The Equalizer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, this was an appealing transfer.
Sharpness always looked strong. No signs of softness marred the presentation, as it gave us a tight, well-defined image. Jagged edges and moiré effects remained absent, while edge haloes and digital noise reduction also failed to appear. Print flaws stayed absent as well.
Like most modern films of this sort, Equalizer went with teal and orange. These tones seemed predictable, but they worked fine within the movie’s design parameters and showed good delineation. Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows usually showed nice clarity and smoothness; a few scenes were a bit dense, but those weren’t an issue. I felt this was a consistently strong image.
I also felt pleased with the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack. With a fair amount of action on display, the mix used the channels in an involving manner throughout the majority of the film. This meant cars, gunfire and other mayhem all around the room, and the elements connected in a concise, smooth manner. Add to that music as a bold partner and the soundscape turned into an aggressive partner.
Audio quality always satisfied. Music was dynamic and full, and effects followed suit; those components came across as accurate and wel-developed. Speech seemed distinctive and crisp, without edginess or other issues. Everything impressed in this strong soundtrack.
The Blu-ray comes with a decent array of extras, and we start with an interactive feature called Vengeance Mode. With this activated, the movie branches off nine times to present featurettes about the production. All together, the clips add up to 22 minutes, 35 seconds of material.
In these, we hear from director Antoine Fuqua and actors Denzel Washington as they discuss story and characters, cast and performances, themes and visual motifs, fight choreography and stunts, and related areas.
The content of “Vengeance Mode” works pretty well, as Fuqua and Washington offer a mix of useful details. However, the format leaves a lot to be desired, as it creates persistent, annoying interruptions during the film. This would work better as a traditional interview featurette, and at the very least, the Blu-ray should’ve given us a way to watch the material separate from the movie.
Six featurettes follow. Inside The Equalizer goes for seven minutes, 51 seconds and provides info from Washington, Fuqua, screenwriter Richard Wenk, producers Jason Blumenthal and Todd Black, and actors Melissa Leo, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour and Bill Pullman. “Inside” looks at story and characters. It doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know.
During the six-minute, 56-second Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero, we hear from Washington, Moretz, Harbour, Leo, Blumenthal, Black, Fuqua, Wenk, Pullman and actor Marton Csokas. “Superhero” examines Washington’s casting and his work in the movie. A few decent thoughts emerge, but the show mostly praises Washington.
With Equalizer Vision, we see a seven minute, six second piece that gives us details from Fuqua, Black, Blumenthal, Washington, Wenk, Leo, Pullman, Harbour, Moretz, and Csokas. This one views Fuqua’s impact on the production, with an emphasis on the lead character. Some interesting elements show up here, even with a fair amount of happy talk.
Next comes the five-minute, 23-second Children of the Night. It features Blumenthal, Black, Fuqua, Moretz, Washington and Wenk. We learn about Moretz’s role and performance as well as info about teen prostitutes. This becomes another unexceptional piece with a few good notes.
One Man Army lasts six minutes, 40 seconds and offers material from Blumenthal, Fuqua, Washington, Wenk, and stunt coordinator Keith Woulard. “Army” tells us about the movie’s action and fight material. Despite its brevity, this becomes a pretty informative featurette.
Finally, Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time fills two minutes, 11 seconds. It provides a fake ad for Home Mart that uses movie scenes in a cute way. It gives us a clever promo piece.
A Still Gallery offers 52 photos. These give us shots from the movie and from the set. Nothing here shines, but I do like the interface; it offers thumbnails at the bottom of the screen, and these make it much easier than usual to find specific images.
The disc opens with ads for Fury, No Good Deed, Foxcatcher, When the Game Stands Tall, Powers and Predestination. No trailer for Equalizer appears here.
A mixed bag, The Equalizer expands the TV series in an intriguing manner and comes with good performances and action. However, it plods a lot of the time due to the lack of interesting story, and its graphic violence can be a bit tough to take. The Blu-ray brings us very good picture and audio with an erratic set of supplements. Equalizer has its moments but lacks consistency.