IAR Blu-ray Preview: Lucy

Monday, 19 January 2015 12:18 Written by  iamrogue
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IAR Blu-ray Preview: Lucy

Lucy tears onto Blu-ray this Tuesday, and it's as close as you'll ever come to hanging out with Scarlett Johansson, action goddess.

In Lucy, Johansson stars a woman who unleashes the full potential of her mind, as well as a whole bunch of physical abilities that would shame even the Hulk.

She starts out as a party girl in Taipei, an innocent woman whose scumbag boyfriend traps her into a drug mule mission: pretty soon Lucy has a sack of CPH4 sewn into her stomach.  When the experimental drug starts leaking into her system, though, Lucy becomes an unstoppable one-woman wrecking machine, decimating the a-holes who were exploiting her while peeking at cosmic secrets, entirely new realms of human perception, and unfathomable power.

Since this is the latest from writer-director Luc Besson, showstopping action is guaranteed, from a breakneck Parisian car chase to psychic mind-battling. 

After all, as a director Besson's responsible for modern classics like Leon: The Professional and the wonderfully weird The Fifth Element.  As a producer and/or writer, he's built a European action empire on the Taken and Transporter franchises.

Because it's a Besson movie, there's plenty of automatic weapons fire and stock henchmen.  Unlike La Femme Nikita, Lucy quickly zips past wielding guns and is soon exerting godlike control over the physical and unseen world around her, even putting Neo to shame in the stopping-bullets-with-your-mind department.  Even with all that onscreen ammo, Johansson still gets backup from a supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman (The Lego Movie), Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies), and Mink-Sik Choi (Oldboy).

A consummate visual stylist, Besson renders his wildly implausible science fiction concepts with verve.  The Blu-ray presentation of Lucy doesn't disappoint, presenting Besson's 2.40:1 widescreen frame in a 1080p/AVC-encoded picture that's slicker than snot on a doorknob.  Colors pop with lushness and high-velocity setpieces are rendered with detail and clarity. 

Parise for the presentation extends to the insistently thump-thump-thumping soundtrack, which will give your subwoofer a workout thanks to a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound mix.

The two-disc Blu-ray is accompanied by a DVD copy as well as an UltraViolet HD digital copy allowing savvy consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide variety of devices including computers,  tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs, and, of course, Blu-ray players.

And, like any proper summer blockbuster, Lucy comes fully loaded with special features, special features like "The Evolution of Lucy," a making-of documentary that goes behind the scenes of the breakout hit, mixing footage from the set and insights from the filmmakers.

There's also "Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy," a featurette that strains credulity in the best, most entertaining way by taking Lucy's most-people-use-10%-of-their-brains premise seriously.

Prepare your brain for a high-impact trip beyond the realm of human experience riding shotgun with Scarlett Johansson as an ordinary woman turned transcendent ass-kicker.  Lucy hits Blu-ray on Tuesday, January 20th.

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