Blindspotting appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. I thought the Blu-ray provided consistently satisfying visuals.
Sharpness was generally very positive. A smidgen of softness appeared in some interiors, but those instances were minor. Instead, the program demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy the vast majority of the time.
I witnessed no instances of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes appeared absent. Source flaws also failed to interfere.
Colors stayed fairly subdued for the most part. The settings didn’t favor a dynamic palette, but the hues looked reasonably accurate and full, with a not-unexpected emphasis on teal, amber and orange.
Blacks were acceptably dark and deep, while shadows showed generally positive delineation. Overall, I found this to be a strong presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby True HD 7.1, the Dolby Atmos audio of Blindspotting worked pretty well. Not exactly an action extravaganza, the soundscape didn’t offer a whole lot of note.
A few scenes – like on streets and with a few violent bits – opened up the mix in a moderate way. However, this was a chatty movie overall, though, so one shouldn’t expect much from the soundfield.
Audio quality always appeared positive. Music showed warm, full tones, and effects – as low-key as they were – sounded accurate and concise.
Speech was an important factor that worked fine; the lines were consistently distinctive and natural. Nothing here dazzled, but the audio remained more than acceptable.
In terms of extras, we get two separate audio commentaries, and the first comes from producers/writers/actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. Both sit together for their running, screen-specific discussion of story/script/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, and related domains.
While an energetic track, Digg and Casal don’t provide a consistent level of useful information, as they often seem more focused on tangential material. They do dig into good details more as the film progresses, though, and they throw out real insights during those parts. These make the commentary erratic but ultimately worth a listen.
For the second commentary, we hear from director Carlos Lopez Estrada. He provides a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, music, sets and locations, and other production notes.
Like Diggs/Casal, Estrada brings us an erratic track. Much of the time, he either narrates the movie or he simply points out locations and the names of actors. He presents enough substance to ensure the commentary doesn’t become a bore, but it’s still an inconsistent discussion.
A featurette called Straight from the Town runs 26 minutes, 18 seconds and offers info from Lopez, Diggs, Casal, producers Jess and Keith Calder, and actors Janina Gavankar and Jasmine Cephas Jones.
They discuss the movie’s origins and development, tone and themes, story/characters, cast and performances, depicting Oakland, music, and visual design. We get some strong information in this compelling reel.
Next we get a Director’s Diary. It goes for 17 minutes, 11 seconds and features Estrada’s behind the scenes video from the set.
This mixes basic footage from the shoot with introductions to various participants. I like the glimpses behind the scenes but the intros become tedious.
Four Deleted Scenes fill a total of six minutes, 18 seconds. The first two provide more impromptu rapping from Collin and Miles, while the third shows a brief interaction between Collin and a hipster.
With the last one, we see how negatively Collin and company react when a co-worker wears a 49ers jacket. The two rapping scenes feel tedious, but the other two offer some amusement, even if they seem superfluous overall.
The disc opens with ads for Kin and A Simple Favor. No trailer for Blindspotting appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Blindspotting. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Often involving and entertaining, Blindspotting stands as a very watchable effort. However, it lacks focus and bites off more than it can chew. The Blu-ray presents very good picture and audio as well as a fairly compelling set of supplements. Blindspotting brings an engaging flick that just needs a little more tightness.