Bodies Bodies Bodies - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray [Best Buy Exclusive]Overview -
Bodies Bodies Bodies follows a group of young adults who become part of an unsavory situation where their feelings and personalities spiral out of control and people end up dead. It's a fantastic satire on cancel culture in the age of social media that is guaranteed to delight. The video and audio presentations are both great in their Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos forms, and the extras may not be many, but they're quality. Highly Recommended!
When a group of 20-somethings get stuck at a remote family mansion during a hurricane, a party game ends with a dead body on the ground and fingers pointed everywhere. As they try to find the killer among them, fake friends and real enemies have to learn who to trust — and how to survive — in this fresh and funny Gen-Z meltdown starring Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, and Maria Bakalova.
Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take
From our Theatrical Review
The wonderfully titled Bodies Bodies Bodies is an exceptional look at privileged, wealthy youths who are put into a disastrous situation that escalates with each trigger word and minor annoyance with great comedic and horrifying effect. Director Halina Reijn's take on social media culture is the satire everyone needs at this moment as she's conjured up a world where if a Twitter fight happened in real life, what would be the consequences? The results are something special and darkly funny in this new film that film studio A24 is now a part of.
There is never really a rote or dry moment in this rain and blood-soaked thriller as wealthy young friends gather for a weekend party during a hurricane in the middle of nowhere. The amount of wokeness and stupidity in this movie is so thick that one could drizzle it on pancakes for days. Not to say that both those elements go hand-in-hand together, but in the realm of this film and its young characters, they are peas in a pod as toxic people create toxic environments with less than an ounce of fuel for that fire - much like social media. And as Reijn's camera captures these people grappling with their own flaws and others, the film creates its own unique take on the horror genre with hilarious effects.
Bodies Bodies Bodies opens with Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) taking her new girlfriend Bee (Maria Bakalova from Borat 2) to a hurricane party at her friend David's (Pete Davidson) parent's mansion. David's girlfriend Emma (Chase Sui Wonders) and their friends Jordan Myha'la Herrold) and Alice (Rachel Sennott from Shiva Baby) are not exactly excited that Sophie has shown up with her new friend. The only person who seems to be having a great time is Alice's new boyfriend Greg (Lee Pace), who is the Matthew McConaughey of the group and several years older than anyone else.
Everyone settles in for a night of thunderstorms and games, but not the typical fun and friendly game. No, this game that the group plays is sick, twisted, and brutal that consists of hitting each other in the face, shots of alcohol, and a faux murder mystery whodunit in the vein of the board game Clue. Once a real dead body turns up, it's John Carpenter's The Thing all over again as everyone's trust is thrown down the gutter and more dead bodies start piling up.
With their neon glowing bling around their necks as warning signs, each character is hell-bent on being the most woke and the smartest person in their group. They are quick to unfold at the drop of a hat and believe anything anyone says. It even goes so far as these people not owning up to something they just did that everybody witnessed, which is an element so true in the digital age of social media. When Reijn adds in that horror genre, the sky is the limit for absurdity, stupidity, and excitement, which is exactly what Bodies Bodies Bodies bring to the table.
The performances by everyone are exquisite as these actresses and actors pull themselves through the limit of anger and entitlement, which works perfectly in this story. Lee Pace and Pete Davidson are more or less versions of themselves who come across as comedic in nature. Reijn's camera adds those horror tropes from slasher films throughout the film as each character navigates their way to survival. And by the end, which is perhaps the best reveal and ending to a movie in recent memory, it will make everyone want to watch the movie all over again. It's that good.
Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Bodies Bodies Bodies piles it all up on 4K + Blu-ray + Digital Code via A24 and Lionsgate. The two discs are housed inside a hard, black plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The artwork consists of the characters from the film all looking outward. There is an insert for a digital code as well.
Bodies Bodies Bodies comes with a great looking 2160p UHD 4K image with Dolby Vision that upgrades the 1080p HD version with a better color spectrum and more intimate details in the darker sequences.
The color palette utilizes darkness as its ally for the bulk of the film by revealing some neon jewelry and smaller flashlights as main sources of brightness. The beginning of the film brings daylight and the gray skies of an incoming hurricane. The shades of blue of the pool look excellent here that contrast nicely with the variations of green leaves in the trees of the estate. The bolder and more primary colors in the wardrobe brighten up the screen. Inside the mansion, warmer colors prevail with warmer and more pastel colors of yellows, golds, and browns.
The neon necklaces, bracelets, and flashlights come in handy and shine brightly during the blackout, which adds that suspense and cool color palette reminiscent of the '80s. The black levels are inky and rich and allow for the dark hallways and corners to showcase their deep black colors. There are no murky shadows that bleed and the skin tones are all natural. The Dolby Vision enhances the other brighter colors inside the lower-lit scenes with a great volume of neon and flashlight bulbs. It also gives a nice uptick in those blacker moments when all lights go dark.
The detail is sharp and vivid throughout with closeups that bring forth facial scars, makeup blemishes, practical gory effects, wrinkles, individual hairs, pores, freckles, and acne. Textures in the clothing and background objects of the mansion look excellent here too, even in the darker scenes. Wider shots of the mansion and the rain droplets outside are great as well. There is a small bit of noise during some of the heavier, darker sequences, however, it gives that filmic quality to the image that looks wonderful. This 4K version is the definitive way to watch the film.
This release swings away with a Dolby Atmos track that is robust and loud. Sound effects are big when they need to be, including gunshots, lightning, thunder, and hard raindrops.
These noises come with a booming presence inside this spacious mansion. The many droplets of rain falling on different types of surfaces can all be heard well in the surround speakers. This is a dialogue-heavy film, and the voices can be heard over the whole speaker system. The height speakers bring in the nasty weather of the hurricane, but also voices from the second story and even those creepy sounds a big house makes, and it all sounds wonderful and loud.
The low end kicks in with some great bass that has a fantastic rumble and never crosses into that rocky territory. The score and music add to the suspense and frenzied state every character is in, and the dialogue is always clean, clear, and easy to follow. Natural reverb and echoes sound wonderful in the big spacious rooms and basketball court. This is a dynamite Dolby Atmos mix with no audio problems to speak of.
There are not a ton of bonus features here, but the ones that are here are worth the time, including a wonderful commentary track and a funny behind-the-scenes featurette. There are only about 17 minutes of extras, but maybe down the road, there will be a bigger, better, and uncut edition.
- Audio Commentary - Director Halina Reijn delivers a super fun and funny commentary track that discusses the filming process, stories from the set, casting, cancel culture, and more. This is definitely worth a listen.
- Who Wants To Play? Making Bodies Bodies Bodies (HD, 14 Mins.) - This is a great and hilarious featurette that includes interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes looks, and jokes. Pete Davidson is downright comical.
- Deleted Scenes (HD, 3 Mins.) - A couple of short deleted scenes that don't add anything to the overall narrative.
Bodies Bodies Bodies is an exquisite examination of cancel culture and millennials who are put in a sticky situation. It's basically the worst of Twitter in real life unfolding on screen. It's the dark comedy for the ages with the perfect ending. This 4K image with Dolby Vision looks excellent and the Dolby Atmos track sounds amazing. The bonus features are slim, but they're great. Highly Recommended!
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