47 Meters Down appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie offered pleasing visuals.
Sharpness worked fine. Some underwater shots could come across as a little soft, but most of the movie offered nice delineation,
I saw no shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes failed to appear. As for source flaws, the image lacked specks, marks or other issues.
Colors appeared good. With the tropical setting, I expected peppy tones, and those resulted – despite an apparently inevitable tendency toward orange and teal, the hues were well-developed.
Blacks looked dark and deep, and shadows were smooth – within the limitations of the underwater shots, that is. The image was good enough for a “B+“.
I also felt positive about the pretty good DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Meters. The ocean setting offered nice use of the side and rear speakers, especially in terms of aquatic ambience. These elements filled out the speakers in a fairly involving manner.
Audio quality was fine. Speech usually seemed natural and concise. Effects depicted the elements with acceptable accuracy and boasted pleasing low-end when necessary.
Music showed reasonable clarity and range, and they also packed solid bass response at times. This was a perfectly appropriate mix for the material.
The disc’s extras open with an audio commentary from writer/director Johannes Roberts and producer James Harris. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the project’s origins, development and unusual path to multiplexes, cast and performances, effects, sets and locations, shooting underwater, and related topics.
Overall, this becomes a good commentary. I was eager to learn more about why Meters avoided its original direct-to-video fate, so I like those elements, and other aspects of the chat add solid information. Roberts and Harris turn this into a likable piece.
Unexpected Originality: The Making of 47 Meters Down runs 11 minutes, 12 seconds and includes notes from Roberts, Harris, producer Mark Lane and actors Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. It covers story/characters as well as visual effects, cast and performances, and aspects of the underwater shoot. “Originality” becomes a decent overview of the production.
The disc opens with ads for Open Water 3: Cage Dive and Deepwater Horizon. No trailer for Meters appears here.
Though it comes with the occasional jolt, too much of 47 Meters Down seems cliché and contrived. The movie can’t rise above its genre origins to bring us a vivid tale. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio along with a couple bonus materials. Meters does nothing to enliven the shark attack genre.