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You want a piece of this? No? Well you best run off then, punk. If you do want a piece of this (and oh is it a bloody, entertaining good time), Matthew Vaughn’s comic book superhero movie “Kick Ass” will be released on Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and Digital Copy on August 3, 2010 from Lionsgate.
Dave Lizewski (Johnson) is an ordinary teenager who goes unnoticed in high school until he takes a chance to “do something” and dons a mask and becomes “Kick-Ass” to fight real-life crime. Bruised and beaten and without any real super powers, he is saved by a father-daughter duo (Cage as “Big Daddy”, Moretz as “Hit-Girl”) who know all the right moves and have a vendetta against a vicious crime-lord, D’Amico (Strong). After a fiery internet storm of publicity for Kick-Ass, D’Amico wants to meet the masked man, and his son (Mintz-Plasse) dons a costume of his own and becomes “Red Mist” to befriend him and get in his father’s good graces. The story comes to a head when D’Amico succeeds in luring the crime-fighters to his home and ass-kicking destruction ensues.
You can read my review full of “Kick Ass” here. Here’s an excerpt:
…Without a doubt, comic book fanboys will love “Kick Ass”, simply because it’s a movie that caters to them in every possible way. The film may have started off with some grand notions about how anyone, even some nerd with glasses could put on a costume and help people, but that quickly gets lost in the exploding bodycount and copious amounts of dead gangsters as Hit Girl and Big Daddy enter the fray.
Suffice to say, I dug the movie, and pretty much every moviegoer who is, or has ever read a comic book did, too. The R-rating is definitely warranted, and Hit-Girl easily rules the film. “Kick Ass 2: The Rise of Hit Girl”, anyone?
Blu-ray Combo Pack Review:
The Combo Pack comes with three discs, the first two featuring the movie in Blu-ray and standard DVD format, while the third contains a digital copy of the film.
Ass-Kicking Bonus View Mode (Blu-ray Disc Exclusive)
Watch the movie with director Matthew Vaughn sitting on a couch “guiding” you through it. The movie itself plays in real-time in a small box at the bottom of the screen (you best have a big TV for this, is all I’ll say), while the primary screen shows Vaughn and other members of the cast and crew talking about the making of the film. My favorite parts are the “how we shot the scene” background stuff, which shows the making-of of certain scenes while the completed scene itself plays in the box. Very cool, inside-the-movie look.
“A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of Kick-Ass “ documentary (Blu-ray Disc Exclusive)
1 hour 53 mins. A full-length documentary made up of four featurettes on the making of the movie. This thing is massive. Good luck trying to finish it in one sitting.
“It’s On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass” featurette
20 mins. A look at the background and history of the comic book. Go ahead, try to see if you can understand half of the things “Kick Ass” writer Mark Millar says on the first try. I dare you. Great stuff if you’re a comic book fan and always wanted to see how comic books came to be in your grubby little hands.
Additional Special Features
– A feature-length audio commentary with writer/director Matthew Vaughn, which is basically the same audio track from the “Ass-Kicking Bonus View Mode” feature only available on the Blu-ray. Ol Matt is a good director, but he’s not exactly stimulating dinner company.
– “The Art of Kick-Ass” art gallery, which is exactly what it sounds like, and features a ton of visual goodies from the movie.