Brightburn appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong visual presentation.
Sharpness always satisfied. Nary a sliver of softness interfered with the image, as it seemed concise and accurate.
No issues with jagged edges materialized, and I saw no edge haloes. In addition, the movie lacked any print flaws.
Like most modern action movies, Brightburn favored a mix of ambers and blues. These seemed uncreative but the disc brought them out as intended.
Blacks seemed dark and dense, while shadows mostly looked smooth and clear, though a few nighttime shots could feel a bit opaque. Overall, this was a positive presentation.
Along similar lines, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack fared well, as it brought us a vivid sonic impression. Of course, the film’s action scenes worked best, as the mix used the various channels to involve us in the material.
Quieter scenes boasted a nice sense of environment as well, and music added solid stereo presence to the music. The soundscape kicked into gear often and formed a seamless package.
Audio quality followed suit, with speech that appeared concise and distinctive. Music sounded full and lush as well.
As expected, effects became the most prominent aspect of the mix, and those elements seemed accurate and dynamic, with taut low-end when appropriate. This became a satisfying soundtrack for an action film.
A few extras accompany the movie, and we open with an audio commentary from director David Yarovesky, cinematographer Michael Dallatorre and costume designer Autumn Steed Yarovesky. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, costumes and visual design, effects, music and related domains.
Expect a pretty rollicking chat, as the three participants interact well. They cover the movie in a dynamic manner and make this a fun, informative reel.
With Nature Vs. Nurture, we get a five-minute, five-second featurette with notes from producer James Gunn, executive producer Simon Hatt, and actors David Denman, Elizabeth Banks, and Jackson A. Dunn.
“Nature” offers some character and story basics. It feels pretty superficial, so don’t expect much from it.
Hero-Horror runs four minutes, 46 seconds and features Yarovesky, Gunn, Banks, Hatt, Denman, and Dunn. It touches on cast and performances but it remains fairly fluffy and insubstantial.
Under Quick Burns Social Vignettes, we get three short pieces: “Elizabeth Bank” (0:38), “James Gunn” (1:12) and “David Yarovesky” (0:56). Expect more general promotional material, though Yarovesky’s allusion to a potential sequel is mildly intriguing.
The disc opens with ads for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, The Intruder, Men In Black: International, Searching and Escape Room. No trailer for Brightburn appears here.
An unusual spin on the standard superhero origin story, Brightburn creates a dark, compelling tale. With an ominous tone and strong performances, it becomes a winning effort. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture and audio along with a few bonus materials. Brightburn ends up as a worthwhile entry in the genre.