Kingsman: The Golden Circle Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
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Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox – 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 141 minutes
Genre: Action/Comedy/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC @ 1000 NITS
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1, English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Elton John
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Music by: Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson
Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn Based on the comic book “The Secret Service”
Region Code: A

Release Date: December 12, 2017

“Reports of my Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”

My Take:

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. Their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, and in a new adventure, these two elite, secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

Much like its predecessor Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fusion of satire, bloodletting action and cleverly integrated hokum that makes for a stylish, genre bending and mindlessly entertaining film. Director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to refreshingly offbeat takes that push the envelope just far enough to evoke our imaginative playfulness without over extension. The script isn’t all that deep but includes plenty of playful references, and a passable cache of characters, including old and new, that work well within the intended thematic tone.

The action and choreography isn’t quite as fresh, still containing what some may find to be an over-abundance of gratuitous violence, but it works well enough here. The production elements and stunt work are excellent, complimenting the film’s subject matter, while occasionally making for an enriching diversion. At 141 minutes the film runs overlong, struggling to sustain the story, but I didn’t have a serious problem with it. The new members of the cast are sort of hit or miss, mostly miss, if I am being honest, especially Elton John, who simply ruined every scene he was in.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle isn’t as good as the first film, but there’s enough meat on the bone to satisfy fans that enjoy a fair popcorn flick.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

UHD Presentation: 94
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 92
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Ultra HD Blu-ray has finally been released and eager enthusiasts are ready and willing to see what it has to offer. For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 5 Mbps.

For its presentation in Ultra HD Kingsman: The Golden Circle was derived from a 2.8K source, rendered from a 2K DI, and upconverted to 4K.

The film was shot with a specific visual aesthetic in mind and that comes through in both its 1080p and Ultra HD presentations. This isn’t an overtly colorful film, however, there are elements, especially those that take place at Poppy’s Lair, where it shows off the benefits of UHD’s wider color gamut, where colors look absolutely gorgeous. Resolution gets a boost as well, although the differences between the UHD and 1080p renderings are closer than I would have liked. Close-ups tend to be better refined with resolvable texture on surfaces and physical features being clearly evident. The wide-angle shots of Poppy’s “playground”, and the exterior locations in and around the snowy mountains look terrific.

The use of high dynamic range is readily on display, beginning with the opening segment, which takes place at night and features a host of squint inducing effects. Exterior sequences offer a hint of added punch, especially those that take place in the light of day, where the sun reflects off of objects etc. During the large engagement in the finale, things pop quite nicely, as the fiery explosions, flashes of light from weaponry, and richness of color, light up the screen. The dark highlights in the low-lit environs, like the interior of the cabin where Eggsy, Harry, and Whiskey hold up, Poppy’s theater, or the interior of the tent where Eggsy is propositioned by Clara, have appreciable dimension and resolvable detail. Fleshtones are reproduced with a natural and pleasing tonality.

Viewing Kingsman: The Golden Circle in Ultra HD made for an engaging visual experience that makes the most of the film’s elements, making it the go to for UHD fans considering a purchase.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has a very solid 7.1 channel surround mix on Blu-ray, so I wondered if the immersive experience would truly improve upon it. In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the moderately active variety that made steady use of the platform. Its use of audio objects placed above is a mix atmospherics and discrete effects. This is done to very good effect and creates a tangible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events. Audio object placement, from both above, and in the ear level listening plane are put to effective use. The various sounds and atmospherics in add dimension and depth to a host of key sequences littered throughout the film.

The music score is mixed throughout the soundfield adding a notable boost in presence. In comparison, the 7.1 channel mix is noticeably enveloping, but the Atmos mix raises it to the next level. I also noticed that the Atmos presentation added a bit more low frequency punch. This was the case across the board, with even subtle sound effects having more tangibility.

Blu-ray Video:

Video: 96
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Audio: 94
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 29 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.8 Mbps.

This is a sparkling video presentation that delivers exquisite high-level detail and rewarding color reproduction that looks gorgeous in high definition. The video has incredible depth and dimension that is rarely limited by the camera’s perspective. The level of resolution present produces imagery that in many cases has a near infinite visual acuity that draws out the finest details in close ups while enhancing the delineation and textural nuance within objects and backgrounds. Wide angle shots of the geographic locations reveal the varied and rough texture in the surfaces made of stone and wood while the beautifully framed shots of the landscapes look terrific.

Flesh tones exhibit vibrant texture with natural color and slightly warm complexions. Blacks exhibit exemplary dynamic range and appear deep and rich without compromise. Shadow detail is impressive and readily conveys strong dimensionality during the scenes shot in darkened areas and uneven light. Contrast and brightness work in tandem so that dark scenes exhibit good dynamic range and bright scenes are vivid without loss of detail. I saw no signs of video related anomalies or extraneous noise. This is an impressive high definition presentation that looked marvelous on my big screen.

This 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is aggressive and features an active surround mix that has extended dynamic range that positively renders the bombastic nature of the elements in the recording. The action based sequences transform the listening area into a three-dimensional sound field filled via immersive surround activity that mates perfectly with the events unfolding onscreen. Low frequency effects produce deep resonating bass that rumbles with tactile authority. Dialog is reproduced with lucid expression and exacting clarity that imparts just the slightest hint of sibilance in the upper registers. This is an involving and rewarding sound design that sounded great.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: Kingsman: The Golden Circle Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Kingsman: The Golden Circle Blu-ray
    • KINGSMAN: INSIDE THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (Multi-chaptered Documentary)
    o Distilling The Story: Kingsman Returns
    o Trafficker, Tailor, Southerner, Spy
    o Poppy’s Special Guest: Elton John
    o Nefarious Lairs & High-Falutin’ Headquarters
    o Suited And Booted
    o Weapons of Choice
    o Brothers In Arms
    o Doomsday Protocol: Visual Effects
    o End Game
    • Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase
    • Kingsman Archives
    o Concept Art: Sets, Costumes (36 Images)
    o Stills: Behind The Scenes, Sets, Props, The Cast (52 Images)
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the follow-up to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. This installment doesn’t have the freshness, and wink and nod appeal of its predecessor, but it manages to capture enough of its essence to make for a solid companion. It comes to Blu-ray in the Ultra HD Combo Pack from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring excellent overall video quality, entertaining lossless sound, including a complimentary Dolby Atmos immersive mix, and a fan friendly supplemental package. Kingsman: The Golden Circle isn’t as well rounded as Kingsman: The Secret Service but its presentation on Blu-ray adds an enriching element that make it worth considering for a place in your video collection.

Ralph Potts
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JVC DLA-RS500 3D/4K Ready High Definition Front Projector
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Stewart Filmscreen – Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16×9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7704 Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies – 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
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SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
SVS PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
SVS SB-13 Ultra (Piano Gloss finish)
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
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AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems 

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