Crawl appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image offered the expected high quality affair.
Overall sharpness appeared solid. A few slightly soft shots materialized along the way, but they stayed minor and negligible.
The image lacked shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes failed to mar the presentation. I also didn’t see any print flaws.
Hello, orange and teal! Crawl emphasized the modern palette, and the results seemed fine. The colors didn’t overcome their stylistic restrictions, but they appeared appropriate.
Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows seemed smooth and clear. The movie gave us a strong transfer.
I also felt pleased with the immersive DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Crawl, as the audio accentuated the visuals well. It mixed creepy atmosphere with a mix of jolts and “assault moments” from the rear.
In the front, the track showed good stereo music and presented various elements in a logical and natural manner. The elements blended neatly and created a seamless sense of the environment. From the back, thunder/rain and aggressive violent components added kick to the proceedings and made the mix more involving.
Audio quality seemed positive. Dialogue consistently appeared natural and crisp, with no edginess or intelligibility issues on display.
Music was clear and dynamic. The score seemed broadly reproduced and complemented the mix nicely.
Effects always were distinctive and concise, and the mix boasted fine clarity for the louder moments. Bass response always seemed rich and firm. This became a pretty terrific track.
As we shift to extras, we find a few featurettes, and we open with Beneath Crawl. It fills 28 minutes, five seconds with notes from director Alexandre Aja, producers Craig Flores and Sam Raimi, screenwriters Shawn Rasmussen and Michael Rasmussen, production designer Alan Gilmore, special effects supervisor Gareth Wingrove, director of photography Maxim Alexandre, and actors Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario.
“Beneath” looks at how Aja came to the project, story/characters/screenplay, cast and performances, sets and locations, photography and effects. This becomes a fairly useful overview of different production areas.
Next comes Category 5 Gators, an 11-minute, 37-second reel with Alexandre Aja, Raimi, Flores, visual effects supervisors Thomas Montminy-Brodeur and Keith Kolder, CG supervisor Laurent Pancaccini, makeup effects designer Adrien Morot, and compositing supervisor Stephane Rioux.
“Gators” focuses on visual effects, with an emphasis on the movie’s reptilian predators as well as damage done to humans. It gives us a satisfying exploration of these subjects.
Finally, Alligator Attacks goes for one minute, 32 seconds. It simply offers a bloody compilation of violent amphibian assaults.
Presented as a “motion comic”, an Alternate Opening lasts four minutes, 49 seconds. This sets up the premise of storm-related alligator attacks.
On its own, it creates a decent opening to the film, and it gets to violent action quicker than the released movie does. However, it focuses on characters we never see again, so it feels disconnected from Crawl and superfluous.
A 25-second intro from Alexandre Aja just tells us we’re going to see an alternate opening. It’s painless but worthless.
Three Deleted/Extended Scenes fill a total of six minutes, three seconds. We find “I Guess I’m Off the Team” (0:43), “You Were Never Going to Evacuate” (2:21) and “Don’t Quit on Me” (2:59).
All three concentrate on some character moments. None of them seem especially compelling, though “Evacuate” gives a little more info about family dynamics.
A second disc brings a DVD copy of Crawl. It lacks any extras.
Potentially an exciting twist on the animal attack genre, Crawl doesn’t turn into anything special. Even at a brief 87 minutes, the movie seems slow and uncompelling. The Blu-ray brings strong picture and audio along with a decent set of supplements. Crawl fails to muster tension or thrills.