Everly appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though mostly appealing, the image came with some inconsistencies.
Deviations in definition accounted for all of these. While the majority of the flick showed good accuracy and delineation, occasional instances of softness occurred. I suspect these were the result of the original photography, but I couldn’t determine a logical reason for these soft shots, so they became a perplexing distraction.
I saw no signs of moiré effects or jagged edges, and the movie lacked edge haloes. In addition, print flaws failed to become an issue, as the movie lacked specks, marks or other defects.
As one would expect from a modern action movie, Everly opted for a stylized palette. It tended toward an amber feel – though the colors varied as the movie progressed - and the hues looked fine within those constraints. Blacks looked dark and tight, and low-light shots showed reasonable clarity. Most of the movie seemed well-rendered, but those odd bouts of softness dropped my grade to a “B-“.
With lots of action, Everly delivered a lively soundfield. As anticipated, battle sequences offered the most vivid moments, as they filled the room with firepower and mayhem. Quieter scenes delivered some involving material, too, as these offered localized speech and other tidbits that created a good sense of environment.
Audio quality worked fine. Speech was natural and distinct, while music seemed full and dynamic. Effects showed positive clarity and dimensionality. The mix added to the movie’s impact.
As we shift to extras, we locate two separate audio commentaries. Titled the “creative feature commentary”, the first involves director Joe Lynch, co-producer Brett Hedblom and editor Evan Schiff. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at the movie's origins and development, story/character/script areas, sets and locations, editing, action and stunts, cast and performances, effects, music/sound, and other topics.
From start to finish, we get a dynamic and enthusiastic commentary here. The guys chat non-stop and deliver a bunch of good details about the movie. They do so with gusto and make this a consistently delightful discussion.
Called the “technical feature commentary”, the second track includes director Joe Lynch and cinematographer Steve Gainer. The two men sit together for another running, screen-specific discussion that concentrates on cinematography but also covers set and production design, color schemes, effects, cast and performances, working in Serbia and other domains.
Though “technical commentaries” can be dry, that doesn’t become an issue here. Frankly, Lynch could discuss a box of Triscuits and make it interesting. Gainer provides a lively personality as well, so the pair combine to give us a fun and informative piece.
We also get a music video for Raya Yarbrough’s rendition of “Silent Night”. Directed by Joe Lynch, the black and white video shows Yarbrough as she lip-synchs and emotes for the camera. It’s a moody piece but not a good one.
The disc opens with ads for Monsters: Dark Continent, Snowpiercer and Horns. No trailer for Everly appears here.
Despite a promising premise, Everly degenerates into a forgettable action affair. The mayhem doesn’t prove explosive enough to overcome thin characters and a weak plot. The Blu-ray comes with erratic visuals, solid audio and two informative commentaries. I respect this film’s attempts to be different but the end result leaves me fairly cold.