Guns Akimbo appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a well-rendered image.
As expected, sharpness worked well, with only minor softness in some wider shots. The majority of the flick boasted accurate delineation.
The movie lacked jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also never materialized.
To the surprise of no one, Guns opted for a teal-heavy palette that also threw out splashes of orange and amber. Given the production decisions, the hues looked appropriate and full.
Blacks seemed deep and dense, while low-light shots appeared smooth and concise. Though not dazzling, the Blu-ray replicated the source in a positive manner.
In addition, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack boasted an immersive affair. With a slew of action scenes, the soundscape blasted to life on many occasions.
This meant a lot of room for mayhem, with vehicles, guns and explosions that engulfed the viewer. The soundfield added impact to the proceedings and used the various channels to strong advantage.
Audio quality also satisfied, with speech that came across as natural and distinctive. Music appeared bright and bold as well.
Like one would expect, effects dominated the proceedings, and they fared nicely, with accurate, tight material that showed deep bass as appropriate. The soundtrack brought out the anticipated powerful sonic experience.
A few extras fill out the set, and we open with an audio commentary from Jason Lei Howden. He offers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts and effects, music, and related topics.
Though he creates a moderately informative track, I can’t say Howden ever excels in the format. He does bring us a decent view of the film, and some parts fare better than others.
For instance, Howden alludes to conflicts with the producers, especially as it appears they forced him to use music he didn’t want. These moments intrigue, but most of the commentary remains pretty average.
Welcome to Skizm runs 13 minutes, 49 seconds and offers notes from Howden. We learn about influences and the movie’s origins/development, cast and performances, characters, stunts and action, costumes, sets and locations, and camerawork. Inevitably, some of this repeats from the commentary, but Howden still offers a good overview.
We also find a Stunt Sequence Exploration that spans four minutes, four seconds. It features a few notes from Howden but mostly offers a side-by-side look at stunt choreography tests vs. the final film. That makes it a fun addition.
The disc opens with ads for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and Come to Daddy. No trailer for Guns appears here.
An instance of style over substance, Guns Akimbo might work better if that style seemed more compelling. Instead, the film offers a glib, superficial mix of action influences without its own identity. The Blu-ray brings good picture and audio along with a handful of bonus features. The movie entertains much less than it should.