Freaks appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The film came with a fairly good image.
For the most part, sharpness seemed positive. Occasionally, I saw a bit of softness, especially during interiors.
However, the majority of the film delivered nice clarity and accuracy. I saw no jagged edges or moiré effects, and the presentation lacked source defects.
In terms of palette, Freaks tended to mix teal and orange. This never became a dynamic set of hues, but the colors seemed appropriately rendered.
Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows looked smooth and clear. In the end, the image remained generally solid.
Overall, Freaks came with a fairly restrained DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundscape. The mix did pop to life on occasion.
Some violent scenes used the various channels well, and a few other scenes brought us pretty involving use of the different speakers. However, those remained in the minority, as most of the track focused on music and general ambience.
Audio quality seemed satisfactory. Music was full and rich, while effects appeared accurate and dynamic.
Dialogue always came across as smooth and natural. Nothing here dazzled, but the soundtrack worked fine for the story.
A few extras fill out the disc, and we launch with an audio commentary from writers/directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the film’s path to the screen, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music and audio, various effects, and related domains.
Energetic and engaged, Lipovsky and Stein provide a pretty terrific commentary. They delve into the different filmmaking elements with gusto and make this an informative discussion of the movie.
A Behind the Scenes featurette runs 15 minutes, 29 seconds and offers notes from Stein, and actors Lexy Kolker, Grace Park, Amanda Crew and Bruce Dern.
“Scenes” examines story/characters, cast and performances, the work of the directors, and various stunts/effects. A few good shots from the set emerge along with a handful of insights, but most of “Scenes” feels fairly superficial.
The disc opens with ads for Abigail, First Love and The Divine Fury. We also get two trailers for Freaks.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Freaks. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
As a sci-fi based thriller, Freaks shows promise, and at its worst, it remains reasonably involving. However, it loses steam as it goes and can’t sustain our attention as well as the first act allows up to hope it will. The Blu-ray comes with fairly positive picture and audio as well as a terrific audio commentary. Though erratic, Freaks does enough right to entertain to a reasonable degree.