10 Cloverfield Lane appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.36:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This wasn’t a stunning image, but it seemed fine.
Sharpness was the only minor issue, as the many low-light interiors tended to favor a mild softness. Those trends weren’t significant, though, so the image may have lacked great clarity, but it appeared mostly concise.
I saw no jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to play a factor here, so the film looked clean.
In terms of palette, Lane tended toward standard teal and orange. These hues showed adequate representation within stylistic constraints. Blacks were fairly dense, and shadows seemed acceptable; these elements didn’t excel but they appeared more than satisfactory. Though this wasn’t a killer visual presentation, it fit the movie well enough.
Despite the story’s restricted setting, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Lane worked nicely. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the movie came with occasional instances of dynamic information, mainly during a few action sequences. Those popped to life in an exciting fashion.
Most of the flick went with gentler audio, and those segments succeeded as well. These contributed a good sense of atmosphere and formed a creepy, claustrophobic sensibility throughout the film. Despite its mostly subdued nature, the soundscape helped bolster the story.
Audio quality seemed solid. Music was bold and full, and effects followed suit, as those elements appeared accurate and dynamic. Speech remained natural and without edginess or concerns. I felt the soundtrack suited the tale and helped it succeed.
Among extras, we locate an audio commentary with director Dan Trachtenberg and executive producer JJ Abrams. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, Trachtenberg’s experiences as a first-time director, cinematography and editing, cast and performances, sets and production design, music, audio, effects and other domains.
Trachtenberg and Abrams provide a perfectly serviceable commentary. Though they occasionally spend too much time on praise, most of the track sticks with movie-related information. The piece moves fairly well and gives us a good – if not great – look at the film.
The disc also contains seven featurettes. With a total running time of 34 minutes, 42 seconds, we find “Cloverfield Too” (9:07), “Bunker Mentality” (3:48), “Duck and Cover” (1:44), “Spin-Off” (3:52), “Kelvin Optical” (6:07), “Fine Tuned” (6:42) and “End of Story” (3:19). Across these, we hear from Trachtenberg, Abrams, producer Lindsey Weber, co-producer Jon Cohen, production designer Ramsey Avery, director of photography Jeff Cutter, costume designer Meagan Luster, special effects supervisor Matt Kutcher, Sr., special effects technician Matt Kutcher, Jr., editor Stefan Grube, VFX supervisor Luke McDonald, supervising sound editor Robby Stambler, composer Bear McCreary, co-producer/unit production manager Bbob Dohrmann, and actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher, Jr., and John Goodman.
The featurettes cover the project’s origins and development, story and characters, the director’s approach to the material, cast and performances, set design, costumes and cinematography, various effects, editing, audio and music. These go over a good array of topics and do so in a manner that accentuates the commentary.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Lane. It lacks any of the Blu-ray’s extras.
Taut and compelling, 10 Cloverfield Lane offers a brisk thriller. It boasts a clever twist on its genre and strong performances to turn into a fine experience. The Blu-ray brings us good picture and audio along with some informative supplements. Lane turns into a strong directorial debut for Dan Trachtenberg.