Cherry Tree appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, the image worked well.
Sharpness seemed satisfying. A smidgen of softness crept into a few wide shots, but those remained minor. Nothing prevented the picture from a general sense of crispness. I noticed no issues with jaggies or shimmering, and edge enhancement caused no problems. Source flaws also failed to appear.
Tree went with standard orange and teal. Within the parameters of those choices – as cliché as they may be - the colors appeared well-defined, and the movie did throw in some reds to shake up the visuals. Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows seemed clear. This was a high-quality presentation.
I also felt pleased with the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1. Though not a rock-em sock-em soundtrack, the audio opened up well on enough occasions to create a useful soundscape.
This occurred most prominently during scare scenes, as those used the channels in an involving manner. Other sequences seemed less stimulating, but they still created a pretty good sense of environment.
Audio quality satisfied. Speech was natural and distinctive, while the mostly low-key score showed solid range and clarity. Effects appeared accurate and dynamic, with good punch when necessary. In the end, the soundtrack suited the story.
A Making of featurette lasts 11 minutes, 58 seconds. It offers notes from director David Keating, producer John McDonnell, writer/producer Brendan McCarthy, makeup and prosthetic designer Stephanie Smith, zoologist Michel Dugon, physical and digital effects designers Aoife Noonan and Ben O’Connor, production designer John Hand, and actors Naomi Battrick, Anna Walton, and Sam Hazeldine. We learn about story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, makeup and effects, and general thoughts. This becomes a mediocre look behind the scenes.
The disc opens with ads for Convergence, Deathgasm, Emelie and Traders. We also get the trailer for Cherry Tree.
Based on my experiences with the director’s last film, I hoped Cherry Tree would present a good horror experience. Unfortunately, all the positives I gleaned from that prior movie failed to emerge here, as Tree presents a derivative, campy tale without much merit. The Blu-ray brings us pretty good picture and audio but it lacks notable bonus features. Skip this lackluster thriller.