Jack Reacher: Never Go Back appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The Blu-ray replicated the source well.
Sharpness seemed strong. Only minor instances of softness materialized, as the movie usually seemed concise and accurate. Shimmering and jagged edges remained absent, and I witnessed no edge haloes. Print flaws failed to appear, so this was a clean presentation.
Orange and teal dominated the palette, but not to an oppressive degree. The colors were fine within their stylistic restraints. Blacks looked deep and taut, and shadows showed good clarity; low-light shots could be a bit dense but they were more than acceptable. This turned into a pleasing transfer.
No complaints accompanied the good Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Never Go Back. Downloaded to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the soundscape often opened up in a dynamic manner and used all the channels to positive advantage. Various vehicles zoomed around the room and guns peppered the soundscape to solid effect, so the soundfield added to the experience.
No issues with audio quality emerged. Speech remained natural and distinctive, without edginess or other issues. Music was bold and dynamic, and effects killed. Those elements were expressive and impactful, as they showed fine definition and power. While not one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard, this was a very good mix.
A smattering of featurettes fill out the disc, and these open with Reacher Returns. It lasts 11 minutes, 31 seconds and presents info from actor/producer Tom Cruise, author Lee Child, director/writer Edward Zwick, producer Don Granger, and screenwriter Marshall Herskovitz.
“Returns” looks at the source novel and its adaptation as well as story/character domains. Much of this feels banal, but we get enough insights about the book’s leap to the screen to make it watchable.
With An Unexpected Family, we get a 14-minute, 31-second piece with Zwick, Granger, Child, Cruise, Herskovitz, executive producer Herbert W. Gains, and actors Colbie Smulders, Danika Yarosh and Patrick Heusinger. This one tells us more about characters as well as cast and performances. Like “Returns”, “Family” mixes in a few insights but it usually feels superficial.
Next comes Relentless: On Location In Louisiana. This one runs 25 minutes, 46 seconds and provides remarks from Cruise, Granger, Zwick, Gains, Hodge, Child, Herskovitz, Smulders, Heusinger, Yarosh and production designer Clay Griffith, and 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood. Though it also looks at stunts and action, “Relentless” mainly focuses on sets and locations. Despite some happy talk – seemingly unavoidable in featurettes for Cruise movies - the show offers a pretty good look at its topics.
During the 12-minute, 42-second Take Your Revenge First: Lethal Combat, we find a piece with Cruise, Zwick, Hodge, Gains, Smulders, Heusinger, Granger, stunt fight coordinator Wolfgang Stegemann and actor Holt McCallany. As expected, “Revenge” examines stunts, with an emphasis on physical fights. It provides a reasonable overview.
No Quarter Given: Rooftop Battle fills eight minutes, 13 seconds with statements from Cruise, Zwick, Griffth, Granger, Eastwood and Heusinger. Like “Revenge”, “Given” concentrates on physical stunts, but it highlights one particular sequence. This turns into another useful little piece.
Finally, Reacher in Focus takes up eight minutes, 33 seconds and features Cruise and photographer David James. We learn about the photographer’s work and his relationship with the actor. Some decent notes about James’ career emerge but we get too much of the usual praise for Cruise.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Back. Beyond some previews, it lacks any extras.
The package also throws in an illustrated short story. This gives us a tale from Lee Child that comes with some art as well. It becomes a fun addition to the set.
Although the first film offered pretty good entertainment, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back feels less effective. It comes with a few effective action scenes but lacks much to make it better than mediocre. The Blu-ray delivers very good picture and audio along with a moderately informative package of bonus materials. Never Go Back seems serviceable and that’s about it.