The Belko Experiment appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not great, the movie usually looked attractive.
Sharpness was mostly solid. A few wider shots and interiors showed a little softness, but those instances remained minor. Instead, the majority of the movie seemed accurate and concise.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws were a non-factor, as I witnessed no specks, marks or other debris.
Colors were fine, as the film opted for a fairly teal palette and the Blu-ray replicated these tones in an appropriate manner. Black levels were reasonably deep, and shadows seemed clear and well-rendered. Across the board, the visuals proved to be pleasing.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Belko suited the story pretty well but won't win any awards. The soundstage appeared nicely broad at the appropriate times and could be moderately engulfing on occasion.
It's a talky little movie for the most part so the focus was mainly up front, but the audio expanded when necessary. Music broadened well, and effects occasionally used the spectrum in a satisfying way via elements like general violence. None of this gave us a consistently active track, but it had its moments.
Sound quality seemed fine. Dialogue always appeared crisp and natural, and I had no trouble understanding it. Music was warm and distinctive, and effects also seemed realistic and more than adequate for the tasks at hand. All of this made the mix a solid “B”.
We find a handful of extras here, and we start with two featurettes. Rules of the Game goes for nine minutes, 56 seconds and offers remarks from writer/producer James Gunn, director Greg McLean, producer Peter Safran, and actors Tony Goldwyn, John Gallagher Jr., and Adria Arjona.
We learn about the movie’s roots and development, story/characters, and McLean’s impact as director. “Rules” lacks great depth, but it’s more interesting than the usual short featurette.
Lee Hardcastle’s Survival Tips runs two minutes, 37 seconds and presents quirky but super-violent Claymation advertisements for the film. The stop-motion style makes them more fun than most promos.
Eight Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 19 seconds. The most prominent addition involves Mike’s capture and eventual escape, bits that offer a little extra action. The various scenes don’t add much of real interest, though.
A Gallery gives us a collection of stills. We see 12 shots from the production in this brief, fairly insubstantial batch of photos.
The disc opens with ads for Logan, A Cure for Wellness and Morgan. Sneak Peeks adds a promo for Shut In, and we also get a trailer for Belko.
Gifted with a provocative premise, The Belko Experiment boasted the potential to deliver a tight thriller. Instead, it opted for a whole lot of gore and little else. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture and audio as well as a handful of supplements. Belko turns into a limp experience in torture porn.