Movie title: John Wick 1-3 Stash Book Collection (2014-2019)
Director(s): Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Actor(s): Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Tobias Segal, Bridget Moynahan
Genre: Action, Thriller, Martial arts, Crime
With John Wick: Chapter 4 hitting screens soon, Lionsgate has released the John Wick Chapter 1-3 Stash Book Collection, a collection of SteelBooks available exclusively at Best Buy. The first three Wick films are housed in a box resembling John’s “stash book” from the third film. Each SteelBook contains a 4K disc and a Blu-ray disc. The transfers (both 4K and Blu-ray) have been previously released. All the extras from past releases have been ported over. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are included. Redeemable digital copies are available as well. If you haven’t purchased the previous 4K releases, this is a beautiful set that will look good on any shelf.
Released in 2014, John Wick concerns the title character (Keanu Reeves), a retired hitman who unretires after a group of Russian gangsters break into his home and kill a beagle puppy his late wife had given him and steals his car. Determined to get revenge, Wick returns to his life in the criminal underworld. After getting revenge, can he ever really return to retirement?
Released in 2017, John Wick: Chapter 2 finds our hero receiving a visit from Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) who asks that his sister be assassinated so his brother can have a seat at the table with other mafia heads. When John refuses, despite having made a blood oath years before, D’Antonio has Wick’s home destroyed. Understanding that saying no will cost him his life, John Wick accepts the assignment.
Better than the first film, John Wick: Chapter 2 reunites Keanu Reeves with his co-star from The Matrix films, Laurence Fishbourne and contains memorable action scenes from beginning to end.
For me, John Wick 3: Parabellum is the weakest of the films, it has nothing unique and instead rehashes previous events. The plot is barebones and predictable. John is running around New York City killing the assassins who want the $14 million dollar bounty on his head. Undeniably action packed, I found myself bored after the first hour or so. Eventually, there’s got to be more to a film than fighting.
Let’s hope John Wick: Chapter 4 offers a bit more of a plot, along with expected high-octane action.
Below is a breakdown of the included extras:
- Audio Commentary by Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch
- Don’t F*#% with John Wick
- Calling in the Cavalry
- Destiny of a Collective
- Assassin’s Code
- Red Circle
- NYC Noir
- Theatrical Trailer
John Wick: Chapter 2
- Audio Commentary by Keanu Reeves and Director Chad Stahelski
- Deleted Scenes
- RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick
- Training John Wick
- Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership
- As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick
- Car Fu Ride-Along
- Chamber Check: Evolution of a Fight Scene
- Wick’s Toolbox
- Kill Count
- Theatrical Trailer
- Dog Wick Short
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
- Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table
- 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 Game Trailer
- Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex