Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Featured In Issue 111, August 2006

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Harry Lockhart (Downey) is a detective...oh, wait...back up. Harry is a crook turned actor who thinks he just landed the part of a detective in a movie. He makes the acquantance of private eye, Gay Perry (Kilmer), while studying for the role...and finds himself falling head-over-heels in love with his high school crush (now aspiring-actress), Harmony (Monaghan). Harmony thinks Harry's a detective, and needs him to be one when her sister is murdered...but that only makes things more complicated and humorous in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Based on the book "Bodies Are Where You Find Them" by Brett Halliday. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features include audio commentary by actors Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. and director Shane Black, a gag reel, and the theatrical trailer.

Once again, Warner has released a very nicely rendered high-definition HD DVD picture (framed at 2.38:1). The picture is smooth and clean, with a generally high average bit rate and little in the way of bothersome pixelization. Sharpness, detail, and definition are very nicely rendered throughout, with excellent shadow delineation and contrast. Colors are rich and warm, with vibrant hues, well-balanced fleshtones, and deep blacks. There is often a stylized warm glow to the picture. There are no obtrusive VC-1 compression artifacts to detract from the high-definition picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack can be exciting, with a good mix and well-recorded dialogue. The benefits of the Dolby Digital Plus codec is not immediately recognizable, but there is a slight increase in overall fidelity. Each channel can be used well, although the surrounds are often played back at levels much lower than the front channels. The LFE channel is used when needed, and can be system-threatening when listening at reference level. The soundtrack is good, but not one of the best encodings of these early HD DVD releases. (Danny Richelieu)