For those who like their Bond pastiche distinctly shaken and stirred, they may look no further than director Matthew Vaughn’s second Kingsman installment. Following its late summer theatrical release, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the December 12th arrival of Kingsman: The Golden Circle on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.
Picking up from 2014’s delightfully insane first outing The Secret Service, ghetto-boy-made-good Eggsy (Taron Egerton) finds himself now pitted against wicked Cambodia-lurking drugs baroness Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore). After a savage strike on the Savile Row tailor-fronted Kingsman intelligence agency, it elicits the support of its American counterpart “Statesman”, a bourbon distillery operating in similarly covert mode and headed up by Champ (Jeff Bridges), to help thwart the despicable plans of Poppy’s Golden Circle narcotics empire.
If you find yourself mourning the passing of James Bond’s political incorrectness, smuttiness, guilt immunity and coldblooded violence, Kingsman: The Golden Circle delivers in spades, and you needn’t apologise for briefly or unexpectedly shuffling your loyalties away from the Sam Mendes-directed franchise. Like predecessors The Secret Service and Kick-Ass (2010) – and in the opinion of this writer – this is schoolboy-sniggering, offensive entertainment at its best.
Added brand new bonus content on the UHD and Blu-ray versions include a multi-chaptered documentary “Inside the Golden Circle” and “Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase” (also available on the DVD), the latter presumably a breakdown of the camera-whirling joust between Eggsy (Egerton) and robotic armed opponent (Edward Holcroft). All versions include the “Kingsman Archives”, a set of concept art images and behind-the-scenes stills.
All editions also preserve the 2.39:1-lensed original aspect ratio, and the 4K UHD release includes Dolby Atmos immersive audio, while the 1080p Blu-ray platter maxes out with DTS-HD-MA 7.1.