Kingsman: The Secret Service appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a mostly appealing presentation.
Sharpness became the only mildly inconsistent element, as a handful of shots came across as a bit soft, usually during interiors. These remained in the minority, though, so the majority of the flick displayed concise, distinctive elements. I saw no jaggies or shimmering, and edge haloes failed to mar the image. Print flaws also didn’t appear.
Here’s a shocker: Kingsman opted for a palette with an obvious teal and orange push. I’m tired of these stylistic choices, but within the image’s parameters, they looked solid. Blacks showed good depth and darkness, while low-light shots appeared smooth and clear. The occasional soft moment made this a “B”, but the picture worked well most of the time.
I also felt happy with the solid DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Kingsman. Despite the movie’s billing as an action movie, it didn’t come with a ton of chances for auditory theatrics – at least not until the third act. The first two-thirds of the movie focused so much on character that they didn’t bring out a ton of dynamic action pieces.
As the movie progressed, though, the soundscape kicked into higher gear. These sequences used all the channels in an active, involving manner and created a good feel for the material.
Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end. Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film.
In terms of extras, the disc’s major component comes from a six-part documentary called Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed. All together, this runs one hour, 31 minutes and 41 seconds as it provides comments from writer/director Matthew Vaughn, comic book creator/writer/executive producer Mark Millar, writer Jane Goldman, editor Eddie Hamilton, property master David Cheeseman, supervising armourer Damian Mitchell, costume designer Arianne Phillips, 1st AD 2nd unit Joe Geary, stunt performer Rick English, fight arranger Damien Walters, comic book creator/artist/executive producer Dave Gibbons, and actors Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Sofia Boutella, Mark Hamill, Nicholas Banks, Jack Davenport and Sophie Cookson.
“Revealed” looks at the film’s origins and development, story/character areas and aspects of the source comic, cast and performances, Vaughn’s style, weapons and other props, costumes, stunts and action, and editing.
“Revealed” seems less complete than I’d expect for such a long program. For instance, we learn little about music and effects, even though both play a prominent role in the film.
Those odd omissions aside, “Revealed” delivers an informative and entertaining piece. It touches on a lot of useful areas and does so with candor and clarity. These turn it into a valuable program.
We also get Galleries. These split into three areas: “Behind the Scenes” (51 shots), “Sets” (24) and “Props” (39). All three provide good material, but “Sets” and “Props” work best since they let us get closer looks at those domains.
The disc opens with ads for Spy, Unfinished Business and X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut. Sneak Peek adds promos for Taken 3, The Marine 4: Moving Target and Before I Go to Sleep. We also get the trailer for Kingsman.
A giddy, violent ride, Kingsman: The Secret Service presents a dynamic take on the “gentleman spy” genre. The movie succeeds as both spoof and straight action flick, one that presents a consistently exciting journey. The Blu-ray brings us good picture and audio as well as an interesting documentary. Kingsman packs a lively punch.