"KISS KISS BANG BANG" is one of the most underrated films of 2005, and hopefully, film-lovers investing in BLU-RAY for their home theater will finally appreciate the film as it deserves. WARNER BROS. has released the film in HD-DVD and BLU-RAY format. Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer star in this witty, gritty comedy-drama that turns the detective film genre upside down, while still respecting it. It's to Writer-director Shane Black's credit that what could've become crap with studio toiling, was left alone, and emerges as the best work from Black, but arguably the best performances from its stars as well!
One major disappointment with the BLU-RAY version stands out! In comparison to the HD-DVD version, this one appears to have been slightly cropped and it's not excusable!!! While it's not a major difference in picture area compared to the HD-DVD version, BLU-RAY has had enough time to make sure this concern was addressed. Anyone opting to purchase a format wherein the player is noticeably higher priced than its competitor, "HD-DVD" expects to have at least comparable preservation of the correct aspect ratio at a minimum!!! This problem needs to be addressed immediately and for all future "BLU-RAY" releases!
The image quality is outstanding! When comparing the color values, both HD-DVD and BLU-RAY offer exceptionally rich colors. This is an even bigger necessity with a film that's as surprisingly good looking as "KISS KISS BANG BANG". The production design is incredible and well complimented in both formats. However, the "BLU-RAY" version of the film tends to offer slightly richer looking color values than HD-DVD. While both formats offered exceptional detail, the "BLU-RAY" format has the edge with greater depth in several scenes. While the "HD-DVD" version offers a brighter image, the black levels appear better on "BLU-RAY". Again, while both formats compliment this great film, the "BLU-RAY" is the version we'd opt for purchasing.
WARNER BROS. has provided a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix for the BLU-RAY format version. The HD-DVD version offers a DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 mix. While the DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix on BLU-RAY is excellent, offering aggressive surround effects and impressive fidelity, the HD-DVD version provides slightly better range and depth.
WARNER BROS. has carried over the same extras from standard dvd, that it offers on HD-DVD. The audio commentary is spectacular and shouldn't be missed, "after" seeing the film first, of course!