The Guest appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Everything here worked well.
Sharpness pleased, as the film usually appeared accurate and well-defined. Some interiors could be a smidgen soft, but not to a substantial degree, so the image was strong most of the time. Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
One expects a teal and orange palette from a 2014 thriller, and one finds those hues in Guest. As tired as I am of those colors, I must judge what I see, not what I want to see, and the Blu-ray replicated the tones with appropriate clarity and smoothness. Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots were fine; the movie came with plenty of dark elements and presented them in a concise manner. In the end, the image worked well.
Guest didn’t present a tremendously ambitious DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundfield, but the audio seemed to accentuate the visuals well. It mixed atmosphere with a mix of jolts and stings from the rear during more action-oriented sequences.
In the front, the track showed good stereo music and presented various elements in a logical and natural manner. The elements blended neatly and created a seamless sense of the environment. From the rear, aggressive violent components added kick to the proceedings and made the mix more immersive and involving.
Audio quality seemed positive. Dialogue consistently appeared natural and crisp, with no edginess or intelligibility issues on display. Music was clear and dynamic. The score seemed broadly reproduced and complemented the mix nicely. Effects appeared accurate and concise, with positive punch. Everything suited the film and turned this into a “B+” track.
A few extras fill out the disc, and these launch with an audio commentary from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific chat about story/character/script topics, cast and performances, stunts and action, sets and locations, influences, music, effects and connected areas.
In other words, Wingard and Barrett touch on pretty much everything involved in the movie's creation. Chatty, fun and amiable, they keep the track moving at a terrific clip and fill the commentary with tons of good notes. They help make this a delightful, honest and informative piece.
Seven Deleted Scenes fill a total of 15 minutes. These tend toward minor character elements or alternate versions of existing sequences. None of them prove to be especially interesting.
We can view the deleted scenes with or without commentary from Wingard and Barrett. They tell us about the sequences and why they cut them from the final film. Wingard and Barrett continue to be frank and entertaining as they give us a nice look at the material.
A Q&A With Actor Dan Stevens goes for a mere two minutes, 32 seconds. He gets into his character and performance as well as other aspects of the shoot. Stevens throws out a couple of decent notes but doesn’t have enough time for more than superficial tidbits.
The disc opens with ads for Nightcrawler, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, Kill the Messenger and A Few Best Men. Previews also presents promos for The American, Hanna, The World’s End, The Grey, Hit & Run and Killer Elite. No trailer for The Guest appears here.
Stuck in a potentially moribund genre, The Guest offers a fairly strong thriller. It throws enough twists and turns to keep it interesting as it takes us on a good ride. The Blu-ray presents solid picture and audio along with supplements highlighted by a terrific commentary. Thriller fans should enjoy this exciting flick