Kill Switch appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered largely positive visuals.
Though usually solid, sharpness occasionally took a minor hit, mainly via wide shots from Porter’s POV. Other than some minor softness in those images, though, the film came across as pretty sharp and well-defined. No issues with jaggies or shimmering materialized, and I witnessed no edge haloes or source flaws.
To the surprise of no one, Switch opted for a heavy teal orientation, with some orange/amber in “flashback” shots. Within those constraints, the colors seemed fine. Blacks appeared dark and dense, while shadows presented nice delineation. Despite the occasional soft shot, this mainly became a pleasing image.
With a lot of action on display, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack used the different channels to fine effect. Various vehicles, gunfire, explosions and other elements cropped up all around the room and created a strong sense of excitement. They all blended together well and formed an immersive setting that served the film in a compelling manner.
Audio quality was satisfying as well. Effects played the most prominent role, and they sounded clear and accurate, with deep and firm low-end.
Music presented good range and clarity as well, and speech was crisp and concise. I felt satisfied with this solid soundtrack.
Only a couple of extras appear here, and the prime attraction comes from an audio commentary with director Tim Smit. He provides a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, visual effects, sets and locations, music, editing and various other areas.
Smit went the Robert Rodriguez route on Kill Switch and wore many different hats. That means this should become a fascinating look at the “one-man show” nature of the production, and occasionally Smit does give us some strong notes.
However, the track never quite clicks into gear. While we get a reasonable amount of information about the film, Smit also tends to narrate the action too often. This becomes a decent but somewhat disappointing chat.
The Visual Effect: Inside the Director’s Process runs four minutes, 51 seconds and provides more info from Smit. He covers his sketch notebook, designs, concept art and storyboards and visual effects. Smit crushes through a lot of topics in a short period and makes this an effective little piece.
The disc opens with ads for The Assignment, Come and Find Me, The Girl With All the Gifts, Hunter’s Prayer and Cell. No trailer for Kill Switch appears here.
Between its annoying first-person photography and its muddled story, Kill Switch fails to achieve its goals. Though the sci-fi premise shows potential, the movie can’t come together to succeed. The Blu-ray offers pretty good picture along with immersive audio and a few bonus materials. Despite occasional glimmers of life, Kill Switch doesn’t connect in a meaningful manner.