Crimson Peak appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie delivered fine visuals.
Sharpness looked strong. Virtually no softness emerged, as the film remained tight and concise. No issues with shimmering or jaggies emerged, and I noticed no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Given the movie’s genre and period setting, I hoped it’d go for an unusual palette, but instead, I found the typical teal and orange. The film tossed in some amber and red as well, but orange and teal ruled the day. Those choices continue to leave me cold, but the Blu-ray reproduces them accurately. Blacks looked deep and rich, while low-light shots offered nice clarity. This became a consistently appealing presentation.
Peak came with a DTS-X soundtrack that downconverted to DTS-HD MA 7.1 on my system. With plenty of creepy scenes, the mix often opened up to give us active information. These used the various speakers to create an involving, effective sense of these situations and circumstances. The elements meshed together well and moved in a satisfying manner.
Audio quality also pleased. Music was peppy and full, while dialogue sounded accurate and concise. Effects demonstrated good clarity and range, with fine low-end response as necessary. This wasn’t quite a demo-worthy track, but it fared well.
The Blu-ray includes many extras, and these start with an audio commentary from co-writer/director Guillermo del Toro. In his running, screen-specific chat, he discusses story/character areas, themes, cast and performances, sets and production design, music, effects, elements that make this a personal tale, inspirations and influences, and genre reflections.
As I mentioned in the body of my review, I tend to respect del Toro’s movies more than I enjoy them, and this excellent commentary reminds me why I feel that way. Del Toro relates his work in such detailed, thoughtful terms that I can't help but wish I got more out of his films. In any case, del Toro offers an insightful, fascinating chat about Crimson Peak.
Five Deleted Scenes take up a total of four minutes, 26 seconds. We find “The Park” (0:59), “Thomas’ Presentation” (0:53), “Father Consoles Daughter” (0:44), “Thomas Sees a Ghost” (0:48) and “Lucille at the Piano” (1:02). As one might expect from such short clips, these don’t add much. We get a little more exposition and character tidbits, but none of these seem significant.
Under I Remember Crimson Peak, we get four short pieces. We locate “The Gothic Corridor” (4:06), “The Scullery” (4:24), “The Red Clay Mines” (5:18) and “The Limbo Fog Set” (5:42). In these, we hear from del Toro and actors Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain. We get notes about sets and production design. Much of the information echoes thoughts found in the commentary, but behind the scenes footage adds to these clips.
A number of featurettes follow. A Primer on Gothic Romance runs five minutes, 36 seconds and includes notes from del Toro, Hiddleston, Wasikowska, Chastain and actors Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver. As implied by the title, “Primer” gives us a quick overview of this film’s genre. It brings a nice synopsis.
During the seven-minute, 53-second The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak, we hear from del Toro, Hunnam, Wasikowska, Chastain, Hiddleston, Beaver, set decorator Shane Vieau, costume designer Kate Hawley, and production designer Tom Sanders. “Dark” looks at the use of colors, visual design and lighting. This turns into a useful examination of those areas.
Next comes Hand Tailored Gothic. The eight-minute, 58-second shows features del Toro, Hawley, Wasikowska, Chastain, Hiddleston and producer Jon Jashni. As the title implies, “Gothic” looks at costume design. It offers another informative piece.
A Living Thing lasts 12 minutes, 11 seconds and gives us info from del Toro, Sanders, Hiddleston, Jashni, Hunnam, Vieau, producer Thomas Tull, and supervising art director Brandt Gordon, and key scenic Cameron Brooke. “Thing” examines the mansion set used in the film and brings us good insights about that subject.
With Beware of Crimson Peak, we find a seven-minute, 51-second segment with Hiddleston. The actor takes us on a tour of the mansion set. This allows us to see some details and the show expands on the info from “Living Thing”.
Finally, Crimson Phantoms goes for seven minutes, two seconds and features Chastain, del Toro, Wasikowska, Hiddleston, Hunnam, and makeup effects artist supervisors David Marti and Montse Ribe. “Phantoms” focuses on the design and execution of the film’s ghosts. As with its predecessors, it forms a tight overview.
The disc opens with ads for By the Sea, Legend, Straight Outta Compton, Steve Jobs, The Forest, Jarhead 3: The Siege and London Has Fallen. No trailer for Peak appears here.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Peak. It includes the commentary, the deleted scenes, “Beware” and “Light and Dark”.
Guillermo del Toro displays his usual visual flair with Crimson Peak but he fails to create an interesting story or characters. This leaves us with an attractive film that lacks much drama or intrigue. The Blu-ray delivers strong picture and audio as well as an informative set of supplements. I respect the artistry of Peak but the end result leaves me cold.