|The Frankfurt-Tipp rating - Movie:|
|Original title:||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.|
|Genre:||Action, Comedy, Adventure|
|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Ca. 116 Min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German, English (Dolby Atmos)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (2.40:1) 1080p High Definition|
|Bonus:||Making of, Featurettes|
|Label:||Warner Home Video Germany|
Movie: Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) used to be a particularly cunning crook, who still had a few years in prison ahead of him. But then he was taken out of prison by the CIA to put his skills as an agent under the service of his fatherland. In East Berlin he is supposed to locate the young Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), whose father was apparently kidnapped by a powerful secret organization in order to develop a nuclear explosive device for her. At the last second, the US agent can save the young woman from the Russian secret service, only to learn that from now on he must cooperate with the KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to prevent an escalation of the nuclear conflict. In Rome, the trio is to try to infiltrate the secret organization through Gaby's uncle, find her father and secure his plans for the construction of a nuclear missile. But in order to accomplish this task, the two agents would have to first dismantle their mutual distrust and push aside their oversized ego. And that seems to be an impossible mission…
The agent comedy "Codename U.N.C.L.E." by Guy Ritchie is based on the enormously popular 60s cult series "Solo for O.N.C.E.L.". For over 100 episodes, Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as an unusual duo solved tricky cases for the "United Network Command for Law and Enforcement". In Europe, some of the two-part episodes even made it into cinemas in a special compilation. But the first real movie of the series is now available more than 45 years after the end of the series. Guy Ritchie, who has already successfully breathed new life into "Sherlock Holmes", presents his new edition of the series as a successful mixture of contemporary action comedy and agent film in an atmospheric retro style. The look of the film - from the color mix to the set, the editing and the costumes - perfectly captures the era of the 60s spy thriller, while the action scenes absolutely correspond to the standard one is used to in cinema today.
However, the fact that the film works well is neither solely due to this successful mix, nor to the rather mixed story. Rather, it is the casual joy of the main actors and the resulting harmonious interplay that makes "Codename U.N.C.L.E." an extremely entertaining pleasure. If Solo and Kuryakin want to compete with each other on how outstanding the technologies of their secret services are, then this makes for really good laughs, especially in two scenes. When the casual dandy, excellently played by "Man of Steel" Henry Cavill meets the coarse Russian (wonderful: Armie "Lone Ranger" Hammer), then there is always a lot of potential for an amusing exchange of blows anyway, which the two actors also deliver perfectly. If so much testosterone meets each other, it still needs a good female counterweight. And that's what Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina") offers, who is much more than just the usual pretty accessory.
But also the supporting actors - from Hugh Grant to the wonderfully evil Elizabeth Debicki - know how to convince. With a lot of charm and wit they all save the movie even beyond its flatter moments. Because from a purely dramaturgical point of view, the agents are truly not breaking new ground here. The story isn't only very predictable, it also has a lot of holes in its logic, which you could get a little bit annoyed about if you think about it more carefully. But fortunately the staging and the game are enjoyable enough to nip such thoughts in the bud. Codename U.N.C.L.E. is not a milestone in agent comedy. But if you just want entertaining entertainment with nice pictures, fast-paced action and some good jokes, you'll be well served. And that's why the bottom line is that there is a deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
image + sound: The Blu-ray image is absolutely clean and in most moments has a good to very good overall sharpness, which even in darker scenes hardly reveals any visible quality losses. The warm colours underline the ingenious retro look of the film. All in all a very good overall impression prevails, which the sound can also leave behind.
The Dolby Atmos mix is pleasantly lively even in the quieter moments of history. In the dialogue scenes, the actors' voices are transported out of the speakers in a way that is easy to understand, and a number of sound effects and atmospheric ambient noises ensure that the surround channels also remain in use at all times. All in all there is one more than satisfied: Very good!
Extras: On the Blu-ray there are some nice extras to see. We start with a featurette about the retro look of the film (about 8:34 min.), followed by short documentaries about a "first-class hero" (about 7:13 min.), about the Métisse motorcycles (about 4:49 min.) and about the team of U.N.C.L.E. (about 4:57 min.). And of course Guy Ritchie also gets his own short documentary as a "man with extraordinary talents" (ca. 3:16 min.). In addition there are four "espionage on set" clips (approx. 5:16 min.), which offer a little insight into the work on the set. Interesting features, of which there could have been a bit more.
Fazit: "Codename U.N.C.L.E.", the remake of the 60s cult series "Solo for O.N.C.E.L.". With his reinterpretation of the material Guy Ritchie has created an entertaining agent comedy, that comforts the thin story with convincing actors, a charming retro-look and some good action sequences. The Blu-ray presents the movie in very appealing picture and sound quality and also offers some nice extras, which aren't quite as extensive as hoped for, but which are definitely worth seeing. Altogether the disc deserves a clear: Absolutely recommendable!
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