Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

 Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the tired and humorless sequel to the 2017 surprise hit, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Shocking since a lot of the cast and filmmakers return for this sequel. Returning director Patrick Hughes does his best to keep the uneven plot moving forward at such a rapid pace. It’s a good thing since the storyline is wholly devoid of any common sense whatsoever. Not to mention, much of the film features many generic sequences of stunts, shootouts, and comic relief by Bryce and the Kincaids. 

Although, it also doesn’t help that neither Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson seem to give it their all. Whatever chemistry they had in the first film is completely gone in the sequel. Even so, Reynolds does the best he can to save the movie by using his trademark humor. At the same time, Samuel L. Jackson tries to give audiences what we want by dropping f-bombs all over the place. The problem is that none of it seems to fit together this time around.

However, the one actor who seems like she wants to be there is Salma Hayek. Hayek looks like she’s having the most fun showcasing Sonia’s ferocious violent streak and psychotic mannerisms. Hayek’s performance in Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a reminder of how funny she is (her stint on 30 Rock immediately comes to mind). 

Overall, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is bigger, louder, and it doesn’t have any reason to exist other than cashing in on a one-trick pony. It’s also as bloated as the title itself. Nevertheless, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is still only 90-minutes long and will have you smiling at several points in the movie. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for wisecracks between Reynolds and Jackson, you might as well watch the first film. If you want to see Salma Hayek go psycho in a comedic way, then this film is right up your alley.

Movie Rating: 2/5 atoms

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard - Samuel L. Jackson, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Ryan Reynolds

Video

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Vision/HDR transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Right off the bat, you can see how bright the lighting is for the picture as it gleams off the screen. At the same time, you can also see how dark the shadows are with the consistently deep blacks. The colors are a lively palette of colors that jumps off the screen. There is also a flood of fine-looking details that is perfectly represented in the video transfer. The picture also contains a noticeable fine film grain. Overall, this is a pretty great video transfer.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard - Morgan Freeman and Ryan Reynolds

Audio

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard‘s Dolby Atmos track. Right from the get-go, you can hear the kind of immersive action experience you’ll find for the film. Sounds are appropriately placed and move with precision from the more dynamic action scenes to the quieter moments of dialogue. Not to mention, the mix also features a lot of satisfying atmospheric effects coming from the rear and overhead channels. Atli Örvarsson’s score envelope the soundstage with such authority. Plus, the dialogue is presented perfectly clear without ever being overpowered by all of the chaos. Overall, this is a solid Atmos mix.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard - Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds

Special Features

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc has the following special features on it:

  • Ryan, Sam, Salma: One F’d Up Family
  • Gone Soft: The New Michael Bryce
  • Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard: #stuntlife
  • On the Set of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • Gag Reel

“Ryan, Sam, Salma” is a 9-minute feature that looks at the chemistry of Ryan Reynolds, Sam Jackson, and Salma Hayek. It’s a lot of interviews where the trio talks about the love and respect they have for one another. “Gone Soft” is a 7-minute feature that highlights what makes this sequel different from the first film. “#stuntlife” may be 7-minutes long, but it provides an in-depth look at the creation of the stunts in the movie. “On the Set” is a short 4-minute vlog of production designer Russell de Rozario that takes us through the smaller unseen details of the tavern scene. Of course, the gag reel is self-explanatory, and it’s a pretty damn funny watch.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Overall, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard lackluster sequel that lacked the charm and laughs from the first film. The video and audio are top notch, but the bonus features are a bit lacking. The gag reel is a must-watch though.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard hits 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on August 17th.

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

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