Black and Blue appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a generally positive presentation.
Sharpness looked solid. A few shots were slightly soft, but not to a substantial degree, so most of the movie seemed accurate and concise.
No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws were a non-factor, as the movie stayed clean.
Like most modern action flicks, Blue favored a teal tint with a dollop of orange as well. The blue became a pretty heavy overtone and we didn’t get much room for other hues. Within their parameters, the colors appeared solid.
Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were smooth and well-delineated. In the end, the transfer proved to be appealing.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Blue, it became a peppy mix. With a mix of action scenes, we got a lot of good material from all sides.
Gunfire and other elements zoomed around the spectrum and added a nice sense of activity to the film. Stereo music also worked well, and this turned into a pretty vivid soundscape.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was crisp and distinctive, with no edginess or other concerns.
Music was full and rich, while effects came across as lively and accurate. The track boasted good low-end when appropriate. All of this was good enough for a “B+”.
Two featurettes pop up here, and Line of Fire runs four minutes, two seconds. It includes notes from director Deon Taylor, director of photography Dante Spinotti, camera operator Peter Rosenfel, Screen Gems EVP Glenn Gainor, and actors Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson and Frank Grillo.
“Fire” focuses on photography - with an emphasis on the body cam – as well as some character/cast notes. Expect a lot of hype and little concrete information.
With Be the Change in the Big Easy, we find a three-minute, 44-second reel. It features Taylor, Gibson, Gainor, Harris, Grillo, production designer Frank Zito III, actor Reid Scott, producer Sean Sorenson, and screenwriter Peter Dowling.
Here we learn about shooting in New Orleans and more character/story/cast domains. Once again, we find promotional material without much substance.
Five Deleted Scenes fill a total of four minutes, 46 seconds. In these, the most substantial comes from “Studio”, a clip in which we get to know more about the Mouse character. It’s a decent exploration of that role, though not one that proves necessary.
Since “Studio” occupies three minutes, 29 seconds, that doesn’t leave much space for the other four. Predictably, they’re short and unimportant.
The disc opens with ads for The Intruder, Bad Boys for Life, Charlie’s Angels (2019), The Grudge (2020), Zombieland: Double Tap and Men in Black International. No trailer for Blue appears here.
Despite actors who give the movie their best effort, Black and Blue never becomes compelling. A slew of clichés in search of purpose, it ends up as a snoozer. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio along with minor supplements. This turns into a flat thriller.