Movie Review: TRANSPORTER 3 (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

TRANSPORTER 3 was directed by Olivier Megaton and stars Jason Statham, Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand, Jeroen Krabbé and Robert Knepper. The movie is based on characters created by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.

Jason Statham is back as Frank Martin, the Transporter, in this explosive third installment of the action-adventure series. This time, Frank is presented an offer he can’t refuse and ends up with a mysterious passenger and a dangerous destination — calling for a new machine and new rules. The stakes are bigger, the enemy is deadlier, and the action has never been hotter.

The sharp dressed courier, Frank Martin (Jason Statham), is back and this time he gets caught in the middle of the kidnapping of a beautiful woman named Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) who’s the daughter of a powerful Ukrainian official. This Ukranian big wig finds himself being threatened by Ecocorp boss Johnson (Robert Knepper) who’s kidnapped his daughter to force him into a sinister agreement that deals with toxic waste. You gotta loath those greedy corporations because that’s what it’s all about this time and this is how Frank gets dragged into the deadly situation.

There’s some high-tech bracelets that get placed on their wrists and if Frank and Valentina venture too far off the mission those bracelets will explode, so this time Frank finds himself in unfamiliar territory and a little helpless for a while. It also doesn’t help the situation because Valentina can be a little difficult at times. The relationship between the courier and his latest exotic package grows as the movie plays out and there’s even some romance that ignites between the two. What happens is, Frank slowly comes up with a plan to counter this situation that Johnson dragged him in while he’s taking on several packs of goons. In the end, Frank saves Valentina and himself from certain doom plus he even gets a little assistance from his old friend Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) who’s turned into more of a father figure to him.

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 images and list of special features. The UHD disc and Blu-ray disc both feature some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast. The release also features Dolby Atmos audio mixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Bottom line is, Transporter 3 is the third and final chapter in Statham’s action-packed saga that really solidified him as a big screen action star and I enjoyed revisiting this adrenaline-fueled movie. T3 is the weakest of the series probably because there’s not enough of fighting for Statham but there are a few well choreographed stunts that feature the best dressed tough guy and his trademark car. In my opinion, The Transporter trilogy fits in with other exciting franchises like James Bond, Mission: Impossible and Jack Ryan because there are certain similarities between all of them. This third and final chapter deals with the kidnapping of a beautiful woman that puts the main character in an awkward predicament because he has to break his own rules to save the day. Statham makes a super fly hero as Frank Martin who is cool, calm and collected in even the deadliest of situations but he always finds a way to get out of it and this movie is no different. T3 is the weakest of the Statham trilogy (it’s better than the reboot and television series) but it’s still a fun action movie. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Transporter 3 will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on August 7th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Format: Dolby Vision 2160P Ultra High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos / French Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras have been imported over from previous home video releases. The bonus content includes some audio commentary, four featurettes, storyboard comparison, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Olivier Megaton
  • “Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World” Featurette  (13:49)
  • “Making of Transporter 3” Featurette (16:16)
  • Storyboards (02:47)
  • Visual Effects (02:33)
  • The Sets (02:10)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:04)

 

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