Free Fire appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, this was an appealing transfer.
Sharpness always looked strong. No signs of softness marred the presentation, as it gave us a tight, well-defined image. Jagged edges and moiré effects remained absent, while edge haloes also failed to appear. Print flaws stayed absent as well.
Like most modern films of this sort, Fire went with teal and orange. These tones seemed predictable, but they worked fine within the movie’s design parameters and showed good delineation.
Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity and smoothness. I thought this was a consistently strong image.
I also felt pleased with the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. With a fair amount of action on display, the mix used the channels in an involving manner throughout the majority of the film.
This meant gunfire and other mayhem all around the room, and the elements connected in a concise, smooth manner. Add to that music as a bold partner and the soundscape turned into an aggressive partner.
Audio quality always satisfied. Music was dynamic and full, and effects followed suit; those components came across as accurate and well-developed. Speech seemed distinctive and crisp, without edginess or other issues. Everything impressed in this strong soundtrack.
As we head to extras, we find an audio commentary with director Ben Wheatley and actors Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story and characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, period details, music, stunts and action, and connected domains.
Of the three participants, Wheatley does the heavy lifting, as he presents the meatiest parts of the discussion. The actors occasionally toss out some useful notes, but they tend to joke around more than anything else. Still, Wheatley does enough to make this a mostly informative track, albeit one that never really excels.
The Making of Free Fire runs 15 minutes, 58 seconds. The program features Wheatley, Murphy, production designer Paki Smith, special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves, costume designer Emma Fryer, and actors Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Noah Taylor and Babou Ceesay.
The show looks at the project’s origins and inspirations, story/characters, Wheatley’s impact on the production, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts, effects and action, and period details. While never especially deep, “Making” offers a largely enjoyable view of the production.
The disc opens with ads for Moonlight, American Honey, It Comes At Night, Swiss Army Man and Ex Machina. No trailer for Fire appears here.
Simple but fairly effective, Free Fire offers a violent affair. It concentrates its action in a tight manner that makes it reasonably unusual and entertaining. The Blu-ray presents very good picture and audio as well as a few supplements. Free Fire delivers some bloody action thrills.