John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 4K Blu-ray Disc Review

We finalize the franchise this Monday, as recommended by one of our awesome fans Mr. Tony Smith. Do we get the same ole thing on the final installment? How about that 4K Disc quality…does it compete with the first two? Snake yourself down the page to find out! Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.

IMDb Storyline: In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Movie Review:
Yep, yep and yeppers…more of the same gun toting assassins and hand-to-hand combat routines. Surprisingly to me this franchise has continued on…and if I am not mistaken more are in the making. I will say that the choreography of the fighting scenes are stellar, and in this one we get a cool horse montage with some cool action. There is an excruciating knife-to-the-eye scene that was done impeccable. Towards the end we get a long 20 minute glorious finale with bright neon lights and mirrors that was outstanding. It’s the story that makes me cringe. On this one we learn about the “High Table” the mastermind rulers of the assassins, and we get this terribly mis-cast lead woman that irritated me to no end. Yes this is a popcorn movie and you must go with it, but to keep me engaged it must present a decent story and I don’t buy none of the scenarios that are created. John Wick fans will indeed love this movie, but for me it is purely average.

This is all around a fun, fun movie. It starts right where part 2 left off, which is to say John Wick has been excomunicado. Everyone is after him, and he’s looking for a way to survive. The story has a fair amount of twists and turns, and it kept me engaged at all times. That is not to say the story is perfect; at some points it jumped the horse (no pun intended), even for a John Wick movie. The acting is solid, with only one character feeling out of place, and that’s the woman who gets sent from the High Table. No personality, stiff. However, I was happy that Lance Reddick (Charon) was given a bigger part to play. His character is one of my favorites. This film gives us a lot of really cool fight scenes, in which everything can be used as a weapon, from guns and knives to horses. Really good cinematography, with some outstanding scenes and bright colors. Great sound too. It’s good to see that a third part is good, and it can leave me looking forward to a fourth.

4K Disc Quality:
The John Wick series are competently transferred 4K renditions. There are some stand out scenes in this one; vast reddish/orange desert landscapes that are awe-inspiring; plus the battle between mirrors on a high-rise building that really shine with colorful effects. We get zero grain which is always a huge positive for me, and truly a must as the level of detail can sparkle through. Black levels and contrasting are solid but nothing that will make your jaw drop. The Atmos track lacks overhead sounds, and it’s a shame because there’s tons of scenes that could’ve improved on the envelopment. Surrounds are used during the movie and it works well. Thankfully the John Wick theme song isn’t over utilized on this one even though it pops here and there but at a softer tone. This is a solid 4K Blu-ray with tons of extras on the Disc. It is a must own for franchise lovers.

This 4K presentation is impressive. The video is absolutely beautiful: you get the deepest velvety blacks, and color everywhere. The cinematography in the movie helps a lot to show how beautiful 4K quality can look. We see desserts in which the sand has wonderful shades of orange and yellow, beautiful landscapes, and the trademark neon colors. The scene near the end, which happens in a half full of glass, is particularly impressive. We also get specular highlights that look great. As for the sound, I think the Atmos could’ve been used better, but there are scenes, especially with gun shots and shattering glass, that sound great. All the action is immersive, and it helps to get you into the movie. There is absolutely no other way to own the John Wick movies other than 4K.

Breakdown of “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Movie Rating  
BillChete:  5 (Rental) Lady Phantom:  8 (Buy)

4K Blu-ray Disc Grade  
BillChete:  B (Worthy) Lady Phantom:  A (Worthy)

Average 4K Disc Grade

B++