All Cheerleaders Die appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into a satisfying presentation.
Sharpness looked fine. A few shots – mostly interiors – showed a smidgen of softness, but those instances remained minor. Overall definition seemed solid. No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes were absent. No print concerns appeared in this clean presentation.
Colors were positive. The movie tended toward a somewhat stylized palette that was more than adequate, as the hues appeared reasonably full.. Blacks were fairly dark and tight, and shadows showed good clarity. Nothing here dazzled, but the transfer delivered a good reproduction of the movie.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Die, it worked pretty well. The music displayed good imaging, and effects broadened to the sides well. They presented a nice sense of atmosphere and kicked into action well when appropriate. Surround usage became more active than expected, mostly due to the horror scenes; those expanded the spectrum in a dynamic way that worked the various channels in a lively fashion.
Audio quality was good. Speech came across as natural and crisp, with no issues connected to edginess or intelligibility. Effects were clear and accurate. They showed good range and clarity as well. Music worked very nicely, as the songs and score were bold and dynamic. This was a fairly involving mix.
Only one extra appears here: a featurette called Making the Squad. It goes for 23 minutes, 45 seconds and includes comments from producer Andrew van den Houten and actors Caitlin Stasey, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, Leigh Parker, Brooke Butler, Felisha Cooper, Nicholas Morrison, Chris Petrovski, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Jordan Wilson and Tom Williamson. The show covers the project’s origins and development, the work of the directors, cast and performances, characters and story, the cheerleading scenes, and related subjects.
It’s surprising that the film’s writers/directors don’t appear here, but “Squad” still offers a reasonable look at the production. We get a lot of footage from the set and the comments offer fairly useful insights. Nothing here turns this into a great behind the scenes piece, but it’s positive.
The disc opens with ads for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, Wolf Creek 2 and Way of the Wicked. No trailer for Die shows up here.
At times, All Cheerleaders Die offers an involving experience. However, it tends to sputter as it progresses and becomes less consistent than I’d like. The Blu-ray offers positive picture and audio as well as a decent behind the scenes featurette. Die has some strengths but doesn’t maintain them well.