PictureKiss Kiss Bang Bang is presented in a broad 2.40:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. The detail is absolutely tremendous, with clarity throughout, no noticeable softness (other than that which was intentional in the flashback sequences) and no grain whatsoever. Edge enhancement is negligible and there are no other signs of digital artifacting. The colour scheme is broad and luscious, painting the night cities in neon, the parties in flashy bright tones and the flashbacks in nostalgic sepia. Blacks are deep, rich and solid and the transfer itself exhibits absolutely no signs of print damage.
As an aside, I will admit I was surprised to see Seth mention that he found artifacts while watching his copy. As I have a different player to his, it would appear, as he indictated, that it could be an incompatibility with this title and his player, so I guess he'll be looking towards picking up the R1 version when it emerges.
SoundThe main soundtrack is a solid Dolby Digital 5.1 effort, dialogue presented at the forefront, with Robert Downey Jr's voiceover bearing over the proceedings. The score is sparkly and fun, just what you would expect from a Shane Black-scripted production, with plenty of classic Christmas tunes thrown in (a la Lethal Weapon). It frequently breaks through and gives the surrounds plenty to do, even offering momentary glimpses of bass for your aural pleasure. The effects range from car crashes to gunshots to police sirens, allowing for plenty of dynamism across your living room. There is also a stereo descriptive track if you so require.
ExtrasShamefully for this disc we don't even get a theatrical trailer. I'm not sure whether this is going to be yet another double-dip situation, but this movie is certainly crying out for a two-disc special edition.
VerdictKiss Kiss Bang Bang is another great work from the fantastic screenwriter Shane Black. Not only that, but it marks his first directorial debut - and what a debut! With Robert Downey Jr finally getting the kind of work he deserves and a superb script for all the interesting cast to play with, fans of Shane Black's work will have already picked this up. For those unfamiliar, I highly recommend this as a blind buy - you will not be disappointed - and whilst a special edition is probably already looming on the horizons, if you can find it for a good price then I recommend you don't wait. It is highly recommended.
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