Into the Ashes appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an appealing representation of the movie.
Sharpness looked mostly strong. Softness did occasionally materialize, but most of that came from stylistic choices, so the majority of the flick came across as well-defined.
No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create any problems, as this was a clean presentation.
In terms of colors, Ashes tended to go with a mix of teal and amber. Within those choices, the colors appeared well-developed, so I encountered no problems with them.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a good transfer.
I felt the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Ashes worked better than expected for a character drama. The film came with a few semi-action scenes, and those fleshed out the spectrum fairly well.
In addition, the mix boasted a lot of good environmental material, and those elements could seem broad and engaging. For example, shots at the prison used the five channels in a dynamic manner.
Audio quality was always good. Speech sounded crisp and distinctive, and music followed suit. The score was consistently lively and full.
Effects also demonstrated nice vivacity and accuracy, with positive bass response along the way. This turned into a satisfying sonic presentation.
Two featurettes appear here, and Building the Fire runs 12 minutes, 36 seconds and offers notes from writer/director Aaron Harvey and actors Luke Grimes, Frank Grillo, Brady Smith, David Cade, Marguerite Moreau, Robert Taylor and James Badge Dale.
“Fire” looks at story and characters, genre influences, and Harvey’s efforts. A few minor insights emerge but much of this seems superficial.
Shooting the South lasts seven minutes, 57 seconds and features Harvey, Taylor, Dale, Grillo, Grimes, producer Eric Binns, and cinematographer John W. Rutland.
“South” examines visual design, sets and locations, cast and performances, and other production issues. Like “Fire”, “South” becomes lacks much depth.
The disc opens with ads for Galveston, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and The Standoff At Sparrow Creek. No trailer for Ashes appears here.
Despite a story packed with potential drama, Into the Ashes lacks much impact. Due to its flat characters, it fails to find much to make it work. The Blu-ray offers generally positive picture and audio along with minor supplements. This ends up as a mediocre film.