I Kill Giants appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a fine image.
Sharpness looked appropriate. Delineation remained satisfying, so the image seemed accurate and concise, though a few interiors showed a little softness.
No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred. I also saw no edge haloes or source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie opted for orange and – especially - teal, though it kept these subdued, so they didn’t go crazy. The low-key palette seemed satisfactory.
Blacks were pretty dark and tight, and low-light shots displayed good clarity. Across the board, the visuals appeared positive.
Despite the film’s fantasy orientation, Giants went with a somewhat low-key DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Music showed good stereo presence and effects opened up matters to a reasonable degree, but not as much as expected.
This meant that even when the mix opted for information related to giants, the track stayed focused on the front. The elements broadened moderately well but they added less involvement than anticipated.
Still, the soundscape wasn’t bad, as it brought out acceptable spread and movement when necessary. The movie’s dramatic bent meant fewer scenes of that sort than one might assume, and they didn’t dazzle, but the mix worked reasonably well.
Audio quality appeared fine, as music was full and rich. Speech came across as distinctive and concise.
Effects added a bit of punch when necessary, with accurate information that brought out nice low-end at times. Nothing here excelled but the soundtrack fit the material.
A smattering of extras arrives here, and we find a featurette called The Making of I Kill Giants. It runs five minutes, 39 seconds and includes comments from director Anders Walter, writer Joe Kelly, graphic novel artist Ken Niimura, and actors Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Rory Jackson and Sydney Wade.
“Making” looks at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, and Walter’s impact on the production. This largely acts as promotion, so don’t expect much from it – other than spoilers, so don’t watch it before you see the movie.
Anatomy of a Scene goes for four minutes, 52 seconds and features remarks from Wolfe, producer Kyle Franke, director of photography Rasmus Heise, stunt coordinator Brendan Condren, and visual effects supervisor Christophe Ferrier. We get notes about aspects of the movie’s climactic action scene in this short but moderately informative piece.
For a look at the source, we get chapter 1 of the graphic novel. It’s just a tease, of course, but it’s an effective one, as it gives us a taste of how the novel contrasts with the film – “original Barbara” is only 10, for example.
A Photo Gallery offers 18 images from the movie. It’s a forgettable compilation.
The disc opens with ads for Odd Thomas, The Cobbler and The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box. No trailer for Giants appears here.
If one divorces I Kill Giants from its promotion as a fantasy film, it works better – but not to a tremendous degree. While the film boasts very good acting, it falters in too many others ways to satisfy. The Blu-ray offers strong visuals with reasonably engaging audio but it lacks notable supplements. Giants shows promise but it doesn’t hold together.