3 Days to Kill appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This wasn’t a killer transfer, but it usually seemed very good.
No real issues related to sharpness. A few shots seemed just a tad soft, but those popped up infrequently. Instead, the majority of the movie looked concise and accurate. Jagged edges and shimmering failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws also caused no distractions.
Colors were fine. Like most modern action films, this one went with a stylized palette, and the movie usually favored an amber tint or bluish hues. The tones looked fine within those parameters. Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows demonstrated good clarity. Overall, this ended up as a positive image.
I also felt pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of 3 Days. The film’s action pieces offered the most dynamic elements. Sequences with fights and chases opened up the soundfield well and gave us a nice sense of involvement. Music showed good stereo imaging, and the flick used the surrounds well. The back speakers worked as reasonably active participants and placed us in the action.
Audio quality proved strong for the most part. Despite a few dodgy looped lines, speech was mostly positive, as the lines remained intelligible and clear. Music appeared lively and dynamic, and effects fared well. Those elements sounded full and rich at all times. Low-end response was quite good and brought out a nice sense of depth. This turned into a solid auditory package.
The Blu-ray includes both the movie’s theatrical (1:57:02) and extended (2:02:18) cuts. Because I only viewed the longer version, I can’t comment on the differences between them. However, I wanted to mention the presence of the two editions. (I will say I suspect the movie’s occasional nudity didn’t appear in the “PG-13” theatrical cut.)
The set provides three featurettes. The Making of 3 Days to Kill fills nine minutes, 55 seconds and features director McG and actors Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen. The show looks at story/characters, cast and performances, and shooting in Paris. We get a few decent notes but not much substance here.
Covert Operation lasts five minutes, eight seconds and brings us notes from former CIA operative Robert Baer. He tells us a little about real life inside the spy game. Despite the show’s brevity, this becomes an intriguing clip.
Finally, McG’s Method goes for four minutes, 39 seconds and features McG, Costner, Steinfeld, Heard, Nielsen, costume designer Olivier Beriot, stunt coordinator Dominique Fouassier, and production designer Sebastien Inizan. As expected, this one looks at McG’s work on the set as well as some production choices. It tends to be fairly superficial and forgettable.
The disc opens with ads for Out of the Furnace, Robocop (2014), Brick Mansions and Oculus. These also appear under Sneak Peek along with promos for Devil’s Due, The Bridge Season 1, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dom Hemingway. The release throws in the trailer for 3 Days to Kill as well.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of the film. It includes the “Covert Operations” featurette, a trailer and previews.
Despite some promising elements, 3 Days to Kill ends up as a forgettable action affair. It can’t deliver the character development it attempts and lacks enough sizzle to keep us with it. The Blu-ray presents very good picture and audio along with some minor bonus materials. This becomes a mediocre adventure at best.