‘Copshop’ Blu-Ray Review – Gerard Butler And Frank Grillo Serve Up One Of The Year’s Best Action Films

Screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo; The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler; Greenland, Angel Has Fallen): He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder; The Tomorrow War, Harriet) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss; “Halt and Catch Fire”, Rescue Dawn) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job and escape the explosive situation. 

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Video Quality

Copshop arrives on Blu-Ray courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment with a stellar AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1. The film has a natural color palette that expertly showcases the crimson blood that coats many surfaces within the story. There are not that many chances for vibrant colors to pop off the screen, but the brighter elements stand out when they arise. Skin tones appear very natural across the entire cast with even the most minor facial details on display. The level of detail in this presentation remains as strong as ever, as all of the subtle aspects of the costumes and production design are razor sharp. Black levels are appropriately deep and give way to a nice amount of detail in shadows. The bright whites do not fall victim to any blooming in this presentation. There are no egregious instances of aliasing or compression artifacts detectable here. This Blu-Ray is simply gorgeous as Universal continues its steady work releasing quality transfers. 

Audio Quality

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is extremely engaging, and it never fails to deliver something truly unbelievable. The soundscape on display here is very rich with a nuanced design from beginning to end. This film is a full-throttle action-survival film with moments where nearly every sequence packs a bigger punch than you might imagine. The numerous instances of intense gunfire in the film packs a punch that will shake you to the core. The soundtrack and score hits really hard without being too overwhelming to the competing elements. Dialogue comes through crystal clear with none of the information feeling lost to the music in the film or the sound effects. All of the effects have a nice sense of direction within the mix with noises such as a water sprinkler really springing to life. The movie uses environmental sounds to great effect, and the track retains strong detail even in the more chaotic developments. The track is a powerhouse from start to finish. 

Special Features

There are no special features included on this disc. 

Final Thoughts

Copshop is an insanely fun action film that perfectly doles out its thrilling turns and carnage at a steady pace. The performances from the two main leads are a lot of fun, but Alexis Louder proves to be the unexpected MVP of the main trio. For pure unhinged joy, you cannot beat the presence of Toby Huss who elevates the experience to the level of a future cult classic. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has released a Blu-Ray with a top-notch A/V presentation but no special features at all. If you are in the market for one of the great action films of the year, look no further. Recommended 

Copshop is currently available to purchase on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital. 

Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the Blu-Ray.

Disclaimer: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has supplied a copy of this disc free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.


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