The Innkeepers appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie boasted a generally positive presentation but not a great one.
For the most part, sharpness seemed good. The image could be a little soft at times, but that wasn’t a major concern. Overall clarity remained solid, and the image lacked problems like jaggies, shimmering and haloes. A handful of specks cropped up through the movie.
Like virtually all modern horror flicks, Innkeepers went with a stylized palette. We got desaturated, earthy tones most of the time, so don’t expect anything dynamic. These suited the movie. Blacks were reasonably dark and dense, and shadows were acceptable; low-light shots could be somewhat murky, though. This wasn’t a great image, but it was acceptable.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, it offered a fairly typical horror movie soundscape. This meant a lot of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”. I thought the track used the elements in a compelling manner. While it didn’t offer real “demo moments”, it created a spooky soundfield that accentuated the movie’s story.
Audio quality was always good. Music appeared full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy. Speech was natural and distinctive throughout the film. Again, this wasn’t a heavily active track, but it made sense for the flick.
In terms of extras, we find two separate audio commentaries. The first involves writer/director/editor Ti West, producers Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden, and 2nd unit director/sound designer Graham Reznick. All four sit together for a running, screen-specific chat, though Fessenden arrives late. They cover the Yankee Pedlar location, the opening credits and use of chapter cards, music and sound design, story/character subjects, cast and performances, influences and genre notes, camerawork and editing, and a few other production areas.
That’s a good array of subjects, and the track covers them in a reasonably involving manner. However, it never really kicks into a higher gear, and occasional lulls occur. This is still a generally solid chat, but it tends to drag a little more than I’d like
For the second track, we hear from Ti West and actors Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. They deliver another running, screen-specific piece that goes over cast and performances, story and characters, locations and sets, and other general movie-making areas.
While the first commentary had a fair amount of good information, it lacked much personality. The second chat seems more fun but it doesn’t tell us a lot of useful material. We learn a little along the way, but don’t expect much depth from it. It’s more entertaining and spritely than the first commentary, but the earlier track is the more valuable.
Next we find a Behind the Scenes. It goes for seven minutes, 28 seconds as it includes notes from West, Phok, Fessenden, Healy, Paxton, Reznick, producer Derek Curl, production designer Jade Healy, and actors Kelly McGillis and George Riddle. The program offers a general take on the production, with an emphasis on the location, cast/characters and West’s impact on the film. You won’t get great depth here, but the piece manages to be breezy and enjoyable.
The disc opens with ads for Cold Sweat, Stakeland, and Wake Wood. We also get a trailer for Innkeepers.
While it does nothing to reinvent the genre, The Innkeepers produces a better than average ghost movie. It works best when it stays small and gets to us with its subtle chills. The Blu-ray provides decent picture, good audio and a couple of decent audio commentaries. Horror fans will likely enjoy this pretty involving effort.