Gridlocked appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This was a generally positive presentation.
Sharpness looked solid. A few shots were slightly soft, but not to a substantial degree. Most of the movie seemed pretty accurate and concise. No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws were a non-factor, as the movie stayed clean.
Like most modern action flicks, Gridlocked favored a blue tint with a dollop of orange as well. The blue became a pretty heavy overtone and we didn’t get much room for other hues. Within their parameters, the colors appeared appropriate.
Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were decent. They could be slightly dense – mainly in nighttime scenes - but they remained positive for the most part. In the end, the transfer proved to be good, if not great.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Gridlocked, it became a peppy mix. With all the action scenes, we got a lot of good material from all sides. Gunfire and other elements zoomed around the spectrum and added a nice sense of activity to the film. Stereo music also worked well, and this turned into a pretty vivid soundscape.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was crisp and distinctive, with no edginess or other concerns. Music was full and rich, while effects came across as lively and accurate. The track boasted good low-end when appropriate. All of this was good enough for a “B+”.
The Blu-ray provides two featurettes. Kicking It Old School runs 15 minutes, 53 seconds and includes writer/director Allan Ungar and actors Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang, Cody Hackman, Trish Stratus, James A. Woods and Danny Glover. “School” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, stunts and action sequences, and Ungar’s approach to the material. “School” brings us a pretty rudimentary program without much substance.
During the six-minute, 40-second Inside the Action, we hear from Purcell, Lang, Stratus, Woods, Ungar, and Glover. As expected, “Action” tells us a little more about fights and stunts. It delivers a few good behind the scenes shots but like its predecessor, it remains fluffy.
Eight Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 11 minutes, 34 seconds. These add a little to the story but not much. As such, they don’t contribute anything that would’ve embellished the movie.
Finally, a Blooper Reel goes for six minutes, three seconds. It mostly consists of goofs and giggles, so it’s standard dare.
The disc opens with ads for High-Rise and The Wave. No trailer for Gridlocked appears here.
Could you find less effective action movies than Gridlocked? Sure, but you can also locate so many superior efforts that I can’t think of a reason to point you in its direction. The Blu-ray provides pretty good picture and audio along with a minor array of supplements. Gridlocked offers a “rainy Saturday/nothing better on cable” kind of experience.