Blinded By the Light appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a top-notch image.
Sharpness was positive. Virtually no softness impacted the presentation, so the movie remained tight and well-defined most of the time.
I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
Light went with a teal-influenced palette that sprinkled in a fair amount of amber/orange as well. Within the movie’s color design, the tones seemed solid.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently satisfying image.
As for the Dolby Atmos mix of Light, it showed scope generally typical of the drama/comedy soundfield. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s material allowed it to open up in a satisfying manner when necessary
Musical segments added immersiveness, and parties/clubs added breadth. The mix used the music in a broad, engaging manner, and the whole package fit together smoothly. Scenes like a major rainstorm brought the best impact, though most of the movie concentrated on dialogue and music.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Bass responses delivered great punch. The mix suited the story and kicked into gear when necessary.
A few extras flesh out the disc, and Memoir to Movie fills six minutes, 10 seconds. We get comments from director Gurinder Chadha, co-writer/author Sarfraz Manzoor, and actor Viveik Kalra.
“Memoir” looks at the factual basis behind the story and liberties, story/characters, Chadha’s approach, the use of Springsteen’s music, locations, period details, and other production thoughts. While brief and superficial, “Memoir” brings some useful notes.
The Most Crazy Thing runs six minutes, 55 seconds and includes notes from Chadha and Manzoor. They discuss the impact of Springsteen on their lives as well as his cooperation with the film and story/thematic elements. “Thing” complements “Memoir” well.
Three Deleted/Extended Scenes span a total of nine minutes, 48 seconds. The first offers more of 10-year-old Javed and Matt as well as a longer intro to 16-year-old Javed.
The second depicts more of the conflicts between Javed and his dad, while the third expands the awkward dinner at Eliza’s house. All three add a little character/narrative information but they tend to feel superfluous.
The disc opens with ads for Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars, Motherless Brooklyn and The Good Liar. No trailer for Light appears here.
A pretty standard coming of age story, Blinded By the Light benefits from a great soundtrack. Unfortunately, the narrative itself becomes messy and unconvincing. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals as well as good audio and minor bonus features. This ends up as a pretty mediocre movie.