Hangman appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image looked pretty positive.
Sharpness seemed good. Only a little softness appeared in wider shots, so the movie usually appeared tight and concise.
Jagged edges and shimmering didn’t cause distractions, and edge enhancement seemed to be absent. Source flaws also failed to pop up in this clean transfer.
Orange and teal? Orange and teal! Hangman used these hues to almost a comic extreme. As tedious as that was, the colors seemed accurately reproduced within the stylistic choices.
Blacks came across as dark and dense, while shadows were well-depicted and smooth. No obvious concerns marred this solid transfer.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Hangman worked fairly well, and various action elements offered the most active use of the spectrum. These scenes didn’t emerge on a frequent basis, but when they appeared, they utilized the soundscape in an engrossing manner, and music made active use of the different channels.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music showed good range and vivacity, while effects worked nicely. Those elements came across as accurate and full, with solid low-end response and positive definition. This left us with a “B” soundtrack.
Two featurettes flesh out the disc. Insight from a Hollywood Legend goes for six minutes, 35 seconds and offers an interview with actor Al Pacino.
Pacino discusses what appealed to him about the script and aspects of the production. Pacino fails to give us much information that feels substantial.
In Their Own Words lasts 14 minutes, five seconds and features Pacino, producer Arnold Rifkin, director Johnny Martin, and actors Karl Urban, Sarah Shahi and Brittany Snow. “Words” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, and Martin’s impact on the shoot. Like “Legend”, “Words” offers a fluffy, superficial piece.
The disc opens with ads for 24 Hours to Live, Bullethead, Blood Money, Shot Caller and Acts of Vengeance. No trailer for Hangman appears here.
From its opening scene until the end credits roll, Hangman offers a truly terrible piece of work. Even with some good actors, the movie fails to find a groove, so it becomes a ridiculous, clumsy tale with no tension or drama. The Blu-ray delivers generally solid picture and audio but it skimps on supplements. This might not be the worst serial killer movie I’ve seen but it’s in the running.