Cry Macho appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, this was an appealing transfer.
Sharpness looked strong most of the time. Some wider elements seemed a little tentative, but the image usually gave us a tight, well-defined image.
Jagged edges and moiré effects remained absent, while edge haloes also failed to appear. Print flaws stayed absent as well.
Because much of the film took place in the arid US Southwest, Macho opted for an amber/orange tone as well as some teal. These tones seemed predictable, but they worked fine within the movie’s design parameters and showed good delineation.
Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity and smoothness. I thought this was a consistently strong image.
I also felt pleased with the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Though not packed with action, the mix used the channels in an involving manner throughout much of the film.
This meant vehicles and environmental material all around the room, and the elements connected in a concise, smooth manner. Add to that music as a bold participant and the soundscape turned into an engaging partner.
Audio quality always satisfied. Music was dynamic and full, and effects followed suit, so those components came across as accurate and well-developed.
Speech seemed distinctive and crisp, without edginess or other issues. The audio worked fine for the material.
Two featurettes appear here, and Back in the Saddle spans 12 minutes, 13 seconds and provides comments from director/actor Clint Eastwood, producers Tim Moore and Albert S. Ruddy, 1st AD David M. Bernstein, director of photography Ben Davis, 2nd unit director Stephen S. Campanelli, production designer Ron Reiss, location manager Patrick O. Mignano, costume designer Deborah Hopper, and actors Dwight Yoakam, Eduardo Minnett, Horacio García-Rojas, Fernanda Urrejola and Natalia Traven.
“Saddle” looks at the project’s story/characters and path to the screen, cast and crew, photography, costumes and visual design. Too much of the usual praise arrives, but “Saddle” nonetheless offers a decent production overview.
Macho and the Mustangs goes for seven minutes, 19 seconds and features Eastwood, Bernstein, Moore, Campanelli, Minnett, head animal wrangler Lisa Brown and stunt coordinator Bob Brown.
“Mustangs” looks at elements related to the film’s animal performers. It becomes another moderately interesting reel.
Although I admire the fact Clint Eastwood continues to create movies in his 90s, Cry Macho shows him well past his prime as both director and actor. The film feels sluggish and dull. The Blu-ray boasts solid picture and audio along with minor bonus materials. If Cry Macho concludes Eastwood’s career, it would finish matters on a forgettable note.