Hereditary appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie showed a high-quality presentation.
Sharpness largely seemed positive, as the majority of the movie offered appropriate delineation. Some of the interiors could come across as a little ill-defined, but most of the film looked concise.
I saw no jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. I also noted no signs of source defects.
As expected, colors remained stylized, with a definite orientation toward a mix of orange and teal. These hues appeared predictable but they served the production’s choices.
Blacks seemed fairly deep and firm, while shadows offered pretty good clarity. This came across as a “B+” presentation.
I felt the same about the often subdued DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as it focused on the usual scope one associates with creepy horror films. This meant a lot of spooky ambience and not much more.
That said, the mix did kick to life at times. Some of the stabs at scares boasted good involvement around the spectrum, and music provided nice utilization of the channels.
Audio quality seemed solid. Music was lively and full, while speech appeared natural and concise.
Effects also appeared accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a generally appealing soundtrack.
Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary runs 20 minutes, eight seconds and includes comments from writer/director Ari Aster, production designer Grace Yun, and actors Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne.
“Cursed” looks at influences, story/characters, cast and performances, sets, locations and production design, the use of miniatures, and music. This turns into a generally effective overview, if not a great one.
Eight Seleted Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 15 minutes, 46 seconds. These tend toward character bits that focus on Peter. While none of them seem crucial, they add decent information, especially in regard to the Steve role, as he doesn’t get much to do in the final cut.
Called “Evil in Miniature”, a Photo Gallery appears as well. It presents 21 shots, most of which focus on the miniature environments displayed in the film. It’s fun to get a better view of these.
The disc opens with ads for The Witch, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, It Comes At Night, Under the Silver Lake and First Reformed. No trailer for Hereditary appears here.
More subtle than the average horror film, I won’t call Hereditary a classic. However, it’s firmly above average and brings a good tale our way. The Blu-ray provides pretty positive picture and audio as well as decent supplements. Horror fans should give this one a look.