Destroyer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was an appealing presentation.
Sharpness worked well, as only a sliver of softness crept into the occasional wide shot. Overall definition remained positive, though, without real intrusions into that area.
I saw no evidence of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Colors tended toward a mix of teal and amber much of the time, and the Blu-ray depicted the hues well. The palette didn’t sizzle, but the tones seemed well-rendered within the design choices.
Blacks appeared dark and tight, while low-light shots demonstrated nice clarity and delineation. I felt pleased with this high-quality presentation.
In addition, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked fine, as the mix brought the variety of natural settings to life. Various environmental bits filled the spectrum nicely, and various action beats used the speakers in a dynamic way.
Audio quality appeared positive as well, with natural, concise speech. Music showed nice range and vivacity.
Effects came across as clean and accurate, with very good bass response. The soundtrack added to the movie’s impact.
A few extras fill out the disc, and we find two separate audio commentaries, the first of which comes from director Karyn Kusama. She provides a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, photography, music, cast and performances, sets and locations, editing, sets and locations, and other domains.
Kusama brings us a solid discussion of the film. We get an introspective, rich view of the production in this informative chat.
For the second commentary, we hear from screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific discussion of story and characters, aspects of the screenplay, cast and performances, sets and locations, and connected topics.
While not a bad track, this one feels a bit flat. Manfredi and Hay touch on a decent array of subjects but I can’t claim that we learn a lot of useful material. Though this becomes a listenable discussion, it doesn’t add as many insights as I might expect.
Breakdown of an Anti-Hero runs 19 minutes, six seconds and involves Kusama, Hay, Manfredi, costume designer Audrey Fisher, makeup designer Bill Corso, producer Fred Berger, and actors Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.
“Breakdown” gets into story and characters, cast and performances, costumes and makeup, stunts and action, locations, photography and Kusama’s impact on the production. Despite some of the usual happy talk, this becomes a fairly efficient look at aspects of the film’s creation.
A Gallery presents 12 images from the film and set. It becomes wholly forgettable.
The disc opens with ads for Vice and If Beale Street Could Talk, and Sneak Peek throws in a clip for Sorry to Bother You as well. We also get a trailer for Destroyer.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Destroyer. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
A glum, dark thriller, Destroyer doesn’t turn me off due to its subject matter. However, it does lose me somewhat because of the erratic manner in which the story comes our way. The Blu-ray brings largely solid picture and audio along with a smattering of bonus materials. The actors make Destroyer worth a look but it doesn’t wholly satisfy.