Abduction appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The film provides an attractive visual experience.
Sharpness proved excellent. At all times, the film displayed solid clarity and accuracy. I noticed no issues with jagged edges or shimmer, and edge enhancement seemed to be absent. Source flaws also failed to be a concern. The film featured natural levels of grain and didn’t appear to have been subjected to excessive noise reduction.
Like most modern films of this sort, the movie went with a subdued, stylistic palette. A moderately bluish tint appeared at times, and other sequences went with a yellow or golden tone. The hues reflected the nature of the material and looked fine. Blacks were dark and dense, while shadows seemed decent. Across the board, this was an excellent transfer.
I also felt pleased with the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Abduction. The film’s action pieces offered the most dynamic elements. Sequences with explosions, gunfire and chases opened up the soundfield well and gave us a nice sense of involvement. Music showed good stereo imaging, and the flick used the surrounds well. The back speakers worked as active participants and placed us in the action.
Audio quality proved pleasing. Speech was natural and distinctive, without edginess or other concerns. Music appeared lively and dynamic, and effects fared well. Those elements sounded full and rich at all times. Low-end response was quite good and brought out a good sense of depth. This turned into a positive package.
With that, we head to the set’s extras. The lead feature comes from an “in-film experience called Abduction Application. This offers a fairly traditional “picture-in-picture” piece that mixes shots from the set, storyboards, and interviews. We get information from writer Shawn Christensen, producers Eric Edmeades, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Lee Stollman and Pat Crowley, stunt coordinator Brad Martin, director John Singleton, effects supervisor Geoff Heron, visual effects producer Rose Duignan, and actors Taylor Lautner, Denzel Whitaker, Lily Collins, Jason Isaacs, Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Michael Nyqvist and Alfred Molina. We learn about what brought Lautner to the film, stunts and action, story/script/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, some effects, influences and Singleton’s contribution to the flick.
Though “Application” starts out pretty actively, it fades before too long, as empty spaces become more dominant. The quality of the material remains spotty from start to finish; while we get a fair amount of good info, a lot of the time, the program feels like little more than a paean to the wonders of Taylor Lautner. It still delivers a decent take on the flick, but it’s not a great “in-movie” piece.
Four featurettes follow, though some will be redundant if you watched “Application”. The first three - Abduction Chronicle (18:17), Initiation of an Action Hero (11:57) and The Fight for the Truth (12:07) – all appear during “Application”. Since I already discussed them above, I won’t dig into them again.
With these three featurettes available on their own, is there any reason to watch them via “Application”? Perhaps – the Blu-ray claims “Application” provides “exclusive content that cannot be viewed anywhere else”. I don’t know if that’s literally true; I didn’t memorize the material in the “Application”, so I couldn’t tell you if it offered some footage that’s left out of the individual featurettes. If you’re determined to see everything possible, I suspect the “Application” is the way to watch these featurettes, but it’s also less efficient, as it comes with a fair amount of dead air. At least the featurettes are all meat, all the time.
Pulled Punches delivers a gag reel. It goes for three minutes, 37 seconds and shows the standard array of goofs and giggles. Most of these show Lautner’s mishaps and his mirth. “Team Jacob” sorts will enjoy it but probably not many others will dig it.
The disc opens with ads for the Abduction soundtrack, One for the Money, The Hunger Games, Warrior and The Devil’s Double. These show up under Also from Lionsgate as well, but no trailer for Abduction appears.
Perhaps Taylor Lautner should stick with Twilight movies, as Abduction shows he’s not ready to handle a flick on his own. The film has potential but Lautner’s lack of skill does a lot to harm it; we simply never take him very seriously in his role. The Blu-ray provides solid picture and audio as well as some erratic but occasionally informative supplements. Despite some fitful entertainment, Abducted ends up as a flat thriller.