Suicide Squad 4K (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.96 2.40:1 Dolby Atmos WARNER BROS
 

The massively hyped "SUICIDE SQUAD" has been released on 4K by Warner Bros, featuring the theatrical as well as an extended version. While this reviewer was eagerly awaiting this release, having wanted to give it another chance after being disappointed at its 3D theatrical presentation, even the 4K treatment can't rescue this mess.

A government agency, led by Viola Davis, offers a variety of super-villains an attempt at redemption by collaborating with each-other to rescue the world from an even bigger threat. While the film's first 30 minutes or so offers some optimism as to where the film will go with a variety of vignettes giving the history of the individual villains, some of these work far better than others. The back-story to Harley Quinn and her relationship with the Joker is alternately engaging, weird and disappointing, and "that's" the best of the back-stories offered!

The back-story to Colonel Rick Flag and his affair with June Moon, whose body is taken over by Enchantress and fills perhaps the biggest "hook" to the sprawling, confusing screenplay, comes across as utterly silly and puts a halt to anything else in the film's narrative from echoing a semblance of realism. This is just one stark difference in contrasting why "Suicide Squad" fails and the "X-Men" films succeed.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is appropriately attractive but her quips and the choreography built around upping the titillation to her scenes fail to offer more than momentary gratification and remind the viewer of how empty the film is.

Will Smith's Deadshot offers nothing of note, but at least as unoriginal as his story is, it's still less annoying than the back-story to El Diablo and others of the "Squad."  While the individuals characters never offer truly engaging moments, they're never lost to a bigger plot. The narrative, from beginning to drawn out climax, continuously sputters. Writer/Director David Ayer has revealed great talent at writing and directing in the past, but "SUICIDE SQUAD" is an unmitigated failure on virtually every level.

WARNER BROS has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 4K UltraHD Blu-Ray release. Upconverted to 4K from a 2K DI, the HDR offered no discernible improvement over the blu-ray in resolution! There are plenty of darker night scenes in "SUICIDE SQUAD," and while these moments were excessively dark on blu-ray, on 4K they're just obnoxious with a gauze filtered look. Color levels to the film vary greatly in any given scene as much of the film is almost monochromatic. The 4K treatment is also a disappointment because care was obviously given to the standard blu-ray transfer that's not obvious on 4K.

Grain could've been a problem on blu-ray but isn't. Contrast shouldn't be a problem with 4K but it is! Color control is discernibly better on blu-ray than this 4K release.

Only the theatrical version is offered on 4K. A slightly extended(better looking) version is offered on the blu-ray provided.

The Dolby Atmos mix is sensational! Taking advantage of the overhead channels, gunfire/explosions are used to heighten the tension in scene after scene. While there are plenty of discrete effects, the music is the high-lighted star of this mix and the variety of tunes are well handled and mixed, perfectly balanced within layers of effects, deep bass and dialogue, without anything being lost. It's a great mix!

The featurettes offered are presented in full 1080p and most are well recommended. Several trailers are offered as well.