Animal appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, this became a satisfying presentation.
Sharpness came across well. Any softness tended to be minor and infrequent, so the end product delivered solid delineation. I saw no signs of jaggies or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. No print flaws could be found either.
Colors tended toward a teal/greenish tint. This could appear artificial but the tones worked fine within the movie’s design choices. Blacks were fine, as they seemed reasonably dense, and shadows showed reasonable clarity. In the end, the image looked positive.
I also felt pleased with the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, though I couldn’t call it great. While the soundscape offered reasonable breadth, the elements didn’t combine in an especially immersive manner. Different components cropped up around the room in logical spots but movement and integration weren’t as strong as I’d like. Still, these pieces gave the soundfield reasonable involvement and kick.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was fairly distinctive and lacked notable flaws like crackling, while music showed pretty good range and clarity. Effects came across as dynamic and full, with powerful low-end when necessary. I liked this track well enough for a “B”.
As we move to extras, we locate an audio commentary from director Brett Simmons. He brings us a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, effects, music, editing and cinematography, influences and related topics.
Across the board, Simmons brings us a good look at the film. He covers the appropriate domains and does so in a concise, involving manner. Simmons discusses the flick in a logical way and turns this into a useful chat.
Under Cast Interviews, we find a whopping one minute, 43 seconds of comments. We hear from actors Keke Palmer and Elizabeth Gillies as they tell us a little about their characters – very little, that is. This is an advertisement and nothing more.
In addition to teaser and theatrical trailers, we locate a Behind the Scenes Featurette. This lasts three minutes, four seconds and features comments from Simmons, writer/producer Thommy Hutson, producer Zach O’Brien, and actors Thorsten Kaye, Joey Lauren Adams, Amaury Nolasco, Eve Jeffers, Jeremy Sumpter. The show goes over story elements as well as creature design. One or two decent thoughts about the monster emerge, but this remains another promo piece.
A hackneyed horror flick without originality, Animal seems as generic as its title. Whatever suspense it could muster fails to emerge due to its thin story and forgettable characters/situations. The Blu-ray comes with good picture and audio as well as supplements highlighted by an informative commentary. Animal ends up as a subpar attempt at terror.