Iron Sky appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This was a decent but unexceptional presentation.
Sharpness seemed a little erratic. Most of the movie delivered fairly good clarity, but occasional shots appeared a bit ill-defined. Still, overall accuracy seemed fine. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes were absent. I saw no print flaws, either.
Don’t expect a dynamic palette from Iron Sky. Much of the movie seemed essentially monochromatic, especially on the Moon; Earth scenes boasted a wider sense of color, but even these remained subdued. The hues worked fine within those paramerers. Blacks seemed tight and dense, but shadows could be a little thick; they weren’t overly dense, but they could’ve given us better clarity. Nothing here excelled, but the image was adequate.
I felt more pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Iron Sky. An active and involving affair, the soundfield provided a good sense of environment. Quieter scenes kept us in the game with nice atmospheric elements, and the action sequences brought the mix to life in a positive manner. The film’s soundscape didn’t dazzle, but it added solid involvement to the story.
Sound quality worked fine. Speech was consistently natural and crisp, with no issues related to intelligibility or edginess. The score was always rich and showed good definition. Effects blasted home the action nicely, as they were accurate and dynamic. All in all, this soundtrack delivered the goods.
When we shift to extras, we start with an audio commentary from director Timo Vuorensola and producer/visual effects producer Samuli Torssonen. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the project’s origins and development, story/character/script issues, cast and performances, various effects, costumes and production design, sets and locations, and a mix of other topics.
From beginning to end, we get a very nice commentary here. Vuorensola dominates and packs in a ton of good information. We find many useful details and even some answers to questions like why the “Sarah Palin” character doesn’t share the politician’s accent. This turns into a thoroughly enjoyable chat.
A ”Making Of” Featurette lasts 17 minutes, 22 seconds and includes notes from Vuorensola, Torssonen, original idea creator/community manager Jarmo Puskala, producer Tero Kaukomaa, director of photography Mika Orasmaa, production designer Ulrika Von Vegesack, producers Oliver Damian and Mark and Cathy Overett, and actors Julia Dietze, Udo Kier, Christopher Kirby, and Götz Otto. The show covers the project’s origins and development, budget and visual effects, sets and locations, cast and performances, and themes. The featurette proves to be surprisingly solid. It moves at a brisk pace and packs a fair amount of information into its brief running time.
Under Behind the Scenes, we find 18 snippets. These fill a total of 18 minutes, 13 seconds as they show raw footage from the shoot. I like this kind of material, and this becomes a good little compilation.
The disc opens with an ad for Cosmopolis. We also get a trailer and three teasers for Iron Sky itself.
No one expects greatness from a campy “B”-movie like Iron Sky, but I’d like something more involving than this dud. Amateurish and dull, the flick can’t even deliver basic action fun. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio as well as a handful of supplements that includes a strong commentary. Overall, the Blu-ray works fine, but the movie’s not very interesting.