grays. Bursts of reds, purples, and other abnormal colors one wouldn't find inside a cop building accentuate the suspense and mayhem, which look great. But again, most of the film comes across as darker than normal, which can blend in black shadows and the blue lighting in the background.
The detail in well-lit situations gives way to some decent close-ups that have beads of sweat, gory wounds, cuts on faces, practical makeup effects, and individual hairs. Wider shots don't hold up that well in darker scenes, but the brighter the sequence is, the better the detail of the building and set design is. There is some mild noise and banding, but other than that, the video looks good. Being a great and visually stunning film, the image should have been turned up a litter brighter.
This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix that sounds excellent, as it should because there is a ton of gunfire. The sound effects of jail cells clinking and guns being discharged all sound wonderful. The different sounds from each type of gun have their own unique sound with the proper amount of bass. The bullets fly fluidly from speaker to speaker with good directionality.
The bass has a good rumble to it from the score, explosions, and gun blasts. Glass breaking, and people screaming or walking around on the multi-level building can be heard nicely too when those sound effects come into play. Dialogue is always clean, clear, and easy to follow along with, free of any audio issues. In all, this DTS-HD option is loud and fantastic.
There are zero bonus features.
Copshop is an action-packed, darkly funny, and energetic movie set mostly inside one location. There are some fantastic characters and thrilling stories to go along with it with some wonderful performances. Most importantly though, it's a ton of fun. Unfortunately, Universal got lazy with this Blu-ray release and kinda botched the video element of this release, making everything look darker than it should. The DTS-HD audio mix is stellar though. However, the fact there are NO bonus features with such a fun cast like this, is downright deplorable. Not even an EPK or a trailer. This is indeed barebones, which in this day and age is a big no-no. Worth A Look for the film itself.