The Doorman Blu-ray review

Oct 11, 2020- Permalink

Ruby Rose and Jean Reno star in The Doorman, a direct-to-video Blu-ray release from Lionsgate. Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, it tells the story of Ali (Rose), an ex-Marine who now works as a doorman at the hotel. When a team of mercenaries led by Victor (Reno) arrive to steal precious artwork hidden in the hotel’s walls, Ali taps into her training to take them on as a one soldier army. This is standard Die Hard-esque fare, pitting one against many, but Rose is up to the job and it will help you while away the time during the crazy year known as 2020. In Canada, the flick is only available on DVD, so Blu-ray aficionados may want to shop at an importer.

The 1080p AVC-encoded transfer is in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Shot digitally, the film is crystal clear, except for a few moments of softness in some outdoor scenes. Otherwise, there’s a tremendous amount of detail in skin textures, textiles, and environmental elements. The colour palette is good, with nice pops of colour in some of the clothing. The black levels are deep and shadows have detail, with no sign of crushing in the darker scenes.

On the audio side we get a lossless English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Subtitles are available for English SDH, Spanish and French. Low frequency hits amplify the action and gunfire. It’s a front-focused soundtrack, but the surrounds do a capable job of adding ambient elements. Dialogue is clear and centred.

The Blu-ray comes with a digital code, but other than that, the only other extra is a short featurette featuring quotes from cast and crew.

The Doorman may not be the pinnacle of action flicks, but fans of the genre will have fun with it.