Concussion appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. This was an appealing presentation.
Sharpness worked well, as only a sliver of softness crept into the occasional wide shot. Overall definition remained positive, though, without real intrusions into that area.
I saw no evidence of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Colors tended toward a mix of teal and amber much of the time, and the Blu-ray depicted the hues well. The palette didn’t sizzle, but the tones seemed well-rendered within the design choices, and the disc’s HDR added a bit of warmth to these elements.
Blacks appeared dark and tight, while low-light shots demonstrated nice clarity and delineation. The HDR contributed nice punch to whites and contrast. I felt pleased with this high-quality presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack worked fine, as the mix brought the variety of settings to life. Various environmental bits filled the spectrum nicely, and various action beats used the speakers in a dynamic way.
Audio quality appeared positive as well, with natural, concise speech. Music showed nice range and vivacity.
Effects came across as clean and accurate, with very good bass response. The soundtrack added to the movie’s impact.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos audio added a little dimensionality to the mix, but given the character-driven nature of the story, the changes seemed modest.
As for visuals, the 4K felt a little better defined, and colors came across as somewhat more vivid. Though the 4K became the more impressive presentation, the nature of the source meant it didn’t turn into a major upgrade.
A few extras appear here, and we start with an audio commentary from writer/director Peter Landesman. He offers a running, screen-specific look at story and characters, cast and performances, music, sets and locations, facts and historical liberties, and related topics.
Despite occasional lulls, Landesman largely provides an engaging chat. He covers a nice array of subjects and does so in a positive way to make this a pretty useful commentary.
Additional extras appear on the included Blu-ray disc, and nine Deleted Scenes span a total of 12 minutes, 52 seconds. These tend toward minor character/expository sequences – with one exception.
In one scene, we see that Dr. Omalu’s cousin, Amobi Okoye, a star college football player. The two speak, as Dr. Omalu tries to convince Okoye to quit. It offers good character insight and should’ve made the final film.
Two featurettes follow, and Inside the True Story runs 11 minutes, 10 seconds. It brings notes from Dr. Bennet Omalu, Dr. Julian Bailes, Dr. Cyril Wecht, Dr. Ronald Hamilton, and actors Will Smith.
As implied by the title, “Story” examines the events behind the movie’s fictionalized version. I like this chance to hear from the real people behind the tale.
Crafting Concussion lasts 12 minutes, 55 seconds and involves Landesman, Smith, Dr. Omalu, journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas, producers Ridley Scott, Elizabeth Cantillon and Giannina Scott, executive producer David Crockett, location manager Kent Jackson, production designer David Crank, and actors David Morse, Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
“Crafting” looks at the source article and its path to the screen, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations. This veers toward promotional fare, but “Crafting” comes with enough substance to merit a look.
The Blu-ray disc opens with ads for The Walk, Risen, Money Monster, Miracles from Heaven, Moneyball and and Truth. No trailer for Concussion appears here.
At its heart, Concussion involves a compelling tale. However, the movie comes with such a heavy-handed, one-dimensional approach to the subject matter that it fails to deliver an engaging drama. The 4K UHD brings good picture and audio along with a decent roster of bonus materials. I wanted to like Concussion but thought it seemed too cliché.
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