Wild Target Blu-ray Review
‘Wild Target’ arrives on Region B locked Blu-ray with an excellent 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
As you’d expect from such a recent release the source is pristine with no dust, dirt or scratches to catch the eye. There’s also a lack of noticeable grain, which is a tribute to the latest Fuji 35mm motion picture stock. Skin tones look realistic for a film shot in Britain, while the even lighting comes across well in this pin sharp transfer. The bright yellow of one of Rose’s skirts and the flame red paintwork of the Mini in which our heroes (and heroine) nip around town are particularly vibrant. In darker scenes we get nice deep blacks, which is how we like ‘em. Contrast is very good throughout. I really can’t fault this transfer. It’s just like having your very own 35mm print of the movie.
The Audio on ‘Wild Target’ comes in a DTS-HD MA 5.1 flavour which makes use of the surrounds only occasionally, but when they do kick in they are effective. Spent bullet casings tinkle to the floor with such clarity that I had to stop myself reaching out to catch them. The sonic action is generally focussed on a wide front sound stage. Left and right panning as cars drive through shot is very pleasing. Dialogue is clear and intelligible, giving us the chance to fully enjoy the subtlety of the script. The main stereo pair spring to life with the many music tracks which lend the film a modern London feel. Bass is there when it’s needed but, thankfully, you don’t feel as if you’re being hoofed on the forehead by an enraged donkey. This is a very enjoyable mix for a very enjoyable movie.
Cast & Crew Interviews (SD, 56 mins)
The interviews with the cast are pretty dire as they’re all shot against a bit of black velvet - okay, one of them uses an inky dink (a defocusable spotlight) to create a background lighting pattern. None of them sound lively or terribly excited about doing the chore and they all answer the same questions. So tell us the story, now tell us about your character. How do they get on with the other characters? They’re all short, bite-sized chunks. We don’t hear how much fun the film was to make or what the problems were and there are no funny anecdotes.
The only one who sounded amusing was Gregor Fisher. You get the feeling that they weren’t being paid for this bit.
We do hear a little from director Jonathan Lynn, writer Lucinda Coxon and Producer Michael Rose. None of it is very revealing and I felt it was a real waste of disc space.
Give me a nice ‘Making of’ doco any day.
‘Wild Target’ - a fresh, lightly dark comedy with a great British cast including the wonderful Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett, Eileen Atkins and Gregor Fisher makes its debut on UK Region B locked Blu-ray, just a few months after its cinema release.
It sports an excellent 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer, framed in the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Skin tones look great in this pin sharp image which also boasts healthy contrast and solid blacks.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix reserves use of the surrounds for special occasions – so they are more effective – but the front wide sound stage steering is superb with crisp dialogue throughout and the music really rocks the main stereo pair.
The cast interviews served up as extras are disappointing, but the film is what we really want here.
It’s the story of a Hit-man (Nighy) who falls in love with his target (Ms Blunt) and then ends up protecting her from another hired gun. The film has a great subtle charm and is handled tastefully by director Jonathan Lynn. If you want something a bit different from the usual home cinema fodder, then this is for you.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.99
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