The 5th Wave appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer seemed positive.
Overall definition worked well. Any softness was minor, as I found an image that almost always seemed tight and accurate. I saw no shimmering or jagged edges, and the image lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
Like many modern action flicks, Wave opted for a mix of orange and teal. These choices remained cliché but the transfer replicated them well. Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows showed nice clarity for the most part; a couple low-light shots appeared a bit dense, but not to a significant degree. Overall, the movie looked quite good.
I also felt consistently pleased with the strong DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Wave. With an emphasis on action, the soundscape used all the channels on a frequent basis. The various speakers provided lots of information that filled out the movie and blended together in a seamless manner. This formed a dynamic soundscape with a lot to offer.
In addition, audio quality seemed strong. Music was bold and full, and dialogue remained crisp and natural. Effects appeared lively and vivid, with clear highs and deep lows. I felt pleased with this fine soundtrack.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from director J Blakeson and actor Chloe Grace Moretz. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at how they came to the project, story/character/adaptation issues, sets and locations, music, camerawork and editing, cast and performances, and related areas.
Don’t expect much from Moretz, as Blakeson dominates the chat. Moretz tosses in an occasional nugget, but she usually simply echoes Blakeson’s remarks.
And that seems fine, as the director covers the movie in a fairly satisfying manner. He touches on a good array of subjects and moves the track along well. While this isn’t a great commentary, it proves to be satisfying.
11 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 25 minutes, 10 seconds. A lot of the added material revolves around Sgt. Reznik and the kids’ combat training. I can’t say this footage would’ve improved the movie, but it does flesh out Reznik better and it gives the youngsters more development.
Otherwise, the scenes tend to be forgettable. The ones that don’t relate to Reznik or the warrior kids provide minor exposition and little else.
Next we get a Gag Reel. It lasts three minutes, 17 seconds and boasts the usual goofs and giggles. Not my cup of tea!
Five Featurettes occupy a total of 34 minutes, 41 seconds. We find “Inside The 5th Wave” (14:26), “Training Squad 53” (5:09), “The 5th Wave Survival Guide” (2:11), “Sammy on the Set” (6:57) and “Creating a New World” (5:58). Across these, we hear from Moretz, Blakeson, producers Matthew Plouffe, Lynn Harris and Graham King, executive producer Denis O’Sullivan, visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk, production designer Jon Billington, art director A. Todd Holland, stunt coordinator Joey Box, director of photography Enrique Chediak, camera operator Jeff Crumbley, costumer Ren Heeralal, grip Matt Alexander, still photographer Chuck Zlotnick, and actors Alex Roe, Nick Robinson, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Tony Revolori, Nadji Jeter, Flynn McHugh, Talitha Bateman, Cade Cannon Ball, Alex MacNicoll, and Zackary Arthur.
The featurettes look at story/characters, cast and performances, various effects, sets, locations and production design, stunts and action, training, and alien design. “Inside” offers the best collection of insights, but “Creating” also seems satisfying. “Training” and “Sammy” have their moments as well, but “Survival” lacks much merit.
The disc opens with ads for Pride + Prejudice + Zombies, Money Monster, The Driftless Area and Ratter. No trailer for Wave appears here.
With an ambitious science-fiction tale to be told, I had high hopes that The 5th Wave would provide an exciting experience. However, the movie suffers from issues that make it less than satisfying, primarily because it bites off more than its low budget allows it to chew. The Blu-ray presents very good picture and audio along with a quality collection of supplements. Wave feels like recycled bits and pieces of other movies.