Jessabelle appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image seemed positive.
Overall definition seemed good, with only a little softness along the way. Any instances of softness stayed minor and created no real distractions. I noticed no jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws remained absent.
As one might expect, the film opted for a stylized palette, though tints varied dependent on setting. “Happier” scenes went with an amber impression, while “scarier” sequences tended toward a teal tone. These weren’t imaginative decisions, but they seemed acceptable. Blacks were dark and tight, and shadows showed appropriate delineation. I felt pleased with the transfer
As one would expect from a horror tale, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack came with a fair amount of sonic pizzazz. Scare scenes added some spark and atmosphere contributed some involving material. These gave the mix many chances for active use of the five speakers and it created a broad, engaging spectrum.
Audio quality was solid. Effects came across as accurate and concise, and speech seemed natural and crisp. Music was lush and full as well. This became a good mix that suited the material.
The set throws out a few extras, and these start with an audio commentary from director Kevin Greutert, writer Robert Ben Garant and executive producer Jerry P. Jacobs. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of how Garant came to write the script, story/character areas, sets and locations, effects, music, cast and performances, and related domains.
From start to finish, the participants deliver a pretty rollicking commentary. They manage a light tone with a lot of funny moments but still give us a high level of useful information about the film. This results in a lively, entertaining and educational discussion.
During the nine-minute, 14-second Deep in the Bayou, we hear from Greutert, Jacobs,
production designer Jade Healy, and actors Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and David Andrews. “Bayou” looks at story/characters, sets and locations, and a few other movie-based areas. A handful of decent insights emerge, but “Bayou” remains pretty superficial most of the time.
Some unused footage appears as well. We get seven Deleted Scenes (7:48), Outtakes (2:39) and an Extended Ending (1:11). The “Deleted Scenes” mostly concentrate on sequences from the film’s earlier moments; they also add a little to existing segments between Jessie and Preston. None of them seem significant – or interesting, honestly.
As for the “Outtakes”, they give us a blooper reel with the usual wackiness. The “Extended Ending” just pads the existing finale by about 45 seconds. Nothing stimulating or intriguing happens during that period.
The disc opens with ads for Sinister, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Quiet Ones and Mas Negro Que La Noche. No trailer for Jessabelle shows up here.
At times, Jessabelle shows promise. However, it usually sticks with “tried and true” horror devices, and those make it a fairly mediocre film. The Blu-ray presents fairly good picture and audio along with supplements highlighted by a solid commentary. I’ve seen worse horror films than Jessabelle, but it does nothing to make it memorable.