Breakthrough appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into a largely appealing presentation.
Sharpness usually satisfied, with only a smattering of soft shots in a few interiors. Instead, most of the movie seemed accurate and well-defined.
The image lacked shimmering or jaggies, and it also demonstrated no edge haloes. Print flaws remained absent as well.
In terms of palette, Breakthrough emphasized a mix of teal and amber. These hues didn’t dazzle but they felt appropriate for the story at hand.
Blacks looked dark and dense, while shadows felt smooth and concise. I thought we got a well-rendered transfer.
A dialogue-heavy affair, the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Breakthrough lacked much breadth to its soundscape. Music showed good stereo presence and some scenes – mainly related to the accident or sports – boasted a bit of involvement, but not a lot added to the sonic experience.
Audio quality satisfied, with dialogue that came across as natural and concise. Music showed nice range and warmth.
Effects didn’t have much to do, but they stayed accurate and lacked distortion. Again, this wasn’t a dynamic mix, but I thought it suited the story.
As we head to extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Roxann Dawson and producer DeVon Franklin. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story and characters, cast and performances, music, photography, sets and locations, and related subjects.
Man, what an awful commentary! Every once in a while, Franklin and Dawson manage to let an actual filmmaking insight materialize.
However, production info remains rare, as the participants usually prefer to ladle out praise for the film and all involved. They also go silent a lot of the time. Between the dead air and the happy talk, this ends up as a poor commentary.
Called A Tapestry of Miracles, we get a 25-minute, 31-second program. It features Franklin, Dawson, executive producers Stephen Curry and Pastor Sam Rodriguez, Joyce Smith, John Smith, screenwriter Grant Nieporte, Pastor Jason Noble, tank coordinator Jon Stephenson, special effects coordinator Tony Kenny, underwater camera operator Braden Haggerty, musicians Lecrae and Phil Wickham, music producer Kirk Franklin, and actors Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Taylor Mosby, Marcel Ruiz, Topher Grace, Sam Trammell, and Mike Colter.
“Miracles” views the real events and the tale’s path to the screen, story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts, and music. A couple of minor insights emerge, but most of “Miracles” exists to tell us how amazing everything about the movie is. It’s tedious and uninformative.
Another featurette, Trapped in Icy Waters goes for six minutes, five seconds and looks at the real events behind the film. It views the subject matter from a fairly one-sided POV, but it’s interesting to hear from the people involved.
A Deleted Scene entitled “Carry My Soul” goes for three minutes, 41 seconds. It shows a musical performance that would’ve occurred late in the film. It’s pretty forgettable and would’ve bogged down the finale.
We can watch the scene with or without commentary from Dawson and Franklin. They tell us why it got cut and also praise it a lot. Their comments tend toward a little too much happy talk but they offer useful basics.
A Gallery includes 30 shots. It mixes images from the film, pictures from the set and publicity stills. It becomes a mediocre collection.
The disc opens with ads for The Kid Who Would Be King, Hidden Figures and The Miracle Season. We also get a trailer for Breakthrough.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Nreakthrough. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Sappy and sanctimonious, Breakthrough exists as a piece of faith-based propaganda and not much more. Despite the natural drama of the story, the film treats the material in such a simplistic, melodramatic manner that it becomes a chore to watch. The Blu-ray comes with very good picture, decent audio and mediocre supplements. Even the target audience should reject this thin gruel.