JOHN WICK:CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM Blu-ray Review

After John kills a member of the High Table and all-around snake, Santino D’Antonio, at the New York City Continental, he has been declared excommunicado by its proprietor Winston. There is a $14 million bounty placed on John and it will rise every hour until the contract is fulfilled. John finds that the only way for him to escape this is to meet with someone who supersedes the High Table: The Elder.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM is directed by Chad Stahelski who has helmed every film in the series so far. He has deep roots in stunt work so to make films like this makes sense. Add Keanu Reeves who takes his training very seriously and you have an incredible character. Now, being that this is the third entry in the series, I get that the world that they are building is going to increase in size past the stuff in Italy from the second film. They show a third hotel called The Continental in Morocco that solidifies that wherever there is a hotel named The Continental, it is a safe haven for assassins. Another thing about this being the third is that that action was bound to get bigger. Fight scenes are longer and more graphic so that keeps the fans happy. My only issue is that is somewhat feels forced and it makes the scenes longer. Horse Fu, that’s all I’m saying.

Cast
Keanu Reeves – Jardani Jovanovich/John Wick
Ian McShane – Winston, the manager of the Continental Hotel in New York.
Mark Dacascos – Zero
Laurence Fishburne – the Bowery King
Asia Kate Dillon – the Adjudicator
Halle Berry – Sofia
Lance Reddick – Charon
Saïd Taghmaoui – the Elder
Jerome Flynn – Berrada

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that looks amazing. The coloring is the first thing that hits you in the opening credits and the scene in Times Square. The brilliant purples, blues, and reds pop and makes me think how good this looks in 4k. Detail is also a standout of the textures of fabrics and the little intricacies are nice. Facial lines a clear and shows the age of the cast. Its an excellent transfer.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a Dolby Atmos mix that defaults to a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix depending on the equipment. Atmos is a must when slipping in this world with the bullets crossing the sound field and overhead. The environments are lively with the rain and city noise in the opening scene. Other effects such as echoing and how the sound will carry int hat particular area isn’t overlooked. The dialogue is a clear and prioritized well with the rest of the sound elements.

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

-Parabellum: Legacy of The High Table: This EPK has some cast/crew interviews and plot talk.

-Excommunicado: This discusses the plot point of John being excommunicado.

-Check Your Sights: This is about the action in the film.

-Saddle Up Wick: This is John back in the saddle.

-Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits: This goes over the filming and the set pieces.

-Continental in the Desert: This is about the Moroccan setting in the film.

-Dog Fu: This is about the introduction of Dog Fu.

-House of Transparency: More about the production design.

-Shot by Shot: Editing the film.

-Theatrical Trailer 1

-Theatrical Trailer 2

-John Wick Hex Game Trailer

-Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex

Disc Details
2-Disc Set w/ 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
Digital Copy

Running Time
131 mins

Edition Ratings
Rated R

Region Coding
Region A

Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Audio Mixes
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English
English SDH
French
Spanish

THE BOTTOM LINE:

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 is a worthy entry into the series. It gets the job done of expanding the story and the characters but it is very much a stepping stone into the next film. The acting is well done and the new characters are fitting to the story. The video is perfect and the audio is as well. There is a great list of extras and with some good info. This is an easy buy for fans or those interested in the series.

About the author

MEDIA JOURNALIST | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema old and new. He collects anything from 1:6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles to movies and Steelbooks. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. An avid Batman, The Joker and anything comics junkie, he will also chat it up about pretty much anything. Go ahead and ask...