Backtrace appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer looked mostly good.
Sharpness was fine. A little softness occurred in some wide shots, but those didn’t become a concern, so overall definition seemed solid.
I noticed no jagged edges or moiré effects, and the presentation lacked apparent edge haloes or other artifacts. I also saw no print flaws, as the movie always seemed clean.
In terms of palette, Backtrace tended toward a heavy feel of teal, yellow or green. The colors veered a bit heavy but seemed positive most of the time.
In addition, blacks were dark and tight, while low-light shots were decent; some could be a bit dense, but they weren’t bad. This was a largely pleasing presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added breadth to the experience. The movie didn’t deliver a consistently rock-em-sock-em soundscape, but it managed to open up well.
A few louder sequences – usually connected to action beats – made more dynamic use of the spectrum, but those didn’t pop up with great frequency. Instead, the emphasis on general environment remained, and that was fine, as I felt the soundfield fit the material.
Audio quality always pleased. Speech remained natural and concise, with no edginess or other flaws.
Music sounded full and dynamic, while effects came across as accurate and clear. All of this suited the film and earned a solid “B”.
Among extras, we get a featurette called Making of Backtrace. It runs five minutes, 58 seconds and offers info from director Bruce A. Miller and actors Christopher McDonald, Ryan Guzman and Colin Egglesfield.
“Making” examines story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations. Very little substance emerges in this promo piece.
We also get a collection of Cast/Crew Interviews. Here we locate chats with Miller (5:30), McDonald (4:49), Guzman (3:51) and Egglesfield (6:37).
Across these clips, we get notes about story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, and Miller’s work as director. These interviews come from the same sessions used for “Making”, and literally the same shots repeat, so there’s no reason to watch “Making” if you also screen this compilation.
This also means we don’t learn a ton from the interviews, as they remain pretty superficial. Still, they offer a few decent nuggets and become more informative than the featurette.
The disc opens with ads for Reprisal, Escape Plan 2: Hades, Bleeding Steel and Acts of Violence. We also get the trailer for Backtrace.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Backtrace. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Remarkably, Backtrace credits a whopping 25 producers. That becomes the only noteworthy aspect of the film, unfortunately, as we get a scattered, inert stab at a thriller. The Blu-ray brings generally good picture and audio along with minor supplements. Even by the low standards of direct-to-video fare, Backtrace feels forgettable.