The Beguiled appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good reproduction of a subdued source.
Much of the film went with natural lighting, and that meant a candle-lit vibe for many interiors. Those created the biggest potential issues, as they gave us an image with a number of dim sequences.
Despite these prospective pitfalls, sharpness remained fairly good. All those dark interiors leaned a little soft, but they gave us reasonable clarity.
I saw no jaggies or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also failed to display any source defects.
Colors opted for a low-key brown tone much of the time. Though less than impactful, the Blu-ray presented the hues as desired.
Blacks were mostly deep and tight, and as noted, shadows could be a little iffy, but that resulted from the source photography. I felt pleased with this accurate representation of the challenging film.
Given the movie’s heavy character nature, the film opted for a gentle DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. A few scenes featured the distant boom of warfare, and those gave the mix a little dimensionality, but the majority of the mix concentrated on light ambience, mainly via insects that buzzed in the background.
That left this as a decided underwhelming soundscape. The movie also lacked much of a score, so don’t expect much music. Though the limited soundfield suited the material, it nonetheless felt awfully low-key.
Audio quality was fine. Speech remained natural and concise, and effects showed good range and clarity within their restricted ambitions. Those occasional snatches of music also seemed fine. Nothing here excelled but I thought the mix was acceptable.
Two featurettes appear here. A Shift in Perspective runs six minutes 53 seconds and includes comments from writer/director Sofia Coppola, producer Youree Henley, and actors Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, and Addison Riecke.
“Shift” looks at the film’s perspective and Coppola’s take on the material as well as story, characters and cast. This becomes a passable overview, albeit one that tends to the fluffy side of the street.
A Southern Style lasts five minutes, 40 seconds and includes Henley, Coppola, Fanning, Farrell, Riecke, Rice, production designer Anne Ross, costume designer Stacey Battat, hair designer Odile Gilbert, and property owner Keith Marshall. “Style” examines sets, locations and design choices. It offers another short but decent summary.
The disc opens with ads for Atomic Blonde, The Book of Henry and Victoria & Abdul. Previews adds promos for Nocturnal Animals, Hyde Park on the Hudson, Loving, Dallas Buyers Club, The Danish Girl and Suffragette. No trailer for Beguiled appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Beguiled. It comes with the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Slow to the point of stasis, The Beguiled doesn’t offer an especially involving narrative. The actors manage to flesh out their roles in a satisfying manner but the movie’s sluggish development makes it a tough ride. The Blu-ray offers generally positive picture and audio with minor bonus materials. Beguiled never quite turns into a compelling character journey.