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Does the Kick-Ass Blu-Ray Kick Ass?

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That’s the question on everyone’s minds: Does the Kick-Ass Blu-Ray kick ass? There’s a reason why “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” hasn’t yet been repealed, or the economy hasn’t fully recovered. Everyone is just preoccupied with this nagging question. The answer: it’s pretty good. Kick ass? Maybe not, but Lionsgate doesn’t want to get ahead of itself.

The Kick-Ass Blu-Ray, which also comes with DVD and digital copy discs, brings to homes the bloody, profane action-comedy on August 3, 2010. Not awesome, but pretty close, Kick-Ass is a blend of humorous dialogue and memorable action sequences that works more often than not.

The movie is about a young man who, one day, decides to become a superhero, despite lacking super powers or other attributes typically associated with such people. He soon becomes an Internet sensation, but gets mistaken for the real thing by a mob boss – whose empire is being torn apart by two other more serious “superheroes” named Big Daddy and Hit Girl.

The Blu-Ray contains a variety of features, most of them widgets that don’t interest me in the least. There’s a “BonusView” mode, iPhone interactivity apps, D-Box Metadata tracks and BD-Live, functionality that no one should be duped into investing much effort into.

As for the real bonus material, however, Kick-Ass serves up the goods. Aside from an audio commentary by director Matthew Vaughn, A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass makes up the meat of the Blu-Ray disc. At just under two hours, the featurette delivers an extremely in-depth look at the making of the movie. This isn’t promotional trash; it’s honest insight into the production. It’s also one of the best making-of featurettes recently produced.

It’s On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass is another insightful featurette that dives into the transfer from comic book to big-screen adaptation. The filmmakers discuss how the studios didn’t want to make Kick-Ass (what, a 12-year old assassin isn’t family friendly material?) and the decisions they made to remain true to the source material as best they could.

The Kick-Ass Blu-Ray doesn’t have a ton of useful features, but the ones it does are excellent. Fan boys don’t need convincing to buy this title, but the bonus features provide plenty of added reason to invest.

For more information about the movie, visit our Kick-Ass movie page.

By Erik Samdahl
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