Derailed appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The transfer seemed acceptable but not anything special.
Sharpness was usually fine. Some moments came across as moderately soft and ill-defined, but the flick mostly appeared reasonably accurate and concise. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, but I noticed a bit of edge enhancement. A few source flaws also crept into the transfer. The flick could be somewhat grainy, and I saw a few specks.
Colors tended to be subdued. Some of that stemmed from production design, as this kind of flick prefers a low-key palette. However, I thought the tones were a little weaker than normal, at least during the first act. Blacks appeared pretty deep and dense, while shadows were clean and smooth. Enough small concerns manifested themselves to make this a “B-“ transfer, but it was perfectly watchable.
Not too many sparks flew from the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Derailed, but it served the material well. The soundfield concentrated on the front channels, though some elements opened things up to an acceptable degree. Music showed nice stereo presence, and the effects offered a good feeling of environment. A few action sequences added a little more zest, though these weren’t frequent. Instead, the mix usually stayed with general ambience, which it delivered well.
Audio quality was solid. Speech seemed natural and distinctive, with no issues connected to intelligibility or edginess. Music was concise and lively. Effects fell into the same category, as they showed good accuracy and definition. Though the soundtrack never became anything special, it worked fine for this sort of movie.
Only a few extras round out the package. We get three Deleted Scenes. Viewed via the “Play All” option, they fill a total of 10 minutes, 38 seconds. At seven minutes, 27 seconds, the first clip – “Amy’s Sequence” – is easily the meatiest. It shows teenage Amy in the hospital and a little more of Charles’ paranoia about LaRoche. It’s almost totally superfluous, though at least it gives both Timlin and George more to do.
As for the other scenes, we get “No More Dialysis” (1:11) and “Deanna’s Affair” (2:00). “Dialysis” is unneeded exposition, while “Affair” is unnecessary. None of the cut scenes belonged in the film, so they were good omissions.
A featurette called The Making of Derailed goes for eight minutes, 15 seconds. It offers movie snippets, behind the scenes shots, and comments from director Mikael Hafstrom, actors Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Xzibit, RZA and Vincent Cassel, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and screenwriter Stuart Beattie. They go over basic plot and character points, casting and performances, and the work of the director. This is the standard promotional fluff, so don’t expect to learn anything from it.
The set includes the theatrical trailer for Derailed and a few ads open the DVD. We get promos for Scary Movie 4, Transamerica and The Matador.
A rather mediocre thriller, Derailed never engages. It’s too easy to read as it makes sure we can tell where it’ll go way in advance. The DVD offers decent picture and audio but skimps on extras. Pass on this lackluster effort.