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4K Ultra HD Review: Gemini Man

January 14, 2020

By John Corrado

Ang Lee’s Gemini Man was one of the more curious big budget films to be released last year, and it’s arriving on 4K Ultra HD this week in a set that also includes a regular Blu-ray of the film.

The film offers the Oscar-winning director a chance to play around with new technologies including higher frame rates and digital de-aging through the story of Henry Brogan (Will Smith), a hitman who confronts a younger clone of himself named Junior, who is played by a de-aged, entirely digital version of Smith.

While Lee shot Gemini Man in 3D at 120 frames per second, the UHD disc presents the film in 2D at 60 FPS, which is the frame rate that I saw it presented at in theatres. This really is the way to watch it if you have the right equipment, with the higher frame rate providing an odd, hyperreal look that is interesting to watch. While the film itself is somewhat mediocre, this is still a mildly entertaining action flick that is mainly worth checking out for its cutting edge visual effects. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The 4K UHD disc also includes a visual effects scene breakdown, which is presented at 60 FPS. The majority of the bonus features, about an hour in total, are housed on the regular Blu-ray disc that is also included in the black case, starting with an alternate opening and two deleted scenes (I Found a Plane for Us and Original Yuri Scene). These are followed by six in-depth featurettes that delve deep into the making of the film and the technologies used to bring it to life.

The Genesis of Gemini Man is a short piece featuring Lee and producer Jerry Bruckheimer talking about the origins of the long-gestating project; Facing Your Younger Self focuses on the characters of Henry and Junior; The Future is Now offers a deep-dive into how the visual effects team at Weta created an entirely digital human character, and allowed Smith to act alongside himself; Setting the Action looks at several of the film’s big set-pieces, including that insane motorcycle chase; Next Level Detail explores the production design of the catacombs used in one of the big fight scenes; and The Vision of Ang Lee talks about the filmmaker’s process and what it’s like to work with him.

While Gemini Man is somewhat more successful as a highlight reel of what is possible through digital effects than it is as an actual movie, and it’s far from Lee’s best work, the film still offers some cool action sequences and the groundbreaking visual effects coupled with the higher frame rate do make it worth a look for curious viewers. I would also recommend watching the bonus features afterwards to get a better sense of how they pulled it all off.

Gemini Man is a Paramount Home Media Distribution release. It’s 117 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: January 14th, 2020

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