The Last Witch Hunter appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not an eye-popping presentation, the transfer served the material well.
Sharpness looked good. A smidgen of softness hit some wider shots, but those instances remained quite insubstantial, so the majority of the flick showed fine clarity and accuracy. Jaggies and shimmering failed to distract, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any source flaws and was consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Hunter went with stylized tones, as the movie tended toward teal or an orange. The hues never stood out as memorable, but they weren’t supposed to be impressive, so they were fine for this story’s stripped palette. Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted. The image offered a solid “B+” presentation.
Hunter came with a newfangled DTS-X soundtrack, one that downconverted to DTS-HD MA 7.1 for those of us without systems equipped for DTS-X playback. The audio added pizzazz to the proceedings, especially in terms of its action scenes. Those offered a variety of battle and magic elements to flesh out the material.
Even without the more dynamic sequences, the mix created a good soundscape. Environmental elements popped up around the room in a logical manner, and information meshed together well. Music showed nice stereo presence and the whole package managed to deliver a fine surround package.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was distinctive and concise, while music showed full, lively tones. Effects appeared accurate and vivid, with good low-end response as necessary. This became a strong soundtrack.
As we go to the disc’s extras, we get an audio commentary from director Breck Eisner. He delivers a running, screen-specific look at character and visual design, sets and locations, cast and performances, story/character areas, music, effects, and connected domains.
I may not think much of his movie, but Eisner provides a very good commentary. He covers a nice array of subjects and does so with a minimum of “happy talk”. All that adds up to an informative and engaging discussion.
Two Deleted Scenes appear. We find “Fear Potion” (3:48) and “Ellic’s House” (1:53). “Fear” adds a little to Chloe’s introduction, while “House” gives us more related to one of the movie’s baddies. Both act more as extended scenes than deleted ones, and neither brings much of interest.
A featurette called Crafting the Magic runs 30 minutes, 20 seconds and provides info from Eisner, producers Mark Canton and. Bernie Goldmann, makeup and special makeup effects designer Justin Raleigh, production designer Julie Berghoff, special effects coordinator Peter Chesney Sr., costume designer Luca Mosca, senior visual effects supervisor Nicholas Brooks, and actors Vin Diesel, Olafu Darri Olafsson, Michael Caine, Joseph Gilgun, Rose Leslie, Julie Engelbrecht and Elijah Wood.
We get notes about cast/performances, characters and story, visual/creature design, sets and production design, costumes, and effects. The first half of “Magic” tends toward fluff, most of which praises Diesel, but the second half seems meatier and helps redeem the program.
Four animated short films come next. We see “Before Mankind” (2:43), “The Witch Lords” (2:18), “The Witch Hunter” (2:44) and “Witches Live Amongst Us” (2:06). These give us a little background for some of the characters and situations seen in the film. They provide decent exposition.
Finally, a Sizzle Reel goes for one minute, 36 seconds. It shows movie clips along with the cover of “Paint It Black” that runs over the film’s end credits. It feels like a glorified music video- and not an especially interesting one.
The disc opens with ads for Sicario, God of Egypt, John Wick, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Extraction. No trailer for Hunter appears here.
A second disc brings us a DVD copy of Last Witch Hunter. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Perhaps a more talented filmmaker could’ve made something interesting out of The Last Witch Hunter, but director Breck Eisner lacks the skills to accomplish that feat. Instead, he creates a slow, plodding flick without any excitement or drama. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio as well as supplements highlighted by an enjoyable commentary. Maybe diehard Vin Diesel fans will enjoy Hunter, but the movie seems like a dud to me.