The Finest Hours appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a terrific presentation.
At all times, sharpness seemed solid. Nary a smidgen of softness interfered, as the film remained tight and well-defined. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and the image lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
Despite the period setting, Hours went with the teal and orange typical of many modern movies. I wasn’t wild about this choice, but the execution seemed good, as the tones looked well-rendered. Blacks appeared deep and dense, and shadows were smooth and clear. Given all the low-light shots on the sea, that last factor became especially important. Ultimately, the image worked very well.
Similar praise greeted the excellent DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Hours. With all the storms and mayhem at sea, the mix boasted many opportunities to shine, and it took great advantage of them. These moments used all the channels in a vivid, dynamic manner that engulfed the viewer in the action.
Even quieter scenes still delivered a nice sense of place. These created a good impression of atmosphere and managed to form locations with nice nuance.
Audio quality consistently succeeded. Speech was natural and concise, while music seemed full and rich. Effects became the most impressive factor, as those elements appeared accurate and powerful, with terrific low-end. This turned into a really satisfying mix that added a lot to the experience.
As we shift to extras, we start with Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story. In this 14-minute, 10-second show, we hear from co-authors Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias, producers Dorothy Aufiero and James Whiteaker, director Craig Gillespie, 36500 lifeboat coxswains Richard Ryder and Donald St. Pierre, and Chatman MA residents Robert Ryder, Roger Williams, Mike and Phyllis Nickerson-Power, Webber’s daughter Pattie Hamilton, Frances, Suzanna and Steve Nickerson, Jane Nickerson-West, Edith Hardy and Benjamin Goodspeed. “Story” gives basics about the facts behind the movie’s tale. The show seems too brief to offer a lot of detail, but it works fine, and it’s nice to hear from some of the people connected to the events.
Four more brief featurettes follow. We see Brotherhood (1:49), Two Crews (2:02), What Is Your Finest Hour? (1:02) The Finest Inspiration (1:42). Across these, we find comments from Gillespie, US Coast Guard’s Jennifer Williams, Jamie Kim, Zach Diulio, John Pruitt, and Gina Miele, and actors Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, John Magaro, Kyle Gallner, and Ben Foster. These look at story/characters, cast and performances, and some real-life Coast Guard tales. All four remain superficial.
Two deleted scenes appear: “A Desperate Idea” (2:34) and “The Story of How They Met” (1:53). “Idea” focuses on the Pendleton crew’s efforts to survive, while “Story” gives a little more background about the Bernie/Miriam relationship. Both seem interesting but not crucial.
The disc opens with ads for Finding Dory and Zootopia. No trailer for Hours appears here.
An adventure with a classic feel, The Finest Hours doesn’t try to reinvent wheels. Instead, it sticks with a sturdy framework to provide an effective and emotional tale. The Blu-ray offers excellent picture and audio but skimps on supplements. Hours winds up as a solid dramatic experience.