Leatherface appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The transfer presented the film in an appealing manner.
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, Leatherface went with standard orange and teal along with arid yellows reminiscent of the original film. The hues never stood out as memorable, but they were fine for this story’s choices.
Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted – an important factor given the potentially murky interior settings. The image offered a “B+” presentation.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it lacked a ton of ambition, though I didn’t view that as a flaw. A story like this came heavy on ambience and light on opportunities for fireworks, so the absence of showy sequences failed to become a problem.
When the action heated up, however, the mix reflected that and used the spectrum well. Music filled the various channels in a satisfying manner, and effects fleshed out the spectrum in a logical way. Nothing dazzled but the mix seemed suitable for the material.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, while effects remained accurate and full-bodied.
Music was vibrant and dynamic. While this was never a memorable track, it worked for the story.
In terms of extras, a prime attraction comes from a cut of the film with an alternate ending. Whereas the theatrical version runs 1:27:42, this one goes for 1:28:44.
The two cuts remain identical until 1:18:08, at which point the alternate version keeps the climax inside the Sawyer house, whereas the theatrical extends to a wooded area.
After one character’s death, the denouement stays the same. The alternate ending doesn’t do much to change the film – outside of the setting, both feel very similar.
Behind the Bloody Mask: Making Leatherface lasts 13 minutes, 24 seconds and offers notes from producer Les Weldon, writer Seth M. Sherwood, directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, director of photography Antoine Sanier, makeup effects Olivier Afonso, and actors Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Vanessa Grasse, Sam Coleman, Jessica Madsen, and Finn Jones.
“Mask” looks at story/characters, the use of two directors, cast and performances, photography and effects. A few useful notes emerge but “Mask” remains fluffy much of the time.
Six Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 21 minutes, four seconds. One-third of this running time comes from the same “alternate ending” I discussed earlier.
As for the other five scenes, they tend to provide minor exposition for some supporting roles. None of them provide information that makes them memorable or especially useful.
The disc opens with ads for Jigsaw, The Hatred, Blair Witch, The Devil’s Rejects and The Vatican Tapes. No trailer for Leatherface.
As a premise, the prequel concept of Leatherface shows promise. However, the film brings us nothing new and seems like little more than 88 minutes of graphic violence in search of a story. The Blu-ray offers very good picture as well as solid audio and a few supplements. Leatherface becomes sub-mediocre horror.