Magic Mike (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

May 16, 2024 8 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

My wife must not know what to think of me. I mean really, her husband has been looking forward to a movie about male strippers!  Male strippers!  All kidding aside, I really am a fan of pretty much anything Stephen Soderbergh puts out.  Even his lesser-known films have intrigued me.  So when I saw the previews for Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum (whose been in just about every movie in the last two years), I really didn’t know what to think.  Stephen Soderbergh, who has given us films like Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven and Out of Sight is now tackling a project with male strippers as the main plot point?  Ok, now this I’ve got to see.  After reading Roger Ebert’s review of the film, he did have several valid points (as he usually does), but one that resonated with me was this “…I imagine that any profession where you’re paid in cash to have others touch your genitals is, at the very least, demeaning…”  Is the life of a stripper, male or female, really glamorous?  Hollywood doesn’t seem to think so.

Mike (Channing Tatum) is an uneducated entrepreneur who has fallen into the profession of a male stripper.  In truth, he only does this a few days a week, but it’s given him the financial freedom to pursue some of his other interests; namely creating one-of-a-kind furniture.  He works construction on his “off days” and as fate would have it, meets Adam (Alex Pettyfer) who he refers to as “the kid.”  Adam is quickly thrust, pardon the pun, into this crazy world that Mike knows all about and isn’t quite sure how to handle it all.  Of course Mike’s long term plans involve financial independence, which is what he hopes to get by partnering with the club’s owner, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).  Naturally there’s a love interest for Mike and when he can’t count on his reliable booty call, Joanna (Olivia Munn) he’s pursuing Brooke (Cody Horn), who just so happens to be “the kid’s” sister. Things will all work out for Mike, right?

Magic Mike was a box office hit this last summer, bringing in over $100 million.  I’m assuming that most of the core demographic were females, but who really knows?  Putting the subject matter aside, it’s really a well-crafted movie.  Is it really so much different than, say, Pretty Woman?  I doubt it.  Certainly it’s not Soderbergh’s best, but I credit him for tackling the film that could have been loaded with cliches and just been, well, a total mess.  Make no mistake about it, there are three stars in the film: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer.  Though the background “strippers” are all well-known actors themselves: Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Alex Rodriguez. While it’s true that there are those out there that simply won’t see this movie due to the subject matter, it’s a shame.  For those that do, they’ll be rewarded with a great script, acting and, for the men, physiques that most will never be able to achieve.

Video: How does it look?

Stunning.  Really.  Stunning!  Magic Mike comes to Blu-ray presented in a 2.40:1 HEVC 4K image that’s second to none.  I suppose there’s no other way to view oiled-up men, right?  Truthfully, though, I was hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the way this looked.  The clarity is such that it has a 3D like effect.  As he so often does, Soderbergh uses a lot of yellowish filters for the outdoor scenes, giving Tampa (where the film takes place) a very tropical and glossy feel.  Soderbergh also served as the film’s cinematographer and editor (albeit under two different names).

Contrasting with the outdoor scenes are the scenes in the club, baked in darkness save for what’s happening on stage.  The outfits sparkle, the abs are oiled and if it’s lots of male skin you want to see – you’ve come to the right place.  In truth, we don’t see “everything” and that was fine by me.  There’s also some female nudity thrown in for good measure.  Warner has done this title right, even down to the old school Warner logo that opens the film.

Audio: How does it sound?

Damn, this sounds amazing.  My wife and I watched the film and I cranked up the receiver to “11”, so to speak.  Let’s start out with the vocals, very strong and crisp.  Channing Tatum does tend to mumble a bit, though his voice sounds clear throughout.  Matthew McConaughey’s booming southern twang sounds amazing all the way through, but it’s the dance scenes that take center stage (again, pardon the pun).  While I didn’t do that, I can say without a doubt, that this is some of the most robust audio I’ve heard in a while.  The LFE make the room thump, the surrounds make you feel like you’re in the middle of a club and the entire experience is so immersive, I can’t really say any more. It’s a top notch effort and this lossless DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack is amazing in every sense of the word.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Sadly there are no new supplements and even a few have been removed from the Blu-ray. We do still have one supplement, though…

  • Backstage on Magic Mike – An interview with the choreographer who tells us that Channing Tatum is the only one who could dance (he was a stripper for a brief time about ten years ago).

The Bottom Line

Don’t judge a book by its cover. While women might eat this one up, I found it refreshingly good after having not seen it for over a decade. Warner’s 4K disc is about as bare bones as they come, it even lacks a UV code. We’ve got one supplement, two have been removed as well as the same audio mix found on the Blu-ray. You’re essentially paying for an uptick in video quality.

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