The Last Face appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into a solid presentation.
Overall sharpness looked good. A few slivers of softness crept into a smattering of wide shots, but most of the movie offered nice clarity and delineation. I saw no signs of moiré effects or jaggies, and the image lacked edge haloes and source defects.
Colors usually went with standard orange and teal, but a few other hues materialized as well – especially when we got intense reds during some war scenes. The Blu-ray depicted these tones in a rich, full manner.
Blacks seemed deep and dense, while low-light shots demonstrated nice smoothness and clarity. I felt pleased with this high-quality image.
Though not as good, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack still worked well – better than anticipated, actually. This stemmed from the occasional warfare scenes, as those filled the channels with active, involving material.
Most of the movie went with a more restrained soundscape, though, and that seemed fine given the story’s scope. Music showed nice stereo presence and the track manifested an appropriate sense of environment within its character-focused confines.
Audio quality satisfied, as speech seemed accurate and natural. Music was lively and taut, while effects offered strong range and punch – especially during those louder war sequences. This wound up as a pretty good track.
Picturing The Last Face runs 10 minutes, 51 seconds and offers notes from producers Bill Pohlad, Matt Palmeri and Bill Gerber, production designer Andrew Laws, executive producer John Kutper, and costume designer Diana Cilliers. The show examines attempts to accurately reproduce the situations depicted as well as the story, research, cast/performances, locations and Sean Penn’s impact as director. “Picturing” offers a perfunctory overview of the subject matter.
The disc opens with ads for The Impossible, The Whole Truth, Come and Find Me, The Hunter’s Prayer and The Assignment. No trailer for Face appears here.
Despite a strong array of talent involved, The Last Face goes nowhere. It feels more like a lecture about underprivileged societies than an attempt to tell a coherent story. The Blu-ray offers solid picture and audio but it skimps on supplements. The movie winds up as a sluggish disappointment.