Copycat appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.401 on this Blu-Ray Disc. While not bad, the transfer seemed fairly mediocre.
Overall sharpness was decent to good. Wider shots and interiors could be somewhat iffy, as those elements lacked great delineation. Still, the majority of the movie offered acceptable definition.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to become a factor, so I saw a speck or two but nothing more intrusive than that.
The film opted for a fairly natural palette that seemed lackluster. Colors were acceptably bright and full but not particularly strong; though the hues lacked prominent weaknesses, they simply didn’t come across as especially dynamic.
Blacks were reasonably dark and dense, but shadows tended to be a little murky. In the end, the image was good enough for a “C+”.
I didn’t find much to make the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack memorable either. The soundscape gave us a reasonable sense of place but lacked much to make it stand out as particularly involving.
We got good stereo score and a general sense of place without elements that added much else to the mix. The track focused mostly on the front speakers and used the surrounds as general reinforcement, so don’t expect much pizzazz here.
Audio quality was acceptable. Speech tended to be somewhat metallic, but the lines remained intelligible.
Music showed decent range and clarity, while effects had similar tones. Those elements could’ve been more impressive, but they displayed adequate accuracy and heft. Nothing here stood out as problematic, but nothing became impressive, either.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find an audio commentary. Director Jon Amiel provides a running, screen-specific discussion of music and audio design, camerawork and visuals, cast, characters and performances, sets and locations, editing, and some other areas.
While Amiel provides decent info about the movie, the commentary lacks good flow. At times, he just narrates the film, and plenty of dead air occurs. Amiel does deliver occasional insights about the movie, so we learn a reasonable amount about it, but the commentary’s flaws make it a moderately frustrating listen.
Amusing goof: if I heard correctly, Amiel occasionally referred to the lead character as “Helen Hunter”. I don’t know if this was a slip due to the film’s casting of Holly Hunter, if it was a mistake related to the name “Helen Hunt”, both or neither, but it was funny to me.
In 1995, Copycat suffered because it compared poorly to the same era’s Se7en. In 2021, Copycat suffers because it offers a trite, lackluster movie. The Blu-ray brings decent picture and audio as well as a mediocre audio commentary. You can find much better serial killer films.