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4K Ultra HD Review: Birds of Prey

June 9, 2020

By John Corrado

Last month, director Cathy Yan’s action comedy Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) was released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The latest entry into the DC Extended Universe, the film mainly serves as a fun showcase for Margot Robbie’s gleefully unhinged portrayal of Harley Quinn.

Robbie is joined by a fine supporting cast that brings the rest of the titular girl group to life, but this really is her show, with her colourful portrayal of Quinn bursting off the screen. The film itself is fast-paced and quite entertaining to watch, unfolding through a clever fractured narrative and featuring some very well choreographed fight scenes set to music. My full review of Birds of Prey, which you can tell I enjoyed, can be found right here.

The 4K set comes with a regular Blu-ray disc that includes a variety of bonus features, starting with Birds Eye View Mode, which lets you watch the film with picture-in-picture trivia, interviews, and behind the scenes footage. This is followed by six featurettes, which add up to about forty minutes of material in total. First up is Birds of Prey: Birds of a Feather, which offers a general look at the film’s production, from Christina Hodson’s screenplay, to Robbie’s involvement and Matthew Libatique’s cinematography.

The other five are Romanesque, which focuses specifically on Ewan McGregor’s villain Roman Sionis; A Love, Skate Relationship, which focuses on Harley’s rollerskating in the film; Grime and Crime, which looks at the work of production designer K.K. Barrett; Sanity is Sooo Last Season, featuring costume designer Erin Benach talking about the outfits the characters wear in the film and how she chose their specific looks; and Wild Nerds, which offers an overview of the film’s visual effects. Finally, the disc has a two minute gag reel.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release. It’s 109 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: May 12th, 2020

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