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KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 129 minutes, featurettes, galleries, trailers, digital HD ultraviolet copy

VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 7.1 DTS-HD MA, English 5.1 Audi Descriptive Track, French 5.1 Dolby Digital. Spanish 5.1 DD, Portuguese 5.1 DD, Russian 5.1 DD, Thai 5.1 DD, Ukrainian 5.1 DD

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Chinese Mandarin

 

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Marv/ Cloudy Productions

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 2-13-2015

Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE: 6-9-2015

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is a fun spy action movie that wants me to watch the old 1960s spy movies again whether it is James Bond, Harry Palmer, or Derek Flint.   Director Matthew Vaughn brings the same high energy style he brought to KICK-ASS as the movie revolves around an independent intelligence agency out to protect the world that arises out of a society of gentleman’s tailors.   Colin Firth is Harry Hart, one of those agents, as he owes his life to a man who sacrificed himself to save Hart, so the agent vows to keep his eyes on the guy’s widow and son.  

 

Flash forward years later when the son Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is a young adult troublemaker and he calls a special number to get out of jail, and soon he finds himself invited to train to be one of the next Kingsman to replace one of the recently fallen agents (Jack Davenport) as Firth investigates the big evil corporation headed by Samuel L. Jackson speaking with a lisp and dressed like a rapper.   Jackson’s henchwoman is a beautiful and deadly woman with lethal blades for legs.   He has a plan that is worthy of your typical 1970s James Bond villain and Dr. Evil which involves a few internet/ phone sim card.   A great cast (which includes Michael Caine and Mark Strong) populates the movie as the action sequences are really high energy (whether it is the training sequences or the various fights against the bad guys).   Please sign me up for a return mission soon as I would watch the KINGSMAN sequel on opening weekend like right now.  KINGSMAN also makes me want to watch the old Harry Palmer films (which starred Michael Caine), the Flint movies, and the old James Bond classics.  I happen to be watching the 1970s British cold war spy series THE GAME this week and I hope this movie makes some fans discover some of the spy movies from the 1960s and 1970s (or go watch them again if they have already seen them).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE REVEALED (approx 92 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, and clips from the movie):

PANEL TO SCREEN: THE EDUCATION OF A 21ST CENTURY SPY- how the idea for KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE developed as a comic book and a movie in addition to what changes were made by Matthew Vaughn for the movie (changing the relationship between Harry and Eggsy, changing the henchman to female, the origin story for Kingsman, and the Mark Hamill connection)

HEROES AND ROGUES- all about the cast who were picked to play the heroes and the bad guys

STYLE ALL HIS OWN- this one focuses on the style and director of director Matthew Vaughn

TOOLS OF THE TRADE- a close look at the variety of weapons used for the movie

BREATHTAKINGLY BRUTAL- a behind-the-scenes look at the stunt work of the movie

CULTURE CLASH: THE COMIC BOOK ORIGINS OF THE SECRET SERVICE- Mark Millar, David Gibbons, and Matthew Vaughn talk about the origins of the comic book

 

Galleries- BEHIND THE SCENES, SETS, PROPS

Theatrical trailer

Previews for SPY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST- THE ROGUE CUT, UNFINISHED BUSINESS, TAKEN 3, THE MARINE 4: MOVING TARGET, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, Discover Digital HD

 

Code to download and stream a Digital HD Ultraviolet copy of the movie

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is one of the best love letters to the spy movies of the 1960s along with a great 92 minute making-of documentary.

 

This review is 6-16-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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