Bone Tomahawk appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The film boasted an excellent transfer.
At all times, sharpness worked well. Virtually no softness crept into the image, so it remained tight and concise.
Jaggies and moiré effects were absent, and I saw no edge haloes. Print defects also failed to appear.
In terms of palette, Bone opted for a heavily sepia feel. Almost no other hues ever popped up, and that was fine, as the tint suited the Western story.
Blacks came across as deep and rich, while shadows looked smooth and clear. This became a terrific presentation.
Though not as good, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack also satisfied. Much of the movie opted for a low-key presentation, with occasional bursts of action.
Scenes with gunfire added some pep, but most of the movie focused on ambience. The soundscape didn’t dazzle but it fleshed out the settings.
Audio quality worked fine. Speech was distinctive and crisp, and the musical score boasted nice range.
Effects seemed accurate and full. This wasn’t a slam-bang mix, but it worked fine for the story.
A few extras appear, and The Making of Bone Tomahawk runs 10 minutes, four seconds. It offers comments from writer/director S. Craig Zahler, producers Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier, and actors Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, and Patrick Wilson.
“Making” examines story/characters as well as cast and performances, locations and production notes. This tends toward superficial promo piece material.
One Deleted Scene spans two minutes, 30 seconds and shows a postscript that follows the movie’s ending. It brings a more concrete view of where the surviving characters will go, and it seems pat and trite.
When we shift to a Fantastic Fest Q&A, we get a 34-minute, 40-second panel with Zahler, Wilson, Jenkins, Fox, Heller and Sonnier.
Via the Q&A, we hear about the movie’s development, cast and performances, aspects of the fairly short shoot, effects, influences, and related domains. Some useful material emerges, but the Q&A seems scattershot.
A Poster Gallery displays seven images. They’re interesting to see, even if we don’t find many of them.
The disc opens with ads for Dark Was the Night. Pay the Ghost and Odd Thomas. We also find a trailer for Bone.
Thanks to a strong cast, Bone Tomahawk becomes a more than watchable Western. However, it tends to feel a little too infatuated with its own sense of genre disruption and too interested in fluid storytelling. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals as well as positive audio and a few bonus features. I find enough here to recommend the film but I can’t claim it wholly satisfies.