Left Behind appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not bad, the image seemed lackluster.
Sharpness took an occasional hit. While much of the movie offered pretty good clarity, parts tended to seem a bit on the soft side. This left us with a moderately well-defined presentation but not one with the bite I’d expect from Blu-ray.
I noticed no issues with jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. I also saw no signs of print flaws during this clean presentation.
In terms of colors, teal and amber dominated. The image presented these in an acceptable manner; they could’ve shown better pizzazz but they were fine. Blacks were reasonably dark, and shadows came across with pretty good clarity. The softness became the main problem and the reason this ended up as a “C+” transfer.
I also felt underwhelmed by the movie’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. A 2015 Blu-ray with lossy audio loses points right off the bat, and the quality seemed a bit restricted, as the mix didn’t have the range we’d get from a lossless track.
Audio quality was fine despite the compression – it just should’ve been better. Speech occasionally sounded a bit stiff, but the lines were intelligible and reasonably natural. Effects and music fell in the same range; they showed fair clarity but could’ve had more oomph and power. In particular, low-end response was somewhat lacking.
As for the soundscape, it showed fair scope. Obviously scenes with disaster/action elements opened up matters the best, and those used the various speakers in a decent manner, though they didn’t integrate as well as I might like. Still, the mix provided a moderately engaging soundfield, even if it didn’t impress – though it should’ve been more dynamic given all the mayhem we found in the story.
When we shift to extras, we start with eight Cast and Crew Interviews. Under this banner, we hear from director Vic Armstrong (1:30), screenwriter Paul Lalonde (8:57) and actors Nicolas Cage (6:18), Chad Michael Murray (1:00), Cassi Thomson (6:25), Nicky Whelan (3:38), Jordin Sparks (2:20) and Alec Rayme (1:22).
Across these, we learn about story/character areas, cast and performances, Armstrong’s approach to the material, and related elements. The short clips seem forgettable and superficial, but the longer ones manage a few decent notes. Nothing truly insightful emerges, but the pieces with Cage, Thomson and Lalonde have merit.
Within Author’s Reflection, we find notes from novelists Tim LaHaye (2:18) and Jerry B. Jenkins (2:15). They cover the book’s roots and its creation. These clips are too short to tell us much, but they offer a smattering of good notes.
A Behind the Scenes featurette goes for 19 minutes, one second and includes info from LaHaye, Jenkins, Lalonde, Cage, Thomson, Whelan, Murray, Rayme, Sparks, director of photography Jack Green, special effects supervisor Matthew T. Lynn and actor Han Soto. The program examines the source novel and its adaptation, story/character domains, cast and performances, sets and locations, Armstrong’s work on the shoot, stunts and action, and visual effects. On its own, this isn’t a bad featurette, but a lot of the comments repeat from the interviews. That makes “Behind the Scenes” redundant at times.
We also find a Behind the Scenes Slideshow. This runs three minutes, 14 seconds and presents a photo montage. It mixes shots from the movie and images from the shoot. Nothing especially interesting materializes.
The disc opens with ads for God Gave Me Wings, Little Red Wagon and In the Name of God. The disc also provides the trailer for Behind and additional previews in the misleadingly titled Bonus Features area.
Even with a decent number of talented participants involved, Left Behind flops. An action movie with no thrills or drama, it seems stiff, amateurish and dull. The Blu-ray provides mediocre picture and audio as well as a minor array of supplements. I can’t find anything positive to say about this poor film.