Wrath of Man Blu-ray review

Jul 27, 2021- Permalink

After an incredibly long and ridiculous shipping delay (I’m looking at you UPS), I finally got a chance to take a look at the Wrath of Man Blu-ray from Warner Brothers. This Guy Ritchie action-thriller stars Jason Statham as a recently-hired armed security guard who, like many characters in the film, isn’t exactly who he says he is. As always, here’s the standard WB disclaimer: Though Warner Bros. provided me with this disc to review, the thoughts and opinions below are mine.

The 1080p AVC encoded transfer is in the original release’s 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The image is highly detailed in all the usual areas: facial textures, textiles, and environments, and the colour palette is dominated by cooler tones, though there are some pops of colour with city lights and other elements like that. Black levels and detail are very good, with just some light crushing in some of the darker scenes.

On the audio side, the disc comes with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack and English SDH subtitles. This a bit of a barebones release from Warner, so no extra languages or subtitles are provided. The action in this film lends itself to an Atmos soundtrack, but we have to make do with a 5.1 mix, which is odd given that a 7.1 soundtrack was available. The dialogue is clear and centred despite all the mayhem surrounding it, and your surround speakers and subwoofer are used well to make you part of the action.

The Wrath of Man Blu-ray comes with a digital code and zero special features. Apparently some international versions (including Canada) do have some featurettes, but since I was sent an American copy, I can’t speak to them.

Wrath of Man is a pretty solid action outing from director Guy Ritchie and his frequent collaborator Jason Statham. If you like the film, the slightly underwhelming video and audio presentations and zero bonus features may want to make you wait for an upcoming 4K version aimed at international markets. Not sure why the US market is getting short-changed.