Foxcatcher appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The understated image suited the movie.
Sharpness seemed fine. A few shots were a smidgen soft, but those fit the film’s style and created no concerns. The picture lacked shimmering or jagged edges, and I saw no signs of edge haloes. Print flaws failed to crop up here.
As one might expect, colors stayed subdued. The movie tended toward a brownish tint much of the time that fit its settings and tone, though wrestling matches delivered peppier hues. These worked well for the material. Blacks seemed dark and dense, and low-light shots depicted good clarity. I felt this was a satisfactory representation of the film.
I didn’t expect much from the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, and I got the quiet experience I anticipated. The mix came to life most obviously during wrestling scenes, as those filled out the speakers well.
Otherwise, this remained a low-key mix. Music showed nice stereo spread, but much of the rest of the time, I thought the audio did little with the various speakers. Even shots on aircraft didn’t broaden the spectrum especially well. Given the movie’s focus, though, I didn’t mind this.
Audio quality satisfied. Speech appeared distinctive and natural, with no edginess or other issues. The movie’s spare score came across well, and effects seemed accurate and concise. I felt the soundtrack suited the story.
Only a handful of extras show up here, and we open with a featurette called The Story of Foxcatcher. It fills 16 minutes, 20 seconds with comments from producer/director Bennett Miller, producer Jon Kilik, makeup department head Bill Corso, supervising sound editor Paul Hsu, production designer Jess Gonchor, Dave Schultz’s wife Nancy, Mark Schultz, and actors Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Sienna Miller. The program looks at the movie’s path to the screen, story/character areas, wrestling training, cast and performances, makeup, sound design, sets and locations, and the film’s tone.
Despite its short length, “Story” delivers a fairly good overview of the production. It touches on a variety of useful subjects and does so with reasonable depth. A commentary would’ve been preferred, but “Story” works better than expected given its running time.
Two Deleted Scenes occupy a total of five minutes, eight seconds. We find “Conference Call” (3:15) and “Where’s Dave?” (1:53). “Call” does a bit to highlight du Pont’s odd behavior, while “Dave” shows Mark’s testy relationship with his sister-in-law.
As much as I thought Foxcatcher needed more “overt” character/story material, these scenes show I might’ve been wrong – at least as the filmmakers would’ve explored the topics. While these scenes add more information, they do so in a ham-fisted manner.
The disc opens with ads for Whiplash, Red Army, Mr. Turner, Love Is Strange and Leviathan. We also get the trailer for Foxcatcher.
An ending with a movie attached, Foxcatcher provides a slow drama. With 134 minutes at its disposal, it should give us a rich character study, but instead it simply meanders and goes nowhere. The Blu-ray provides good picture and appropriate audio along with some minor bonus materials. At the core of Foxcatcher, there’s an interesting story to be told, but the movie seems too dull to succeed.