Johnny English Reborn

Featured In Issue 165, March 2012

WSR Score3.5
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Oliver Parker
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In Johnny English Reborn, Johnny English (Atkinson)—also known as Agent MI7—has all but vanished from the Secret Service and is now on sabbatical, honing his skills at an isolated Asian temple. However, when his agency learns that a Chinese dignitary is in grave danger, Johnny must return reborn and ready for action. With just one shot at redemption, he will use (or misuse) the latest hi-tech gadgets and every trick in his playbook to protect us all. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Oliver Parker and Screenwriter Hamish McColl; 17 deleted/extended scenes with introductions by Parker (HD 39:26); five featurettes: The English Files, (HD 25:04), English In Hong Kong (HD 05:03), The Wheelchair Chase (HD 05:26), Working With Rowan (HD 03:55), and Gadgets (HD 03;16)); a gag reel (HD 02:29); D-BOX® Motion Code™; BD-Live functionality; a pocket BLU app; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p VC-1 picture is vibrant throughout, with a strong color palette and well-balanced contrast, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are spot on in terms of natural tone. Hues are naturally rendered with non-exaggerated tones. Resolution is revealing of fine detail in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture; especially during close-ups. Clarity is excellent. Dimensionality also is quite good. This is a brightly rendered picture that is pleasing throughout, though, at times the white and black levels are slightly pushed. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is driven by an energetic and busy orchestral music score that immerses the soundfield with an aggressive surround presence. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively delivered, with at times, deep, energized .1 LFE bass. Dialogue is intelligible and generally well integrated spatially. The D-BOX Motion Code is generally reserved but effectively supportive without drawing attention. This is a fun soundtrack that sounds dynamic, expansive, and immersive. (Gary Reber)