Heist appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was an up and down transfer, but it usually looked fine.
Sharpness was the least consistent aspect of the image. Though most of the flick looked accurate and concise, exceptions occurred. The movie could seem strangely soft at times, and not for obvious stylistic reasons.
Despite those instances, I felt the majority of the movie offered nice clarity. No issues with jaggies or moiré effects materialized, and edge haloes were absent. Source flaws failed to become a factor here.
In terms of palette, Heist went with a stylized look. In an unsurprising move, the film emphasized orange and teal to a substantial degree. Those tones seemed acceptable given their limitations. Blacks were reasonably dark and tight, while shadows showed decent to good delineation. Overall, the image looked acceptable, though the issues with sharpness led me to a “B-“ grade.
When I examined the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Heist, I thought it was moderately active and involving. To be sure, the movie offered a lot of material from all five channels. Given the story, we got a fair amount of gunfire, and we also got vehicle-related material. These elements created a good sense of place and movement that brought us a solid soundscape.
Audio quality was fine. Speech was reasonably crisp and natural, and effects showed good punch. Music was also clear and full. The soundtrack didn’t excel but it connected with the material.
The Blu-ray presents a smattering of extras, and these launch with an audio commentary from director Scott Mann, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan and writer Max Adams. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas and the script re-write, locations and filming on a bus, action and stunts, editing, cast and performances, and related areas.
One of the more profane commentaries I've heard, this chat isn't for folks squeamish about the "F-bomb". I doubt people who feel that way made it through the movie, though, so it shouldn't be an issue. The participants dig into the film's creation fairly well. I don't think this is the deepest track I've heard, but it gives us a nice array of thoughts.
Six Deleted/Extended Scenes fill a total of four minutes, eight seconds. These offer short bits with a little more exposition. None of them seem especially useful or memorable.
With The Making of Heist, we find a 15-minute, 11-second program with Mann, Morgan, Adams, actor/co-writer Stephen Cyrus Sepher, director of photography Brandon Cox, and actors Morris Chestnut, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kate Bosworth, DB Sweeney, Gina Carano. The show covers story/characters, shooting on a bus, cast and performances, and Mann’s impact on the production. A couple of useful notes emerge, but this is mostly a general, promotional piece.
Under Cast/Crew Interviews, we get eight segments. We hear from Scott Mann (7:29), Max Adams (6:11), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (4:26), Kate Bosworth (4:43), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (3:35), Gina Carano (4:09), Morris Chestnut (2:34) and DB Sweeney (4:37). Across these, the participants touch on the same topics found in “Making Of”.
That’s because the “Interviews” offer expanded clips from the same sessions used for the featurette. This means we don’t get a lot of new material, as the comments tend to seem light and superficial. Adams proves to be the most informative of the bunch, but the others come across as fairly forgettable.
The disc opens with ads for Sicario, Wild Card, John Wick, Extraction, American Ultra and Zero Tolerance. A trailer for Heist also appears here.
I think Heist boasts just enough action and intrigue to deliver mild entertainment. However, it lacks consistency, especially in terms of tone, as it jumps from one genre to another too often and without cohesion. The Blu-ray offers acceptable picture as well as good audio and a decent selection of supplements. Heist becomes moderately enjoyable but never settles into a groove.