The Bloodhound appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. For the most part, this became a positive presentation.
The film’s biggest weakness came from low-light shots, as those tended to seem a bit murky, and blacks could feel somewhat inky. Perhaps the filmmakers intended these elements to look like this, but the darker elements still felt blander than I’d anticipate.
Otherwise, the image worked well. Though those low-light elements could veer slightly soft, the film usually offered nice delineation, without any prominent definition issues.
The image lacked jagged edges or moiré effects, and it came free from edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to become a concern.
Colors veered heavily teal, with occasional instances of amber and red as well. These didn’t excite, bit they seemed appropriately rendered. Ultimately this was a more than watchable presentation.
Given the movie’s low-key vibe, one should expect a low-key DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack from The Bloodhound. Most of the time, creepy atmosphere dominated the mix.
When these components came to the fore, they managed to create a fairly solid sense of place, and the quiet score also displayed positive stereo imaging. However, the movie’s restrained nature left the soundfield without a lot to do.
Audio quality worked fine, with speech that seemed natural and concise. The score felt full and rich within its own quiet feel as well.
Effects also didn’t tend to do much, but they came across as accurate and without distortion. Though not a memorable mix, the track felt adequate for the story.
A few extras appear here, and we launch with an audio commentary from director Patrick Picard and editor David Scorca. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, sets and locations, music, editing, cast and performances, and related topics.
Expect a disappointing commentary here, as Picard and Scorca fail to deliver an especially informative view of the film. Oddly, they tell us virtually nothing about the adaptation of the Poe story, and they tend to semi-meander much of the time.
Even with a brief 72-minute running time, Picard and Scorca struggle to fill the track, as they go silent much too often. This becomes a lackluster commentary at best, one without a lot of informational value.
On the Trail of The Bloodhound runs 45 minutes, 21 seconds and includes notes from Picard, Scorca, producer Leal Naim, cinematographer Jake Magee, production designer Arielle Ness-Cohn, and actor Joe Adler.
“Trail” covers the film’s development and story/characters, getting the production off the ground and aspects of the indie process, cast and performances, photography, locations and set design, editing, and the film’s release. Some of this material repeats from the commentary, but we get a lot of unique material and “Trail” acts as a good overview. Indeed, it proves much more effective than the blah commentary.
The disc also includes four Patrick Picard Short Films. We find Bad Dream (1:06), The Muffled Hammerfall in Action (0:51), The Mosaic Code (0:32) and Wiggleworm (0:48).
Boy, when they said short films, they really meant short films! I’m not even sure they should count as “films” given their extreme brevity.
Don’t expect narrative material from these shorts, as instead, they’re abstract combinations of visuals and music. They seem pretty pointless to me, but perhaps someone will dig them.
Adapted from an Edgar Allan Poe story, The Bloodhound divests the tale of any potential terror or chills. Instead, it seems willfully dull and slow-moving, without anything to impact the viewer in a positive manner. The Blu-ray comes with generally good picture and audio as well as a decent set of bonus materials. Bloodhound boasts appealing visuals but nothing else.