Invisible Agent appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.37:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Despite a few inconsistencies, this became a fairly positive presentation.
In general, sharpness satisfied, as the movie usually appeared well-defined. Some softness popped up for the occasional shot, but the majority of the flick boasted nice delineation.
Shimmering and jaggies remained absent, and edge haloes also failed to appear. The movie’s grain structure felt natural, and print flaws didn’t mar the proceedings, though I saw a minor sense of “flashing” for one brief shot.
Blacks appeared deep and dark, and contrast came across well. Shadows generally held up nicely, though a few nighttime exteriors displayed a bit of murkiness. Though the image didn’t excel, it still gave us a positive presentation.
Similar thoughts greeted the sturdy DTS-HD MA monaural soundtrack of Agent, as it held up nicely over the decades. Speech could seem a bit distant at times, but lines were intelligible and concise enough.
Music and effects displayed the expected restricted dynamic range, but they showed acceptable clarity and didn’t suffer from distortion. The mix lacked pops, clicks, hum, or other defects. This was a more than competent track for a movie from the 1940s.
The Blu-ray includes the film’s trailer but it lacks other extras.
At its core, Invisible Agent presents a clever and intriguing premise. Unfortunately, it squanders its inherent potential with a silly slapstick adventure that goes nowhere. The Blu-ray brings generally good picture and audio but it lacks notable supplements. Agent disappoints.
As of winter 2019, Invisible Agent can’t be purchased on its own. It can be found as part of a six-film “Invisible Man Complete Legacy Collection”. In addition to Agent, we find The Invisible Man, The Invisible Man Returns, Invisible Woman, The Invisible Man’s Revenge, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.
In addition, Agent comes in the “Universal Monsters Complete 30-Film Collection”. It actually packages the Invisible Man set mentioned above with similar compilations for six other Universal Monsters.