The Invisible Man appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The image worked well.
Sharpness appeared strong. A native 4K production, virtually no softness emerged.
That meant we got a tight image that held steady even in darker shots. I saw no signs of shimmering or jaggies, and print flaws remained absent.
In terms of palette, Invisible Man tended toward standard teal and orange, though some scenes boasted a broader sense of color. These hues showed good representation within stylistic constraints, and the Dolby Vision disc’s HDR added some heft to the tones.
Blacks were dark and tight, and shadows seemed smooth. The HDR made whites brighter and contrast more appealing. The movie consistently looked solid.
Expect a satisfying affair from the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack, as this became an engulfing mix. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the track came with instances of dynamic information, mainly during action-oriented sequences. Those popped to life in an exciting fashion.
Much of the flick went with more ambient audio, and those segments succeeded as well. These contributed a good sense of atmosphere and formed an involving sensibility throughout the film, factors that made this a pleasing mix.
Audio quality seemed solid. Music was bold and full, and effects followed suit, as those elements appeared accurate and dynamic, with deep, tight bass.
Speech remained natural and without edginess or concerns. Though not action-packed, this became a reasonably broad, involving track.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both sported the same Atmos soundtrack.
The combination of Dolby Vision and the film’s native 4K status allowed visuals a nice step up, though. This disc felt better defined and offered stronger colors, blacks and contrast. While the Blu-ray looked very good, the 4K came across as an improvement.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Leigh Whannell. In this running, screen-specific chat, he discusses sets and locations, music and audio, various effects, story and characters, cast and performances, editing and deleted scenes, influences, music, and related domains.
Whannell brings a rollicking commentary, one that mixes insights with humor. Heck, he even tells off critics like me who find plot holes - in a comedic manner, that is. Whannell makes this a fun and informative track.
Four featurettes follow, and Moss Manifested spans three minutes, 54 seconds. It brings remarks from producer Jason Blum and actors Elisabeth Moss and Michael Dorman.
“Manifested” looks at Moss’s performance. The comments tend toward happy talk, but we get some good views of the shoot.
Director’s Journey runs 10 minutes, 51 seconds and features Whannell. He gives us a few remarks but mostly “Journey” lets us see views of the set. This becomes a decent glimpse behind the scenes, albeit one that lacks a lot of depth.
With The Players, we find a five-minute, 24-second piece that involves Moss, Whannell, Dorman, Blum, and actors Harriet Dyer, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. As expected, we get notes about cast and performances in this mediocre reel.
Finally, Timeless Terror goes for three minutes, four seconds and offers notes from Whannell and Blum. “Terror” discusses the movie’s update of the classic story, and it brings some good insights.
Nine Deleted Scenes fill a total of 13 minutes, 24 seconds. These largely tend toward extra character moments, with an emphasis on James and Sydney. While interesting – especially a clip that shows James has a dating life – they would’ve felt extraneous in the final cut.
A few more significant sequences appear as well, ones that add a bit of more concrete plot information. Though not crucial, these might’ve fleshed out a few aspects of the story a little better.
The included Blu-ray disc opens with ads for The Hunt, The Lodge, Black Christmas, and The Turning. No trailer for Invisible Man appears here.
Audiences embraced 2020’s Invisible Man but I can’t figure out why, as it offers an embarrassing excuse for a horror movie. Silly, idiotic and completely devoid of even the most basic logic, it brings us a laughable attempt at terror and drama. The 4K UHD brings very good picture and audio along with a collection of bonus materials highlighted by a fine commentary. This winds up as an awful movie.
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