The Exception appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into a strong image.
Sharpness was good, as the movie appeared well-defined and concise. Any softness escaped me, as this delivered a precise, tight impression. No problems with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. In terms of print issues, no concerns materialized.
Much of the flick focused on an amber overtone, with blues thrown in for some exteriors. Within those constraints, the hues were appropriate and well-rendered.
Blacks seemed dark and tight, while shadows showed mostly good clarity. A few nighttime shots looked somewhat murky, but those were the exception. This became a solid “B+” presentation.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Exception also worked pretty well, and a few action elements offered the most active use of the spectrum. This was especially true during scenes with weapons fire, and a few other sequences used the channels in a satisfying way.
Most of the flick concentrated on environmental information, though, so don’t expect a lot of sizzle. Music showed nice breadth, and ambient material helped create a nice sense of place.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music showed good range and vivacity, while effects worked nicely. Those elements came across as accurate and full, with solid low-end response and positive definition. All of this added up to a “B”.
The disc’s extras open with an audio commentary from director David Leveaux. He offers a running, screen-specific look at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, the history behind the tale, cast and performances, music, sets and locations, cinematography and connected domains.
Only one issue mars this chat: dead air, as Leveaux goes MIA a little too often. Otherwise, he covers the film well and gives us a lot of good insights into his film.
Behind the Scenes of The Exception runs 19 minutes, 32 seconds and features Leveaux, producers Lou Pitt and Judy Tossell, and actors Christopher Plummer, Ben Daniels, Lily James, Janet McTeer, and Jai Courtney. “Scenes” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, and Leveaux’s impact on the production. This turns into a fairly superficial look at the film.
The disc opens with ads for Remember, The Lovers, Free Fire and The Blackcoat’s Daughter. No trailer for Exception appears here.
A mix of dull characters and passionless romance, The Exception brings us a forgettable film. While the basic premise shows merit, the execution sputters. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture as well as largely solid audio and a mostly informative commentary. Not even the great Christopher Plummer can redeem this lackluster effort.