Gwen appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good representation of the source.
Overall sharpness came across fine. A couple of shots looked a bit soft, but those didn’t create a notable concern. Instead, the flick delivered positive clarity and accuracy.
No jaggies or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes remained absent. I also saw no print flaws.
To reflect the film’s setting and tone, Gwen came with a nearly monochromatic palette. It opted for a drab teal orientation the majority of the time, with some orange from fire along for the ride as well.
These choices worked fine, and blacks seemed strong. Shadows also appeared smooth and concise. No one will use this as a showcase image, but it replicated the filmmakers’ intentions.
Given the movie’s subdued nature, I expected a low-key DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, and that was what I got. The audio concentrated on mild ambience much of the time.
Effects occasionally cropped up around the spectrum, and the film’s spare score also utilized the various channels, but this was usually a restrained soundscape.
Audio quality appeared positive. Music was full and rich, while effects seemed accurate and clear.
The accents on display might impact intelligibility of dialogue, but the lines seemed natural. This became a suitable soundtrack for the story on display.
A few extras appear, and the first brings an Interview with Maxine Peake. In this 12-minute, 14-second piece, the actor discusses story/characters as well as her performance and her colleagues. She provides a decent overview but not a ton of insights.
Next comes an Interview with Eleanor Worthington-Cox. This provides an eight-minute, 39-second segment in which the actor talks about the same topics as Peake. Though she offers her own spin, she only brings minor notes.
The disc ends with a Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery (13 images) and a Photo Gallery (7). The former shows shots from the set, while the latter displays movie elements. Both seem forgettable.
Atmospheric to a fault, Gwen lacks the story and character depth to succeed. It looks interesting but bores too much of the time. The Blu-ray brings very good picture, acceptable audio and minor bonus materials. Gwen ends up as a sluggish affair.