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Kick-Ass Blu-ray Review

Have you seen the movie? Have you seen the Blu-ray?

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Here's a little secret, I never got to see Kick-Ass in theaters. I didn't get to go to any screenings and when it opened, we were in Chicago at c2e2. The good thing about not seeing it back in April is I get to see a "new" movie at home on Blu-ray. I know the movie got mixed reviews but I try not to let that influence my opinion. I liked the comic. It may not have been the most brilliant piece of work but it was fun. 
 
To this day, I am still amazed at how clear the picture can be watching a Blu-ray on an HDTV. It's one of the reasons I love Blu-rays and this release takes advantage of the high-definition.  They did a nice job with the high school setting created for the movie. My first impression of Aaron Johnson was he didn't quite feel right as Dave Lizewski. Once he put on clothes over his costume, he started looking better for the role. Maybe it was just his hair.
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What's nice about the movie/story is the acknowledgment of comic books and the fact that there aren't real heroes. There's also the fact that Dave ordered his costume online rather than make it himself. I don't remember it in the comic but I liked the touch of Dave's nerve endings getting messed up after he first gets stabbed and hit by a car. It helps to set things up for the rest of the movie.
 
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I have to admit I was a bit horrified at seeing The Spirit 3 when Dave and his friends went to the movie. I remember hearing some complaining over the 3-D comic scene. I actually thought it was kind of neat. It was a little cheesy but a nice nod to the original comic. It was also something different than a typical flashback. It may have looked a little weird but I thought it was a nice touch. There was also more of the "mob" stuff in the movie. Red Mist's secret felt like it was revealed too early. Big Daddy fight first scene was pretty cool. I have to also admit that Nic Cage did a good job channeling Adam West when he and Hit-Girl approached Dave in his bedroom. Hit-Girl did a good job, even it it's still kind of creepy seeing a little girl in the role. The blood in the movie looked kind of weird. The movie had good momentum and pacing for the first half of the movie. The second half got a little muddled down. It could have definitely been shorter. I wasn't crazy about the tweaks made at the end. Some bits felt too easy with a slight bit of cheesiness.
     
What about Special Features? 
  • Ass-Kicking Bonusview Mode. Entire movie but commentary
  • Audio Commentary Matthew Vaughn
  • A New Kind Of Superhero: The Making Of Kick-Ass. Four features running just under two hours. "Pushing Boundaries""Let's Shoot This F**KER!" "Tempting Fate" "All Fired Up!"
  • It's On! The Comic Book Origin Of Kick-Ass (20:36)
  • The Art Of Kick-Ass: Storyboards, Costumes, On-set Photography, Production Design, JR JR Art For The Film (pencils)
  • Marketing Archive: Theatrical Trailer, Hit-Girl Redband trailer, North America Campaign, International Campaign    
 
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Overall I liked the movie. The special features didn't get me excited and make me jump up and down. This release also included the movie on DVD as well as a digital copy for your computer or iProduct. Giving this a rating, I'd say the movie and this Blu-ray release gets a solid 4 out of 5. This movie was not meant to be like The Dark Knight or Iron Man 2. It was simply a fun and entertaining, almost spoof on superhero movies. While not perfect, it did a nice job living up to the comic version and provided some moments of entertainment.