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ATOMIC BLONDE
Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 114 minutes, featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary, DVD, digital copy
VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English DTS X immersive Audio, French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround, Spanish 5.1 DTS DS, English Descriptive Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment/ Focus Features/ 87Eleven/ / Denver and Delilah Productions/ Sierra Affinity/ T.G.I.M. Films/ / Chickie The Cop/Closed on Mondays Entertainment
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 7-28-2017
Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE: 11-14-2017
Synopsis (from Focus Features):
The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

ANALYSIS:
ATOMIC BLONDE is based on the graphic novel THE COLDEST CITY from Oni Press. People will be surprised this is based on a comic book, but I think people will recognize it in the form of the ATOMIC BLONDE movie for years to come. It is a 1980s cocktail of the best music of the period and action mixed with Cold War spy intrigue during the dying days of the Cold War in Berlin, Germany. The only thing that annoys me about the movie is the story is being told in flashback by the main character. Otherwise, it is one of most interesting spy movies of recent years with Charlize Theron being electric in every action sequence. The scene where her character wanders into a movie theater playing slow burn sci-fi classic STALKER (DIRECTED BY Andrei Tarkovsky) makes me want to watch that movie again (which has recently been released to blu-ray and DVD by Criterion Collection- so a little accidental product placement that will hopefully boost sales of that movie). James McAvoy is at his slimy best as the somewhat charming agent who can't just be trusted. Berlin is another character highlighted by the gorgeous cinematography which makes every sequence in this movie pop (I wonder how 4K viewers will experience the color range on 4K UHD players later this year) from the cooler color scene to the sequences filled with powerful color.

If you're looking for great action sequences and a movie with strong female characters, ATOMIC BLONDE has it in spades. ATOMIC BLONDE is a stylistic spy action thriller with a great 1980s music song list and Charlize Theron owning each action sequence.
Go rent this movie or buy it when it hits blu-ray, digital HD, 4K UHD, and DVD.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Audio Commentary with Director David Leitch and Editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir which covers how the movie was crafted in the editing phase and the movie mostly being filmed in Budapest with only five days in Berlin.

Six deleted and extended scenes cut for pacing reasons

Featurettes:
WELCOME TO BERLIN- a promotional fluff piece on ATOMIC BLONDE
BLONDES HAVE MORE GUN- a behind-the-scenes look at the training and filming of action scenes with Charlize Theron who was able to do all of her own stunt and allowed the director to film up close (and do more with the action)
SPYMASTER- a featurette on the director of the movie
ANATOMY OF A FIGHT SCENE- a behind-the-scenes look at the action sequence filmed in a continuous take that takes the action up the stairs into an apartment and back to outside
STORY IN MOTION has two animated storyboard sequences with optional audio commentary from director David Leitch

Also in this combo pack is the movie in standard definition on DVD and a code to stream and download a digital copy of ATOMIC BLONDE

FINAL ANALYSIS: ATOMIC BLONDE has energetic fight sequences, a stylish 1980s soundtrack, and a great cast. Watch it and buy it.

This review is 11-24-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

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