7 Days in Entebbe appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, I felt pleased with the image.
Sharpness looked good. Some softness hit a few interior shots, but those instances remained mostly insubstantial, so the majority of the flick showed fine clarity and accuracy.
Shimmering failed to distract, and jaggies also stayed away from the image. Edge haloes remained absent, and the movie also lacked any source flaws.
In terms of colors, Days went with a mix of yellow/amber and teal. The film kept these strong but they didn’t seem obnoxious, and the Blu-ray reproduced them with good fidelity.
Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted. The image offered a solid “B+” presentation.
In addition, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack packed a pretty good sense of action, with active use of the various channels when necessary. Music filled the various channels in a satisfying manner, and effects fleshed out the spectrum in a logical way.
The film focused on airplane-related material as well as some military components, elements that managed to add immersion to the tale. These worked for the story and added punch to the proceedings.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, while effects remained vivid and full-bodied.
In addition, music was vibrant and dynamic. The audio suited the story.
A few extras appear here. The Entebbe Team goes for seven minutes, 24 seconds and provides notes from producers Kate Solomon and Tim Bevan, screenwriter Gregory Burke, director José Padilha, and actors Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, Daniel Brühl, Angel Bonanni, Denis Menochet, and Lior Ashkenazi.
“Team” looks at story and development, Padilha’s approach to the material, cast and performances, and the use of the dance company. This becomes a passable but too brief overview.
Inside the Raid runs seven minutes, 45 seconds and features Brühl, Pike, Padilha, Menochet, Solomon, Bevan, production designer Kave Quinn, costume designer Bina Daigeler, producer Michelle Wright, pilot Captain Michel Bacos, flight engineer Jacques Lemoine, and military advisor Amir Ofer.
“Inside” examines the film’s attempts at realism. I like the comments from the real-life participants and this becomes a pretty good piece.
Finally, we locate the five-minute, 26-second Additional Dance Sequences. Occasionally during the film, dance bits illustrate/link to the rest of the story, and this reel gives us more of them. It does little for me.
The disc opens with ads for Darkest Hour, Beirut,
Thoroughbreds, and Gringo. No trailer for Days appears here.
Based on an extremely dramatic real-life event, 7 Days in Entebbe crackles with potential. Unfortunately, it never quite taps that particular well, so it delivers a somewhat flat view of events. The Blu-ray provides very good picture and audio along with minor supplements. While Days keeps us with it, it doesn’t work as well as it should.