Jonathan appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though always watchable, the image seemed a bit iffy at times.
Sharpness became the most problematic area, as significant bouts of softness occurred. While much of the movie seemed well-defined, odd exceptions popped up as well. These might be intentional, but I couldn’t figure out a logical reason for the strange soft spots.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any print flaws.
Colors tended heavily toward teal with some amber tossed in as well. These didn’t stand out as dynamic but they seemed adequate given the visual design.
Blacks were acceptable – albeit a little inky – and shadows worked fairly well. Low-light shots could be somewhat dense, but they seemed fine for the most part. Though much of the movie looked good, enough issues occurred to make it a “B-”.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as it suited the material reasonably well. For the most part, the soundscape focused on score and general moody ambience, and it used those components in a moderately satisfying way.
That meant we didn’t get a lot from the soundfield beyond environmental material. Given the story’s character emphasis, though, I didn’t view this as a concern.
Audio quality held up well, with speech that appeared concise and distinctive. Music came across nicely, as the score felt full and rich.
Effects also succeeded. Those elements displayed positive accuracy as well as solid low-end response. For a character film, the soundtrack seemed satisfactory.
The disc opens with ads for Burning, Shadow and The Endless. We also find a trailer for Jonathan.
As a film, Jonathan feels like a concept expanded to feature length. The movie fails to explore its characters or themes in a compelling manner, so it feels superficial and forgettable. The Blu-ray brings acceptable picture and audio and it lacks supplements. Beyond a mildly intriguing premise, Jonathan fails to offer much.