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December 21, 2010
Killers Blu-Ray Movie Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
29/7/20102/12/2010Village RoadshowRobert Luketic
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MAshton Kutcher
Katherine Heigl

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Katherine Heigl in the 2010 movie, Killers.

In the great Hollywood tradition of different studios releasing similarly themed movies like Deep Impact/Armageddon or Volcano/Dante's Peak 2010 saw the release of a duo of action comedies by way of Killers starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher and Knight & Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. It's that first movie which we've taken a look at first...

It's hard to imagine but this movie, which runs for 100 minutes, is pretty much devoid of plot. Let me sum it up for you... Young hot looking assassin Spencer marries ditzy, whiney, pretty girl named Jen. For whatever reason Spencer's past comes back, and pretty much every single person they've ever know is a bad guy trying to kill them. That's about it.

If you haven't picked up from the storyline I detailed above, this isn't a great movie. In fact, it's not even good. Not only is everything predictable, but the action sequences are fairly dull, the acting is pretty wooden with the only thing that seems to change on the two leads is Heigl's hairstyle to differentiate the passing of time.

There is one point in the movie around 52 minutes in where Spencer and Jen are in a car chase and being shot at by an assassin and, I shit you not, the music is something you would find in an elevator. It's so out of place, and plinky plonk that it simply doesn't suit what you're watching. In fact there are many moments in this film where the tone, and action is ruined by music that just doesn't suit and composer Rolfe Kent should have done so much more with the action sequences in particular.

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To be honest, Killers is a crap movie.
Killers is a pretty dire movie on all counts. The action falls flat, the love story dull, and the comedy - well I don't think I laughed out loud once, nor even chuckled. If you're desperate, or a massive fan of either of the two leads, you may want to check this film out but it's not one we recommend.

Killers is presented on Blu-Ray at the film’s original 2.40:1 aspect ratio using the AVC MPEG-4 codec. While the film isn't much to write home about the transfer of this film is certainly a lot more impressive. The transfer exhibits plenty of fine detail and as expected is devoid of any film artifacts as it was shot on the Arriflex D-21 digital camera. With a bit rate that constantly hovers above 30Mbps throughout the films duration there is obviously plenty of room for the transfer to breathe.

While not a fault of the transfer, we think, we did find that the film had a somewhat warm and unnatural red tint to it. It made the actors skin tones look unnatural and made it appear as if the large majority of the film takes place during a warm summers sunset.

Killers comes to Blu-Ray with a moderately impressive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (16-bit/48Khz) track. Naturally with such a recently released film you expect something impressive and on a technical level this transfer gets the job done with clear dialogue and some good effects. Unfortunately the actual sound mix, and the music in particular which we've discussed earlier, is pretty average and doesn't suit the theme of the movie. It's like the filmmakers didn't want to make this action movie and action movie so as to not alienate the female audience.

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Ashton Kutcher looking, Ashton Kutcher.
Besides the primary English track this Blu-Ray contains an English Descriptive Service track which is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 448kbps, a French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and a Hindi Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 640kbps. Subtitles are provided in English, English SDH, French, Hindi, Arabic, and Dutch. That's a little less then we're used to from a Sony Pictures release but as always the English track, from our samples, didn't show any glaring issues.

For such a recent movie, and one which despite the quality of the movie will probably sell on star power alone it was bitterly disappointing to see how few extras were included on the disc. Anyway here's what to expect...

Deleted Scenes (4:16/HD): There are a couple of deleted scenes presented here "Cemetery", "Off To Work", "Good Morning", "Coffee" and "Montage". Each is presented in HD although only with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. As for their quality, the movie was bad enough, these don't add anything at all.

Alternate/Extended Scenes (10:35/HD): As the title suggests this is a set of alternate takes or extended versions of scenes in the movie.

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Killers, one only for big Kutcher or Heigl fans.
Gag Reel (1:35/HD): Running for a phenomenal 95 seconds this is not only pointless, but too short to have any value.

Killer Chemistry: Behind the Scenes With Cast and Crew (11:10/HD): Wow! The best extra on this disc is an EPK featurette where the actors tell us the plot (was there one?!) of the movie and gush about each other. There's a little bit of on-set footage, and some interviews, but really it's mediocre at best.

Killers is a pretty horrible movie although the Blu-Ray transfer is pretty decent. While there is the odd moment of entertainment, the predictability, the dull plot and pretty crappy acting makes this a movie to rent at best.

Review By: Dave Warner


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