Amityville: The Awakening appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a good but not great presentation.
Sharpness largely seemed positive, as the majority of the movie offered appropriate delineation. Some of the many dimly-lit interiors could come across as a little ill-defined, but most of the film looked reasonably concise.
I saw no jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. I also noted no signs of source defects.
As expected, colors remained restrained, with a definite orientation toward a dull form of teal. These hues appeared bland but they served the production’s choices.
Blacks seemed fairly deep and firm, while shadows offered pretty good clarity. Again, some dark shots could seem a little dense, but these elements usually worked fine. This came across as a “B” presentation.
I felt the same about the often subdued DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as it focused on the usual scope one associates with creepy horror films. This meant a lot of spooky ambience and not much more.
That said, the mix did kick to life at times. A scene with swarming flies used the speakers well, as did some of the stabs at scares, and music provided nice utilization of the channels.
Audio quality seemed solid. Music was lively and full, while speech appeared natural and concise. Effects also appeared accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a generally positive soundtrack.
Only one extra shows up here: a featurette called The Making of Amityville: The Awakening. It runs five minutes, one second and includes comments from writer/director Franck Khalfoun and actors Bella Thorne and Cameron Monaghan.
The show looks at story/characters as well as cast and performances. It delivers nothing more than promotional fluff.
Nearly 40 years after the original film, the “Amityville” franchise continues with The Awakening. A tepid sort of sequel, the movie lollygags across its brief running time and never manages to prompt terror or tension. The Blu-ray offers mostly good picture and audio but it skimps on supplements. Despite a nice cast, Awakening fizzles.