Blood Brother appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer looked good.
Sharpness was fine. A little softness occurred in some wide shots, but those didn’t become a concern. Overall definition seemed solid.
I noticed no jagged edges or moiré effects, and the presentation lacked apparent edge haloes or other artifacts. I also saw no print flaws, as the movie always seemed clean.
In terms of palette, Brother reflected Hollywood’s modern fascination with orange and teal. As tedious as that has become, the colors looked fine within the design parameters.
In addition, blacks were dark and tight, while low-light shots were decent; some could be a bit dense, but they weren’t bad. This was a positive presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added breadth to the experience. The movie didn’t deliver a consistently rock-em-sock-em soundscape, but it managed to open up well.
A few louder sequences – usually connected to action beats – made more dynamic use of the spectrum, but those didn’t pop up with great frequency. Instead, the emphasis on general environment remained, and that was fine, as I felt the soundfield fit the material.
Audio quality always pleased. Speech remained natural and concise, with no edginess or other flaws.
Music sounded full and dynamic, while effects came across as accurate and clear. All of this suited the film and earned a solid “B”.
Among extras, we get an audio commentary from director John Pogue and actor Trey Songz. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts and action, music, effects, editing and connected topics.
While they cover a good array of subjects, Pogue and Songz fail to make this an especially compelling commentary. Though I can’t claim they do anything wrong, the track simply seems a little on the dull side. We get a decent overview but we don’t feel drawn into the discussion.
Behind the Scenes runs five minutes, 21 seconds and features stunt coordinators Vanessa Motta and Chuck Piscerni Jr., production designer James A. Gelarden, and actors Jack Kesy, China Anne McClain, Tanee McCall, R-Truth,
“Scenes” looks at cast, sets and stunts. The last two domains add a little value, but much of the featurette just praises Songz, so don’t expect much substance.
The disc opens with ads for Reprisal, 24 Hours to Live, Acts of Vengeance and Acts of Violence. No trailer for Brother appears here.
A stale attempt at a thriller, Blood Brother comes with no obvious positives. It suffers from a generic, uninventive quality that makes it a dull 85 minutes. The Blu-ray presents largely positive picture and audio along with a few supplements. Even as direct-to-video fare, Brother seems uninspiring.