Cold Pursuit appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a largely quality presentation.
For the most part, sharpness worked well. Some softness occasionally hit wide elements and interiors, but the majority of the movie boasted fairly accurate delineation.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects materialized, and I witnessed no instances of edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to mar the proceedings.
In the chilly Colorado climate, Pursuit went with teal much of the time, though occasional instances of other hues like orange materialized as well. While these didn’t dazzle, they seemed suitable for the design choices.
Blacks seemed dense and deep, while shadows offered appropriate smoothness and clarity. Outside of the periodic soft scenes, the image worked well.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack added oomph to the proceedings, as the soundscape opened up matters in a positive manner. Music offered nice breadth and filled the channels in a consistent manner.
With a mix of lively scenes, the soundfield offered a lot of chances for fireworks, and it used them well. All the various action components popped up and created an involving impression.
Audio quality appeared good, with speech that came across as natural and distinctive. Effects also seemed accurate and tight, with clear reproduction of these components.
Music worked well, as the songs/score boasted solid range and dimensionality. This became a more than satisfactory track for the film.
As we shift to extras, we begin with Welcome to Kehoe, a 26-minute, 49-second featurette with info from director Hans Petter Molland, producers Ameet Shukla and Michael Shamberg, screenwriter Frank Baldwin, costume designer Anne Pedersen, cinematographer Philip Ogaard, production designer Jorgen Stangebye Larsen, and actors Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson, Tom Bateman, Julia Jones, Tom Jackson, John Doman and Domenick Lombardozzi.
“Welcome” examines story and characters, genre/stylistic choices, cast and performances, costumes and production design, sets/locations and the original film and its adaptation.
With 26 minutes at its disposal, I expected decent depth from “Welcome”, but it only sporadically hits the mark. Much of it feels general and promotional, so don’t expect a lot of substance.
After this we get an Interview with Liam Neeson. During the eight-minute, 46-second reel, the actor discusses his character and performance as well as aspects of the shoot. Neeson produces some good notes.
An Interview with Director Hans Petter Moland lasts eight minutes, 20 seconds and features thoughts about the original film and its remake, cast and performances. It’s not the most focused reel, but like Neeson’s chat, it offers a few worthwhile insights.
Five Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 23 seconds. These tend toward fairly minor added character beats. They’re watchable but not especially compelling.
The disc opens with ads for Our Kind of Traitor, The Commuter and John Wick Chapter 3. We also find a trailer for Pursuit.
While Cold Pursuit looks like just another one-dimensional Liam Neeson revenge tale, it offers something deeper and more varied than that. These curveballs allow it to become a vivid, involving effort. The Blu-ray comes with generally good picture as well as solid audio and a few decent bonus features. Chalk up Cold Pursuit as a winner.