Housebound appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not an eye-popping presentation, the transfer served the material well.
Sharpness looked good. A smidgen of softness hit some wider shots, but those instances remained quite insubstantial, so the majority of the flick showed fine clarity and accuracy. Jaggies and shimmering failed to distract, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any source flaws and was consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Housebound went with subdued tones, as the movie tended toward an amber feel; some blues cropped up as well. The hues never stood out as memorable, but they weren’t supposed to be impressive, so they were fine for this story’s stripped palette. Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted. The image offered a solid “B+” presentation.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it lacked a ton of ambition, though I didn’t view that as a flaw. A story like this came heavy on ambience and light on opportunities for fireworks, so the absence of showy sequences failed to become a problem. Music filled the various channels in a satisfying manner, and low-key effects fleshed out the spectrum in a logical manner. Nothing dazzled but the mix seemed workable for the material.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, while effects – as subdued as they tended to be – remained accurate and full-bodied. Music was vibrant and dynamic. While this was never a memorable track, it suited the story.
When we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Gerard Johnstone, producer Luke Sharpe and executive producer Ant Timpson. All three sit together for their running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing, camerawork, effects and related topics.
Expect a light chat here – probably too light, to be honest, as the commentary lacks a lot of substance. As it goes, we do learn decent filmmaking nuggets, but the participants seem more interested in joking with each other. Although this ensures the track moves at a good rate, it doesn’t tell us enough about the movie’s creation.
Three Deleted Scenes fill a total of three minutes, 59 seconds. We get some additional moments with Kylie on house arrest – and some hints of eventual plot developments. All add a little to the tale but not a substantial amount.
The disc opens with ads for Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood, The Scribbler, The Mule and Poker Night. We also get the trailer for Housebound.
Modern horror movies rarely become anything more than predictable “boo-fests”, but Housebound manages to transcend the usual mold. It gives us a well-plotted and engaging tale that keeps us involved from start to finish. The Blu-ray offers solid picture and audio as well as average bonus materials. Housebound becomes a pleasant surprise, as it gives us an unusually clever and dynamic thriller.