Kiss the Girls appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The Dolby Vision presentation looked more than watchable but didn’t exactly excel.
Which seemed to be the “blame” of the source, as Kiss went with a semi-murky vibe. Overall sharpness felt fine, though these photographic choices meant we only occasionally found shots that seemed particularly well-defined.
I suspect some noise reduction came along for the ride during the many low-light interiors, which added to the semi-dull impression. Nonetheless, a lot of this seemed to come from stylistic decisions, so for the most part, the image appeared to replicate the source.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects appeared, but some light edge haloes cropped up at times. In terms of print flaws, a couple small specks materialized but I saw nothing prominent.
Colors went stylized, with an emphasis on greens, blues and ambers. Given the aforementioned murkiness of the image, these didn’t impress but they appeared to demonstrate the intended tones, and HDR added some intensity at times.
Blacks seemed reasonably dark, and low-light shots felt fairly smooth – albeit also impacted by the muddy vibe the filmmakers apparently intended. HDR gave whites and contrast a bit of a boost. This became a decent to good image but nothing memorable.
Expect superior work from the movie’s active DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack – although I might find it to be too active. The soundfield could go a little nuts at times and overuse the surround channels.
Still, that became a minor complaint, as the soundscape usually provided a pretty engaging spectrum. All five channels produced a good sense of setting, and sequences that boasted action allowed for some involving material.
Audio quality worked well, with speech that remained natural and concise. Music seemed lively and full.
Effects showed solid reproduction, with clean highs and tight lows. Though I thought it went a bit wild at times, the mix still seemed satisfying.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray from 2015? Both came with identical DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio.
As for the Dolby Vision image, it felt better defined and more vivid than the mediocre Blu-ray. However, the mix of modest tampering – via edge haloes and light noise reduction – and the dingy nature of the source meant this wasn’t a stellar upgrade. I preferred the 4K to the Blu-ray but I couldn’t claim it blew away its predecessor.
No extras appear on the 4K. The set lacks the aforementioned Blu-ray, though it also came with no bonus features.
A wholly uninspired thriller, Kiss the Girls brings nothing fresh to the serial killer genre. Despite a strong cast, the movie feels flat and uninvolving. The 4K UHD comes with good audio but visuals seem inconsistent and the disc lacks bonus materials. Expect a forgettable movie.
To rate this film visit the Blu-Ray review of KISS THE GIRLS