John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Blu-ray Review

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (also known as John Wick: Chapter 3 or simply John Wick 3) is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film starring Keanu Reeves as the titular character. It is the third installment in the John Wick film series, following 2014’s John Wick and 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2. The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, and is based on a story by Kolstad. It also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane. In the film, which takes place one hour after the events of the previous film, ex-hitman John Wick finds himself on the run from legions of assassins after a $14 million contract is put out on his head due to his recent actions.

The third installment was announced in June 2017. Much of the returning cast and crew were confirmed in February 2018, with new members joining that May. Filming began that month and lasted through November, taking place in New York City, Montreal, and Morocco.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was theatrically released in the United States on May 17, 2019, by Summit Entertainment. It has grossed $321 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of the franchise in just 10 days, and received positive reviews from critics, with praise for the action sequences, visual style, and Reeves’ performance. A sequel, John Wick: Chapter 4, is currently in development, and is set to be released on May 21, 2021.

The Film Itself (5/5):

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a movie that myself and many others have been eagerly awaiting as we wait to see the continuation of the overall seeping badassery that Keanu exudes.  The story of this film doesn’t necessarily answer a ton of questions about Wick’s backstory; but, it does a pretty damn good job at creating the foundation for the obvious fourth chapter that’s in development.  The performances of everyone involved were great, and this film definitely left my wife and I both really looking forward to the events that’s going to be happening in the next film.

Picture Quality (5/5):

Presented in a 2.40:1 1080p presentation courtesy of Lionsgate Films, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum gives audiences a insanely stunning visual presentation as it was recorded as being filmed with a variety of Arri Alexa cameras.  With the majority of the film presenting darker scenery, the accompanying shadowy details of the film perfectly represented the overall unexpected shit kicking that graces the screen.  The brighter sequences, mostly with their vivid scenery, really shined as we watched along on our living room television; and overall, everything was crisp, clean, and easily able to see everything without the need to add any extra focus.

Audio Quality (5/5):

Packaged with an English Dolby Atmos audio track, the Blu-ray release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum packs one hell of an immersive audio experience.  With copious amounts of high energy, and downward panning sound effect, the movie does a phenomenal job at establishing its stage presence, and versatility of design.  The inner-city scenes provide a really great sense of immersion as the ambient audio elements ripped through my surround and elevation speakers.  The speech is spoken cleanly, and the characters were able to be heard and understood without the need to adjust the volume level throughout.

The Packaging (3/5):

The Blu-ray release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum comes packaged in the standard two-disc Blu-ray amaray case.  In that case, the Blu-ray and DVD copies of the film, both discs featuring Keanu in the same pose that he’s in on the case art.  There is a digital copy redemption pamphlet for the various streaming options as well as a slipcover that’s been included in the first run of the release that features the same artwork that’s available on the case.

Special Features (3/5):

There are a number of special features included on the Blu-ray release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.  The content that’s been featured offers a really decent look at some of the video and audio work that went into making this movie, and the overall amount of engineering from within.  There’s a small bit of aspirations for where the cast and crew would like to see things going in the upcoming fourth chapter, but I would’ve liked to have seen more supplemental content centering around the story; but, I digress.  Included with this release is:

  • Parabellum: Legacy of The High Table
  • Excommunicado
  • Check Your Sights
  • Saddle Up Wick
  • Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits
  • Continental in the Desert
  • Dog Fu
  • House of Transparency
  • Shot by Shot
  • Theatrical Trailer 1
  • Theatrical Trailer 2
  • John Wick Hex Video Game Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex

Technical Specs:

Video

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Audio

English: Dolby Atmos

English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles

English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Runtime

Original Film: 131 Minutes

Final Thoughts:

Overall, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was a significant improvement over the earlier counterpart.  Stepping up the action sequences, offering a little bit more depth to the character and storyline, my wife and I really enjoyed this one and are eagerly waiting to see what happens in the fourth film.  The video and audio presentation of the Blu-ray release were exceptional, so I can only imagine how good this movie looks on 4K UHD.  If you’re considering this release for your collection, I would without a doubt recommend it — especially if you’ve been collecting the films of the franchise.  John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD today.

Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.