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'Logan Lucky' 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review: 'Ocean's Eleven' meets 'The Dukes of Hazard'

December 5, 2017Ben MK

A heist movie with a Southern twist, Logan Lucky finds Boone County, West Virginia boy Jimmy Logan (Tatum) down on his luck. Once a promising high school athlete, he's now a divorced dad who works in construction to pay the bills, while his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) enjoys the high life with her new husband. But when a "preexisting" leg injury causes him to be fired from his job repairing sink holes under the Charlotte Motor Speedway, he falls back on his old criminal habits, hatching a plan to liberate the cash from the stadium's highly secure, underground vault.

To do so, however, he'll need a little help, which is where his bartender brother, Clyde (Adam Driver), and hairdresser sister, Mellie (Riley Keough), come in. A war veteran who left an arm behind in Iraq just as he was about to return home from his second tour of duty, Clyde is the first person to admit to the existence of a family curse. Nonetheless, he concedes to joining the crew, and together they set out to put Jimmy's plan into motion, enlisting the skills of incarcerated bomb expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) and his two brothers (Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson).

And what a plan it is. If director Steven Soderbergh set a new high-water mark for the genre with Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, then he and screenwriter Rebecca Blunt have raised the bar yet again. Watching the various pieces of Jimmy's scheme steadily fall into place proves not only exhilarating, but downright entertaining as well, and the pair even manage to squeeze in a timely reference to everyone's favorite obsession — Game of Thrones — during a hilarious exchange between rioting prison inmates and their beleaguered warden (Dwight Yoakam).

Of course, it'd be criminal to overlook Craig's performance. Trading his sophisticated English accent for a twangy, rough-around-the-edges demeanor and a platinum blond buzz cut, the once and future 007 uses his character's disdain for sodium substitutes and talent for improvising explosives using bleach pens and gummy bears to bring Logan Lucky to life from his very first scene. Suffice to say, Craig's turn here is the movie's not-so-secret weapon, even overshadowing the one-two punch of Tatum's down-home charm and Driver's deadpan comedic timing.

Logan Lucky looks fantastic on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and you can chalk that up to more than just luck. This 2160p transfer delivers consistently razor-sharp image detail throughout, and the punchy HDR color palette delivers bold and vibrant hues, especially anytime a NASCAR car plastered in colorful decals races across the screen. And even though there is no Dolby Atmos sound mix to be found on this disc, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that is provided is far from objectionable, coming to life with the sweet Southern sounds of John Denver and Creedence Clearwater Revival, not to mention the revving of V8 engines and the chaos of a premeditated prison riot.

Entertainment One's two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release includes a Blu-ray copy of the film, an iTunes digital copy and the following extra:

  • Deleted Scenes (3:53) - Two scenes ("Pro/Con" and "Tap Dancing").

Logan Lucky is available from Entertainment One as of November 28th, 2017. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray features English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, English DTS 2.0 for Low-Level Listening and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Plus Descriptive Audio tracks. The film is presented with English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles. The total runtime is 1 hr. 58 min.

* Reviewer's note: Portions of this Blu-ray review were adapted from my original review of the theatrical release, published on August 17th, 2017.

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