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Simon West
Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurylenko, Mark Valley
Writing Credits:
Mark Haskell Smith, Toby Davies

An aging rock star's wife is kidnapped while vacationing in Chile.

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 92 min.
Price: $21.99
Release Date: 11/7/2017

• “The Rock Star, The Pirate and the Cast of Gun Shy” Featurette
• Music Montage
• Previews


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Gun Shy [Blu-Ray] (2017)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (November 2, 2017)

Usually cast as a tough guy, Antonio Banderas leads a comedy-action hybrid via 2017’s Gun Shy. Aging rocker Turk Henry (Banderas) vacations in Chile with his wife Sheila (Olga Kurylenko).

This trip gets interrupted when some local pirates kidnap Sheila. Despite his utter inability to do anything other than rock out, Turk attempts to rescue his wife.

All that leads to the potential for a mix of Spinal Tap and Taken. With veteran director Simon West at the reins, I thought Gun Shy might turn into a fun adventure.

Nope. Nope. God nope!

Instead, Gun Shy acts as an incoherent melange of pathetic stabs at laughs combined with occasional spurts of violence. Best known for action films like Con Air, West accentuates the comedy, and that doesn’t work at all.

It doesn’t help that Shy comes with a bizarre sense of humor. In one scene, a tourist accidentally shoots his wife in the head – and I guess this intends to amuse us.

Seriously? I get that the film paints the tourists in question as awful people, but I still find it tough to chortle when one of them dies a violent death.

Shy tries to entertain with its spoof of 80s rock, but those moments don’t work either. Honestly, the film shows no actual understanding of the genre, so it tosses out jokes that don’t connect in a substantial way.

The same goes for Banderas’s terrible performance as our lead. Banderas plays Turk as a mix between Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osborne, all funneled through the wacky sensibility of a Telemundo comedy show.

Ugh. Banderas boasts comedic talent, but not in this context – he overacts so relentlessly that he provides a constant annoyance.

All of this leads to a long 92 minutes. Not one moment of Gun Shy entertains, and most of it simply makes me feel embarrassed for everyone involved.

Footnote: a music video and additional scenes appear during the end credits.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus D

Gun Shy appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong visual presentation.

Overall sharpness worked well. A few interiors seemed a little soft, but those remained the exception to the rule. The image lacked signed of moiré effects or jaggies, and neither edge haloes nor print flaws marred the image.

To the surprise of no one, the palette favored orange and teal. The hues seemed well-rendered for the film’s visual intentions.

Blacks offered good depth and richness, while shadows seemed smooth. Low-light shots presented accurate visuals with just the right touch of opacity. The transfer looked very good.

Given the movie’s action orientation, I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack seemed a little low-key. Still, it kicked to life at times, mainly during the occasional action scenes. These added good movement around the room, but they didn’t appear often enough to make a huge impact.

Otherwise, the soundscape focused on music and general atmosphere. Those elements used the speakers in a satisfying manner, even if they didn’t bring out a lot of pizzazz.

Audio quality worked fine. Music appeared full and warm, while speech seemed natural and concise.

Effects provided accurate material with good low-end kick at times. Nothing here excelled, but the soundtrack became more than acceptable.

The Rock Star, The Pirate and the Cast of Gun Shy goes for eight minutes, 49 seconds and provides comments from director Simon West and actors Antonio Banderas, Martin Dingle Wall, Mark Valley, Olga Kurylenko and Ben Cura. “Pirate” looks at story/characters as well as cast and performances. It provides little more than promotional goop.

We also get a music montage. Set to the song “Just Who Can I Be”, this shows movie clips. It’s forgettable.

The disc opens with ads for War On Everyone, Skiptrace, Black Butterfly and The Hitman’s Bodyguard. No trailer for Gun Shy appears here.

A mix of action and comedy, Gun Shy flops in both regards. Idiotic, overacted and utterly devoid of entertainment value, the film goes nowhere. The Blu-ray offers pretty good picture and audio but it lacks substantial supplements. Nothing about this movie succeeds.

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