Movie Review: SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY was produced and directed by Sam Liu from a script by co-producer Alan Burnett. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker. The all-star cast is led by Christian Slater in his DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Deadshot, who heads “Task Force X” alongside Billy Brow as Bronze Tiger, Liam McIntyre as Captain Boomerang, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Killer Frost, Gideon Emery as Copperhead, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn and their “boss,” Vanessa Williams as Amanda Waller.

Villainous forces in the film include C. Thomas Howell as Zoom, Dania Ramirez as Scandal Savage, James Urbaniak as Professor Pyg, Julie Nathanson as Silver Banshee and Jewelee, and Jim Pirri as Vandal Savage & Vertigo. Other voice cast members include Greg Grunberg as Steel Maxum, Dave Fennoy as Blockbuster & Tobias Whale, Cissy Jones as Knockout, Natalie Lander as Darma, Trevor Devall as Punch, Dave Boat as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Matthew Mercer as Savage Gunman.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option.

The master manipulator Amanda Waller assembles Task Force X once again and sends them out on a dangerous new mission to retrieve this powerful mystical object aka the “get of hell free” card. I’m not kidding, that’s what it is! This card looks like a “get out of jail free” card from the Monopoly game but this one has powers that connect it to the afterlife. You have to remember that the team members are all supervillains so some of them are in it for themselves and that includes keeping the elusive prize if they get a chance to get their hands on it. Of course, Waller always has that ace up her sleeve and if any crosses her, she pretty much scratches them off her list – if you know what I mean.

Task Force X isn’t the only team looking for this mystical object because Zoom, Silver Banshee, Professor Pyg and a few other supervillains are also after it and you can bet that these two teams go at it on several different occasions throughout the movie. Both teams end up reaching the finish line only to discover a new twist has been introduced into the mix that makes it nearly impossible to retrieve the mystical object. Oh yeah, there’s another major player that’s ultimately introduced to this difficult mission. What happens is, some of the opposing team members have to work together to get the prize while a few of the others turn face but in the end the mystical object is seized but not everyone survives this deadly mission.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some imaged and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc has a few characters etched on it. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Bottom line is, Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay was another exciting entry into the DCU and I thought it was really cool to see some of the lesser known characters get to have some fun in this latest animated adventure. Deadshot, Boomerang and Harly Quinn are joined by Bronze Tiger, Copperhead and Killer Frost and the same goes for the otehr team. I liked the story and thought all of the voice cast did a really good job with their characters. Sam Lui has delivered an entertaining original movie that’s geared towards a mature audience so make sure you keep the kiddos away from this one. Hell to Pay is ultra-violent and features lots of blood that’s capped off by decapitations, massive punches to the heart, foul language and even a little nudity – so just be warned. The production value is impressive and shows throughout the watch. All in all, I enjoyed this one but it’s nowhere close to being my favorite entry into the DCU. Still, it’s a really fun watch that’s full of exciting action and bad attitudes from beginning to end. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on April 10th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, three “making of”  featurettes, a couple of sneak peeks, two vintage cartoons and a digital copy of the movie.

  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe MovieThe Death of Superman“The Death of Superman” – The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture. (07:06)
  • Outback Rogue: Captain Boomerang (Featurette) – Audiences get a deeper look at this unconventional, yet entertaining villain from Down Under and how he’s evolved from The Flash universe to the Suicide Squad. (05:14)
  • Nice Shot, Floyd! The Greatest Marksman in the DCU (Featurette) – Floyd Lawton, AKA Deadshot, is one of the most popular antiheroes in the DC pantheon. An excellent marksman and assassin, he often brags that he never misses his shot. Take a closer look at this fascinating character. (05:36)
  • The Power of Plot Devices, MacGuffins and Red Herrings (Featurette) – An insightful examination of the power of a good plot device and the important influence it has over story. (10:30)
  • A Sneak Peek at Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (07:48)
  • From the DC Comics Vault: Beware the Batman, Instinct (22:04)
  • From the DC Comics Vault: Young Justice, Terrors (22:39)
  • Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Commentary – The creative filmmaking team of screenwriter/co-producer Alan Burnett and executive producer James Tucker share their thoughts and stories on the characters, themes and development of Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay.
  • Digital HD Copy 

 

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