12 Mighty Orphans appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a positive visual impression.
Overall definition seemed positive. Only a little softness materialized, so the movie appeared accurate and concise most of the time.
I noticed no signs of jaggies or edge enhancement, and shimmering was absent. Outside of some archival footage, the film lacked print flaws and seemed clean. Shot digitally, the movie added “grain” for a period feel, but this didn’t seem problematic.
In terms of colors, Orphans went for a moderate teal and amber tint. These appeared fine within the film’s stylistic choices.
Blacks seemed dark and tight, and shadows demonstrated good clarity. This added up to a satisfying presentation.
A character drama wouldn’t seem to be a candidate for a whiz-bang soundtrack, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Orphans fell into expected realms. Usually the track remained oriented toward ambience, so don’t expect lots of sizzle from the mix.
A few scenes opened up a bit, mainly related to football games or war flashbacks. Not much immersive material emerged, though, as this remained a quiet character tale most of the time.
Audio quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy.
Speech – obviously an important factor here – appeared concise and crisp. Nothing here soared, but it all seemed perfectly adequate for the project.
15 Deleted Scenes span a total of 14 minutes, nine seconds. If you can do math, you can figure out that this means most of the sequences don’t run very long.
Indeed, none of the first 11 go for more than 90 seconds or so, and most end pretty quickly. The longest sequence runs two minutes, 49 seconds, and only a few blast past the one-minute mark.
The longer bits look at Russell’s search for his birth family. In theory, they add drama, but as depicted, they don’t really go anywhere interesting, especially as they distract from the focus on the orphans.
Otherwise, we tend to get general character moments, with a little more story intrigue as well. Given the movie already pushes the two-hour mark, more footage wouldn’t have made it better, so these feel like good cuts.
The disc opens with ads for The Father, The Truffle Hunters, Maiden, The Eagle Hunters and The Human Factor. No trailer for Orphans appears here.
Nothing about 12 Mighty Orphans offers a creative take on the “inspirational sports story” genre, but it still brings reasonable charm. Partly thanks to a good cast, the movie largely keeps us with it. The Blu-ray offers positive picture and audio but it lacks many bonus materials. This turns into a mostly likable tale.