Drive Hard appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. From start to finish, the transfer seemed strong.
Sharpness looked good. No issues with softness occurred, as the movie remained tight and precise at all times. Jaggies and shimmering failed to distract, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any source flaws and was consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Drive Hard went with subdued tones, as the movie tended toward an amber feel; some blues cropped up as well and other shots gave us livelier hues. These looked appropriate and filled out well. Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted. The image offered a solid “A-” presentation.
Given the subject matter, I expected a high-octane DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack from Drive Hard. To my surprise, though, this became a bland mix.
Rather than use the five channels to involve us in all the driving action, the soundscape maintained an odd focus on the front channels. In those speakers, we found reasonable stereo spread to the music and effects movement that seemed acceptable, if not especially engaging.
While underwhelming, at least the forward domain added some life. In a perplexing move, the back speakers offered little involvement throughout the film. They threw out some ambience and general reinforcement of the front, but they seemed strangely passive. An action/car-oriented flick like this should bring us a dynamic soundscape, but that didn’t occur in the passive, bland mix heard here.
Audio quality was fine. Speech appeared concise and intelligible, with no obvious issues. Music showed fair dimensionality, and effects displayed good clarity and accuracy. This wasn’t a terrible track, but it lacked the expected pizzazz.
The disc opens with ads for The Numbers Station, Rage, Tomorrow You’re Gone and Odd Thomas. We also get a DVD copy of Drive Hard, but we find no movie-related extras on either platter.
If you come to Drive Hard in hopes of a sizzling action movie, you’ll leave disappointed. This affair lacks much drama or excitement, as it delivers a chatty piece without much cleverness or fun along the way. The Blu-ray presents excellent visuals but audio seems lackluster and no supplements appear. Drive Hard could’ve been fun but it ends up as a dull disappointment