The Gateway appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, this was a positive image.
Only a smidgen of softness ever cropped up here, mainly in some low-light shots. Otherwise, the movie showed nice clarity and delineation.
Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
In terms of palette, Gateway went with mix of yellow/amber and reds much of the time, with some pale teal, greens and purples as well. Overall, the hues were fine for their visual choices.
Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots boasted nice clarity. This was a solid “B+“ presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it gave us competent sonics most of the time as well as a little pep on occasion. A drama like this didn’t need to boast a rock-em, sock-em mix, so the audio seemed acceptable.
Usually, the soundfield didn’t have a lot to do. This meant it concentrated on good stereo music and general ambience.
Every once in a while, though, the mix came to life – in a moderate manner, at least, usually related to forms of violence. These moments didn’t dazzle, but they gave the mix reasonable breadth.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other concerns. Music appeared full, with reasonable definition.
Effects remained clear and accurate, with some pretty solid low-end response during louder moments. This became a fairly satisfying track.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we get a featurette called Living Legends. It runs four minutes, 14 seconds and brings notes from writer/director Michele Civetta, producer Stephen Israel, writer/producer Andrew Levitas, and actors Shea Whigham, Bruce Dern, and Olivia Munn.
As expected, this one looks at cast and characters. It tends to give us fluff and not much substance.
It does seem amusing that Dern refers to 52-year-old Whigham as a “young actor” and possibly his generation’s Sean Penn. The two do look somewhat alike, but since Penn is only nine years older than Whigham, they’re essentially from the same generation.
With its story of a heroic but flawed social worker, The Gateway comes with some dramatic potential. Unfortunately, the film lacks coherence and fails to find a compelling path through its narrative beats. The Blu-ray offers good picture and audio but it lacks much in terms of supplements. This turns into a lackluster tale