The Gallows Act II appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into a mostly positive presentation.
Overall delineation looked fine, as the movie usually seemed well-defined. Some wider shots could be a little soft, but not to a substantial degree. I saw no jaggies or shimmering, and both edge haloes and print flaws remained absent.
To the surprise of no one, teal and amber dominated the film’s palette. While predictable, the colors seemed well-executed.
Blacks showed good depth, and shadows were fine. Some low-light shots could be a smidgen thick, but not terribly so. All this led to a more than competent presentation.
Similar thoughts accompanied the fairly good DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Act II. This wasn’t exactly an action-packed mix, so one shouldn’t expect constant auditory shenanigans. When appropriate, the soundscape kicked to life well, but much of it focused on ambient information and music.
Audio quality worked fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Music offered good range and impact, and effects followed suit. These elements contributed fine dimensionality, with strong low-end at appropriate times. All of this led to a worthwhile soundtrack.
We get a few extras here, and we open with an audio commentary from writers/directors Travis Cluff and Chris Loring. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, issues related to the sequel, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, deleted scenes, photography, effects and connected domains.
Cliff and Loring provide a brisk chat here. They cover the expected topics and do so in a compelling manner, so expect a pretty solid commentary.
Summoning the Hangman spans 35 minutes, 21 seconds and offers notes from Cluff, Loring, producer Benjamin Forkner, production designer Max Martinez, costume designer Trina Short, director of photography Kyle Gentz, composer Zach Lemmon, and actors Ema Horvath and Brittany Falardeau.
“Summoning” looks at the shift from “found footage” and story/characters, cast and performances, the directors’ impact, sets and locations, costumes, photography, stunts/effects, and music. Expect a pretty good production overview.
14 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 33 minutes, 44 seconds. These tend to emphasize character embellishments, but some attempted scares come along as well.
While I can’t claim any of the scenes turns into “lost gold”, a few tend to be more valuable than usual. For instance, we see more of the nerd Auna helps on her first day. Overall, this feels like a good collection of sequences.
The disc opens with ads for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. No trailer for Act II appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Act II. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Although it offers a definite improvement over the prior film, The Gallows Act II never manages to rise above a certain level of mediocrity. Some parts of the movie show potential but the tale remains too slow and scare-free to really succeed. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio as well as a fairly solid collection of bonus materials. Act II ends up as a watchable horror tale but nothing memorable.