Push – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Push - Poster #1

Believe it or not, there was a time where superhero films weren’t the juggernaut that it is today. A year after the release of Iron Man, a smaller superhero film called Push was released. On the surface, Push is great from a conceptual level. The different types of psychics, each with their own powers, are all creative and interesting to watch. Each class also has their time to shine in the film. So it’s not a case where they just gloss over them and they’re never seen again. The way that David Bourla intertwines these classes are fun. This interaction provides the film with most of its fun.

There are some plot holes, though. It’s unclear whether or not these plot holes were going to be answered in a sequel but they are still really glaring. Not to mention, the area of some characters don’t really go anywhere.

Unfortunately, the film’s execution isn’t as exciting as it’s concept. The film goes through so many different styles that it’s unclear what Paul McGuigan was going for. Is it trying to be gritty or is it trying to be stylish? There doesn’t seem any sort of focus. You’ll find many of these different styles throughout the film. However, the more stylistic approach is much more distracting.

Before he became Captain America, Chris Evans has done quite a few superhero films by the time he made Push. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have the same charisma and charm that he has as Cap. He forces all types of emotions and the delivery of his lines too.

Dakota Fanning does quite well as Cassie Holmes. Her spunky demeanor gives the film much of its life. Also, she goes through a lot of emotions—including a brief drunken scene. Also, Djimon Hounsou is surprisingly likable as the film’s villain. Although his motives are unclear, he still has a charming personality to him.

Unfortunately, Camilla Belle doesn’t fare too well in her limited speaking role. In this type of role, facial expressions are crucial and Belle doesn’t display enough here. She has glimpses of emotion but there are many.

Overall, Push had the ability to be a good and unique franchise. The concept of these psychic classes surviving and battling is an enjoyable one. Sadly, the film’s direction and execution killed any chance of that happening.

Movie Rating: 3/5 atoms

Push - Chris Evans

Push hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 4K transfer and a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. As mentioned above, the film has a ton of stylistic choices which makes the Ultra HD video an interesting watch. The source material certainly doesn’t show off the best of what Ultra HD has to offer. Having said that, the HDR is the biggest plus for this presentation. As per usual, the black levels are deep and the highlights are nice and bright. Not to mention, the colors are vivid and bold—highlighting the neon jungle that is Hong Kong. On top of all that, the details are crisp and clear too.

However, because the details are so clear, it puts the spotlight on the film grain. The film was shot on both Super 35 mm and Super 16 mm film. Thus, when the film goes from 35 to 16, the grain shift is noticeable. It’s either heavy or light. Overall, the video presentation showcases what the film should look like… Even though the source material isn’t exactly the best looking.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

Push - Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning

Push hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track. The review will reflect Push‘s core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track. This is an incredibly fun presentation that Lionsgate has put out for Push. The biggest highlights come whenever anyone uses their powers. The sound effects are accurately placed and the panning is smooth as well. Not to mention, the subwoofer packs quite a punch when they use their powers too. The film’s atmospherics will also immerse you in the film. Whether it’s the score or the Hong Kong surroundings, your sound system will stay busy. Overall, this is an incredible, almost reference-quality release.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
Push - Djimon Hounsou and Camilla Belle

Push‘s 4K Ultra HD disc has the following special features on the release:

  • Deleted Scenes
    • Cassie Buys Alcohol
    • Stowe and Popgirl on the Phone
    • Cassie Hides from Stowe
    • Stowe Killed by Popgirl
  • The Science Behind the Fiction
  • Breaking Down the 9 Types of Psychics

With the exception of “Breaking Down,” all of the other special features can be found on the 1080P Blu-ray disc. Nevertheless, “The Science Behind the Fiction” is easily the best featurette out of this small list. It’s interesting to see some of the real world science behind some of the powers of the psychics. Also, “Breaking Down” is an interesting watch because it lists every psychic type in the film. It’s short but it’s a good watch if you need a cliff notes version of every psychic type. Unfortunately, the deleted scenes are all unremarkable.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms

Overall, Push is an interesting concept where the final product doesn’t live up to expectations. The video presentation is solid despite the adequate source material. The audio is absolutely stupendous with its reference-like presentation. Finally, the special features are limited but some are an interesting watch.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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