Deliver Us From Evil appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a strong presentation.
Sharpness pleased, as the film appeared accurate and well-defined. No notable instances of softness showed up in this detailed image. Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
One expects a teal and orange palette from a 2014 thriller, and one finds those hues in Evil. As tired as I am of those colors, I must judge what I see, not what I want to see, and the Blu-ray replicated the tones with appropriate clarity and smoothness. Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots were good; the movie came with plenty of dark elements and presented them in a concise manner. In the end, the image worked well.
Evil didn’t present a tremendously ambitious DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundfield, but the audio seemed to accentuate the visuals well. It mixed creepy atmosphere with a mix of jolts and stings 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 rear, aggressive violent components added kick to the proceedings and made the mix more immersive and 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 appeared accurate and concise, with positive punch. Everything suited the film and turned this into a “B+” track.
When we head to extras, we launch with an audio commentary from writer/director Scott Derrickson. In this running, screen-specific chat, Derrickson discusses the film’s origins and development, the material based on real people/situations, story/character/script areas, music, cast and performances, sets and locations, and a mix of other domains.
Derrickson provides a wholly satisfying commentary. He touches on a wide variety of movie notes and also gets into interesting related areas like his thoughts on genre and the supernatural. The track moves well and delivers a fine examination of the film.
Four featurettes follow. Illuminating Evil goes for 13 minutes, 36 seconds and includes notes from Derrickson, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, co-writer Paul Harris Boardman, Beware the Night author Ralph Sarchie, production designer Bob Shaw and actors Eric Bana, Eric Ramirez, Joel McHale, and Olivia Munn. “Illuminating” looks at the flick’s path to the screen and real-life influences, cast, characters and performances, and shooting in the Bronx. It’s nice to see the real Sarchie and a few decent notes emerge here, but a fair amount of the info already appears in Derrickson’s commentary, so “Illuminating” can be a bit redundant.
During the eight-minute, 25-second Deliver Us From Demons, we hear from Derrickson and prosthetic makeup designer Mike Marino. “Demons” looks at makeup effects as well as the performance of actor Sean Harris. I like the emphasis on Marino’s work in this tight little piece.
The Two Sergeants lasts eight minutes, five seconds and features Derrickson, Bana and Sarchie. The show looks at Sarchie the person and Sarchie the character. It becomes another good look at movie areas.
Finally, The Demon Detective fills nine minutes, 37 seconds with info from Sarchie and Derrickson. This one discusses Sarchie’s work, with an emphasis on his religious views and demonology. I continue to enjoy the glimpses of the real Sarchie, so this show completes the featurettes well.
The disc opens with ads for No Good Deed, The Equalizer, The Remaining, Predestination, Grace: The Possession and The Callling. These appear under Previews as well. No trailer for Evil shows up here.
Given the mediocre quality of modern horror, I didn’t expect greatness from Deliver Us From Evil - and I didn’t find greatness. That said, the movie brings us a pretty good take on the exorcism genre and does more right than wrong. The Blu-ray delivers solid picture and audio along with bonus materials highlighted by an excellent commentary. Evil ends up as a mostly satisfying supernatural thriller.