I Am Number Four appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The picture looked fine overall but wasn’t consistently great.
Sharpness was almost always strong. A few wide shots showed a smidgen of softness, but those were minor instances. The majority of the movie looked accurate and concise. I noticed no jaggies or moiré effects, and edge enhancement never manifested itself. In addition, the film failed to display any print defects.
Like most modern action flicks, this one opted for stylized hues; teal and amber dominated. Within those constraints, the colors seemed fine; they showed appropriate range. Blacks were dark and full, but shadows were occasionally a bit heavy; they weren’t terribly opaque, but they could’ve been clearer. All this added up to a good but not great image.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Four worked well. Various action elements offered the most active use of the spectrum. This was especially true during pieces with weapons fire and fights, and a few other sequences used the various channels in a satisfying way. The action 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. All of this added up to a “B+”.
Only a handful of extras accompany the movie. Becoming Number Six runs 11 minutes, 44 seconds and provides notes from director DJ Caruso, and actors Teresa Palmer, Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron. The show looks at Palmer’s Number Six character as well as her preparation and performance. The program delivers some nice details and shots from the set as it contributes a good take on the supporting actor’s side of the film.
Six Deleted Scenes last a total of 18 minutes, 58 seconds. These include “Extended Strangers in Paradise” (2:25), “Sam’s Mom” (3:06), “Worth Mentioning” (0:31), “Power Prank” (1:21), “Trying to Connect” (1:20), and “Extended Warsaw Basement” (3:58). Most of these add some character moments, with the most significant being a cameo from Karen Allen; she got cut out of the final film. None of the scenes are bad, but I don’t think any of them would add to the movie, either; it’s already slow and without enough action, so more character/narrative wouldn’t help.
The “Play All” running time of 18:58 includes optional introductions from director DJ Caruso. Well, semi-optional; the scenes will feature them whether you want them or not, but you can easily skip them with your remote. Caruso delivers nice notes about the sequences and lets us know why he gave them the boot.
A collection of Bloopers fills three minutes, 15 seconds. Should you expect anything other than the usual goofs and giggles? Nope, but if those entertain you, go for it.
The Blu-ray opens with promos for Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and ABC TV on DVD. No trailer for Four shows up here.
A second disc offers a Digital Copy of the movie. This allows you to transfer the film to a computer or portable gadget. Zip-zorp!
Finally, a third platter provides a DVD Copy of Four. If you want to own Four but aren’t yet Blu-ray capable – or if you just want one to tote in the car - it’s a good bonus. As usual with Disney-distributed packages, this is the same retail DVD you’d buy at stores.
As a fan of action/sci-fi flicks, I hoped to get something exciting from I Am Number Four. Unfortunately, it favored teen melodrama more than anything else, and its infrequent action couldn’t make up for the dull narrative. The Blu-ray comes with generally good picture and audio as well as a modest collection of supplements. Though not a bad film, Four is too dull to maintain the viewer’s interest.