The Last Duel – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

The Last Duel

On the whole, The Last Duel lives and dies by the screenplay written by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener. The Medieval setting is merely a backdrop to the real story as it approaches it from three different points of view. The first showcases the viewpoint of the victim’s husband (Matt Damon). Next, it follows the point of view of the accused (Adam Driver). Finally, the third chapter looks at the angle from the victim herself (Jodie Comer). 

Each act retells the same story again and again, and each chapter brings a different performance from Damon, Driver, and Comer to account for the varying perspectives. Affleck, Damon, and Holofcener’s script allow each of their characters to portray how they felt they acted. Of course, the men in their respective chapters see themselves as the hero. Jean is the hero for standing up and potentially sacrificing his life for her, and Jacques is the hero in his version as he was acting out of love.

As you can imagine, Jodie Comer is the heart and soul of The Last Duel. Comer’s Marguerite is a biting commentary of women in men’s thoughts. In other words, they are but a mere accessory to their lives than an equal part. Comer’s performance is a patient one, she’s a side character until the point where she finally comes into her own in her chapter. The meek personality is but a figment of Jean and Jacques’s imagination.

Overall, The Last Duel is an intriguing film that’s not without its flaws. For one thing, it’s way too long and way too slow. It can be tough being a fan of aging directors. Thankfully, Sir Ridley Scott is able to create films that still challenge, mesmerize, and entertain us, and The Last Duel is one of the better offerings of his late career.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Last Duel - Adam Driver and Matt Damon

Video

The Last Duel hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. When scenes take place indoors, the highlights and shadows look exquisite. The lights are vibrant, while the blackness is inky. Meanwhile, when they’re outdoors, the contrast is a bit flatter. Similar to Sir Ridley Scott’s previous historical epics, The Last Duel features a wintry drab palette. Thus, it doesn’t let the HDR’s extended color spectrum a chance to shine. The film has an incredible amount of detail, ranging from the costume design to the massive sets. This 4K release can reproduce all of it with such clarity.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Last Duel - Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, and Matt Damon

Audio

The Last Duel hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect The Last Duel‘s Dolby Atmos track. Although there is a decent amount of battles in the film, it’s not necessarily a big action epic. Nevertheless, there is a good amount of accurate sound movement in scenes that call for it. Atmospheric effects consistently appear in the film, but the atmospherics can primarily be found in the front speakers. Thus, it doesn’t provide the amount of immersion that the mic should provide. The score is separated and provides a rich, full-sounding score, and the dialogue is clean-sounding and crisp throughout.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Last Duel - Jodie Comer

Special Features

The Last Duel‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • The Making of The Last Duel
  • Theatrical Trailer
Features Assessment

This length 30-minute making-of documentary was directed and shot by Sir Ridley’s granddaughter, Cuba Tornado Scott. It’s an intriguing documentary with a Tarantino sense of flair to the editing. Also, if you go to her Instagram account, you can get a sense of her talented photographic eye. None of what’s shown is chronological, but the amount of authentic and cinematic footage keeps things vastly interesting. Unfortunately, that’s the only bonus feature included in this release, which is quite disappointing to see.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, The Last Duel is a historical drama that entertains without any excitement that occupies these types of movies. The video and audio presentations are top-notch, but unfortunately, the bonus features are severely lacking.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Last Duel is now available in stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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

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