Den of Thieves appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer looked good.
Sharpness was fine. A little softness occurred in some wide shots, but those didn’t become a concern. Overall definition seemed solid.
I noticed no jagged edges or moiré effects, and the presentation lacked apparent edge haloes or other artifacts. I also saw no print flaws, as the movie always seemed clean.
In terms of palette, Den reflected Hollywood’s modern fascination with orange and teal. As tedious as that has become, the colors looked fine within the design parameters.
In addition, blacks were dark and tight, while low-light shots were decent; some could be a bit dense, but they weren’t bad. This was a positive presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added breadth to the experience. The movie didn’t deliver a consistently rock-em-sock-em soundscape, but it managed to open up well.
A few louder sequences – usually connected to action beats – made more dynamic use of the spectrum, but those didn’t pop up with great frequency. Instead, the emphasis on general environment remained, and that was fine, as I felt the soundfield fit the material.
Audio quality always pleased. Speech remained natural and concise, with no edginess or other flaws.
Music sounded full and dynamic, while effects came across as accurate and clear. All of this suited the film and earned a solid “B”.
On this Blu-ray, we find both the film’s theatrical version (2:20:28) and an unrated cut (2:28:49). I only screened the longer edition so I can’t compare the two, but I wanted to mention that both appear here.
Alongside the theatrical version, we find an audio commentary with writer/director Christian Gudegast and producer Tucker Tooley. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music and audio, stunts and action, effects, and related domains.
Tooley chips in a few thoughts, but Gudegast heavily dominates this chat, and he makes it fairly good. He touches on the important elements and provides a largely positive overview of the film.
An Alternate Ending runs four minutes, 51 seconds. This offers more of a “truncated ending” than an “alternate” one – it provides the same finale as the released movie but it ends earlier. That leaves us on without a clear resolution to the story, which is good or bad, depending on your POV.
Three featurettes follow, and Alpha Males goes for two minutes, six seconds and offers notes from actors O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber. We get basics about the characters in this short promo piece.
Into the Den lasts two minutes, six seconds and features Butler, Gudegast, Curtis Jackson, Schreiber, and O’Shea Jackson. This one covers story moments and offers another advertisement.
Finally, Alameda Corridor takes up three minutes, 13 seconds with notes from Gudegast, O’Shea Jackson, Butler, Curtis Jackson, Schreiber, executive producer Scott Lumpkin and SFX supervisor Yves DeBono.
“Corridor” looks at stunts/action for a major set piece. It’s better than its predecessors but still too short to tell us much.
In addition to two trailers, we find 11 Outtakes. These occupy a total of 23 minutes, 22 seconds and give us deleted scenes instead of the bloopers we might expect.
If you watched the Unrated Cut, most of these segments will look familiar, but they’re new to those who only saw the theatrical version. I like the fact viewers can see the added footage separate from the Unrated edition.
Note that a couple of unique segments pop up in the “Outtakes”. For instance, a scene in which Nick tries to reconcile with his estranged wife doesn’t appear in the Unrated Cut.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Den. It includes both cuts of the film as well as all the same extras.
If you hope Den of Thieves will bring anything fresh to the crime thriller genre, you’ll encounter disappointment. The movie aspires to a depth and meaning it can’t achieve. The Blu-ray presents very good picture and audio along with a decent array of supplements. Den delivers a wholly mediocre effort.