An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Given the nature of the production, the image seemed satisfactory.
Overall sharpness remained positive. At times, the film could look a bit soft, but the majority of it appeared accurate and concise.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Some of the archival footage showed distortions, but true source footage seemed free from defects.
Sequel went with a natural – if subdued – palette that satisfied. The colors looked accurate and appropriate.
Blacks seemed dark and deep, and shadows appeared positive, with nice clarity. This was a more than competent presentation.
Though not memorable, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked fine for the material. A chatty effort, the soundscape opened up on sporadic occasions but remained pretty restrained most of the time.
When the track opened up, it did so in a decent manner. Music offered nice stereo imaging, and a few elements – like the “explosion” of glaciers – managed to create a bit of flair. Most of the mix stayed subdued, though, so don’t expect much from the soundfield.
Audio quality worked fine. Music was gentle but vivid, with nice clarity. Dialogue came across as natural and concise as well.
As noted, effects rarely had much to do, but they showed punch when necessary. For instance, the glacier sequence provided a solid low-end rumble. This was a laid-back track that suited the material.
A smattering of extras round out the package, and we begin with Effecting Change. It runs 26 minutes, 43 seconds and involves Al Gore and directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.
“Change” looks at the development and production of Sequel. It offers some good notes about the shoot and related challenges, though – like the movie itself – “Change” spends too much time on praise for Gore.
Truth in Ten lasts 11 minutes, 29 seconds and presents more from Gore. He touches on 10 climate change topics in an abbreviated version of his lecture. This may be more effective than Sequel itself, as it digs into the subject matter without the film’s fluff.
Finally, we get a lyric video for OneRepublic’s “Truth to Power”. It offers images of climate change’s impact along with the song and its lyrics. Meh.
A continuation of 2006’s hit documentary, 2017’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power offers snatches of useful information. Unfortunately, it spends far too much time at the bidding of its star, and those moments make it sputter and meander. The Blu-ray offers mostly good picture and audio along with minor supplements. While I respect the educational goals, Sequel doesn’t connect as well as it should.