Hostiles appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was mostly a good presentation but it came with some odd lapses.
Actually, sharpness offered my only occasional complaint, as some shots seemed surprisingly soft. These didn’t dominate the movie and remained infrequent, but they popped up often enough to create perplexing distractions.
I saw no issues with jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. The image also lacked any print flaws.
The movie’s palette favored a yellow impression much of the time, with some blue/teal thrown in as well. Within these limited aspirations, the colors appeared clear and full.
Blacks seemed dark and deep, while shadows appeared generally satisfying, though a few nighttime shots could be a bit demse. The occasional softness created the biggest issue, but the movie still looked good most of the time.
While not an action-packed affair, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack came to life well enough when necessary. A fairly introspective film, the mix largely concentrated on music and general atmosphere.
The occasional action sequence opened up matters well, though, with violent elements that spanned the soundscape in an engrossing manner. Other segments like a thunderstorm added positive impact as well.
Audio quality satisfied, with speech that appeared natural and concise. Music sounded vivid and full, with lush tones.
Effects came across as robust and clean, as those elements gave us accurate material with positive range. All in all, the soundtrack suited the story.
Only one extra shows up on this Blu-ray: a three-part documentary called A Journey of the Soul: The Making of Hostiles. Across its one-hour, three-minute, five-second running time, it includes comments from writer/director Scott Cooper, producer John Lesher, Comanche consultant William Voelker, consultants Joely Proudfit and Chris Eyre, set decorator Edward McLoughlin, costume designer Jenny Eagan, stunt coordinator Doug Coleman, and actors Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Jesse Plemons, Ben Foster, David Midthunder, Q'orianka Kilcher, Rory Cochrane, Scott Wilson, Jonathan Majors, Timothée Chalamet, and Ryan Bingham.
“Soul” looks at the film’s roots and development, story/characters, cast and performances, research and historical accuracy, sets, locations and production design, costumes, Cooper’s impact on the set, stunts, and the use of native languages.
With an hour at its disposal, “Soul” offers a better than average exploration of the production but not one as good as it could be. The program devolves into way too much praise for the film and all involved, so those moments get old. Still, we learn enough about the movie to make “Soul” worth a look.
The disc opens with ads for The Hurricane Heist, 47 Meters Down and Friend Request. No trailer for Hostiles appears here.
Rich and affecting, Hostiles offers a solid drama under the Western banner. A moving character piece, the film develops in a natural way and packs a powerful punch. The Blu-ray brings us largely good picture and audio along with a fairly informative documentary. Hostiles provides a highly satisfying tale.