Retired and Extremely Dangerous, or RED, is an action comedy based off of a comic series with the same name. Summit re-releasing this 2010 action/comedy on 4K, along with it’s sequel (the aptly named Red 2, which will be reviewed shortly). So let’s dive in and see what we’ve got here.
Bruce Willis is Frank Moses, a retired but still completely lethal black ops operative who spends his days tending to his quiet home and phoning into his pension’s call center to flirt with a particular phone operator, Sarah (played by the always great Mary-Louis Parker). That is, until someone tries to kill him and his former teammates.
With a destroyed house, and a sneaking suspicion that his lady might be in trouble next, Frank does what anyone would do in his situation — he gets to her first. The only trouble here is that Sarah doesn’t know that Frank is an ex-operative, and they’ve never met before, so she’s not so keen on him appearing in her house unannounced and basically kidnapping her, but it becomes apparent quick enough that Frank is her path to safety, be he is going to need the help of Joe, Marvin, and Victoria, his former teammates, played by Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren.
The reunion of these RED ex-operatives is pretty damn great. Each one has their wacky quirks, and the casting could not have been any better. The group gets itself into some hilarious situations as they track down their would be assassin. This is where RED shines – it is a really fun and action packed movie that puts some of your favorite movie stars on screen, kicking ass from retirement. Action and comedy fans will rejoice.
So, as with all catalog 4K releases, the question of the day is whether or not this is a worthwhile upgrade. I can say that this movie looks fantastic on 4K, the colors are vibrant and exciting, and the clarity is definitely present I’m not entirely convinced that this film is worth a double dip if you have a Blu-ray copy already, because this film looks almost as great on Blu-ray. However, if there isn’t much of a price difference, I would recommend grabbing this set over the Blu-ray, as there is a quality bump there.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade in the transition to UHD here is the audio track. Sporting a shiny Atmos track, this movie (which already sounded fantastic) really impresses. There is a lot of excitement in this movie, and a lot that uses multiple channels, which makes it an absolute joy to experience. It isn’t quite reference material, but it is definitely worth showing off.
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Audio Commentary with a real retired CIA Field Operative
- Theatrical Trailer
As is becoming the standard with UHD releases, RED comes with a slick looking shiny slipcover with matching art in the black amaray case. Inside, you get a UV slip, and two discs (UHD and Blu-ray). The UHD disc has matching art with the case which looks quite nice.
If you are a fan of any of these huge stars (and let’s be honest, most of us are) then RED is a definite pick up if you don’t already own it. However, if you already have the Blu-ray release, I would recommend waiting and grabbing this when it’s on sale.
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