Free Guy – Blu-ray Review

Free Guy

When I reviewed the movie back in August, I said, “Free Guy is a fantastic cheerful romp and a fascinating analysis of what it means to be more than what you are.” After watching Free Guy multiple times already, my thoughts remain the same. It’s still one of the best video game movies of all time. Plus, no matter how many times you watch it, all of the jokes and heartwarming moments will still hit you over and over again. For my original thoughts on the film, click here.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Free Guy - Ryan Reynolds and Lil Rel Howery

Video

Free Guy hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The picture has bright whites where you can see all of the parts in the well-lit areas. At the same time, the black levels are a deep rich black that doesn’t lose any details in the shadows due to the relatively accurate brightness of the picture. The film also has a vibrant color palette, thanks to the wild, wacky world of Free City. The colors, such as the in-game user interface, just beam off the screen. However, the usual non-in-game elements have a natural saturation to them. Much like the colors, there is a crazy amount of details in Free City as well, and the Blu-ray release clearly displays it all. For a regular high-definition release, it looks as good as the Ultra HD release.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Free Guy - Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer

Audio

Free Guy hits Blu-ray with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. With all the mayhem that happens, there many action sequences that immerse you within the chaotic game world of Free City. Yet, despite all of that chaos, the balanced audio mix lets you hear it all. This includes the crisp dialogue that is well-prioritized in the center channel. In the quieter moments of the film, there are subtle but distinct atmospheric noises that happen throughout. Stuff like the background music playing in Molotovgirl’s hideout or the noise of Free City can be heard. Not to mention, Christophe Beck’s score and soundtrack completely fill up the soundstage. Overall, this is a great mix.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Free Guy - Jodie Comer and Joe Keery

Special Features

Free Guy‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
    • Guy and Buddy Hit the Beach
    • Hot Nuts Gets Blown
    • NPC Rally (Extended)
  • Gag Reel
  • Dude vs Guy
  • Creating Molotov Girl
  • It’s Taika’s World
  • Welcome to Free City
  • Theatrical Trailers

With the deleted scenes, they’re decent scenes, but you realize why it was cut from the movie. The gag reel is a hilarious feature and shows you just how fun the set was. Dude vs Guy goes in-depth with producing the Dude vs. Guy scene in the climax of the film. It may seem like an easy cinematic CG shot, but Shawn Levy explains that it’s not quite easy. Creating Molotov Girl focuses on the construction of Jodie Comer’s dual roles as Molotovgirl and Millie. Although the featurette is a love fest for Comer, it also gives you insight into conceiving the characters. It covers stuff like her costume design to her stonework. 

Much like the Molotovgirl featurette, It’s Taika’s World focuses on Antwan and the large ball-of-energy that is Taika Waititi. It’s funny just to watch Taika’s improvisational lines—it’s like its own self-contained gag reel. Welcome to Free City is basically the full behind-the-scenes making-of featurette. Although it starts off with the cast talking about what made them fall for the project, it progresses to an exceptionally in-depth featurette that looks at the world of Free City. 

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms


Overall, Free Guy is the kind of feel-good storytelling of the highest caliber. Luckily, the video transfer, audio mix, and bonus features are the same quality as the film. That is to say, it’s all pretty great too.

Overall Rating: /5 atoms

Free Guy hits stores on Blu-ray on October 12th.

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

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