Alex Cross appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a generally positive presentation.
Sharpness looked solid. A few shots were slightly soft, but not to a substantial degree, so most of the movie seemed accurate and concise.
No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws were a non-factor, as the movie stayed clean.
Like most modern thrillers, Cross favored a teal tint with a dollop of amber as well and some dingy shades of green and yellow. Within their parameters, the colors appeared solid.
Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were smooth and well-delineated. In the end, the transfer proved to be appealing.
As for the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Cross, it became a reasonably involving mix. With a smattering of action scenes, we got some good material from all sides.
Various elements blended around the spectrum and added a nice sense of activity to the film. Stereo music also worked well, and this turned into a moderately vivid soundscape.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was crisp and distinctive, with no edginess or other concerns.
Music was full and rich, while effects came across as lively and accurate. The track boasted good low-end when appropriate. All of this was enough for a “B”.
We get a few extras, and the disc opens with an audio commentary from director Rob Cohen. He offers a running, screen-specific look at how he came to the project, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, visual design, and related domains.
A competent but unexceptional director delivers a competent but unexceptional commentary. Though Cohen touches on a good array of topics and provides enough useful notes to maintain our attention, he also narrates the movie too much. That means this ends up as a perfectly worthwhile but never terrific track.
The Psychologist and the Butcher spans 14 minutes, seven seconds. It brings notes from Cohen, author James Patterson, producer Steve Bowen, and actors Tyler Perry, Ed Burns, and Matthew Fox.
“Butcher” examines the Alex Cross novels and their adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, cinematography, and general thoughts. The featurette mixes decent insights with happy talk.
Four Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, seven seconds. Outside of another sequence with “Pop-Pop”, these offer fairly forgettable extensions to existing segments and don’t add anything of note.
The disc opens with ads for The Cold Light of Day, Good Deeds, Man on a Ledge and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection. No trailer for Cross appears here.
Tyler Perry attempted to broaden his cinematic horizons with Alex Cross, a major shift from his broad Madea comedies. Unfortunately, this effort flops, as Perry offers a dull performance in this forgettable, uncreative thriller. The Blu-ray comes with largely positive picture and audio as well as a few bonus materials. We never got a sequel to this reboot, and I can’t claim to feel bothered by that given the sub-mediocrity on display here.