Legion appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on these Blu-ray Discs. As expected, the shows looked pretty good.
Overall sharpness worked well, though interiors and dark shots could seem a bit on the soft side. Still, they usually displayed nice delineation.
No issues with shimmering or jaggies emerged, and the episodes also lacked edge haloes or source defects.
In terms of palette, Legion went with a mix of teal, amber, green and red. The hues looked well-depicted within those choices – well, except for some shots of red lighting, which tended to be a little murky. Otherwise the hues held up well.
Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows could be a bit dense. Though low-light elements offered fairly good delineation, they could be a little thicker than I’d like. Still, the shows largely seemed appealing.
I also liked the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Legion. For the most part, the mixes hewed toward the front, where we got nice stereo music and consistently good sense of environment.
With a lot of trippy material on display, the rear speakers added a fair amount of information as well. Psychic elements and occasional action beats fleshed out the spectrum in a satisfying manner.
Audio quality seemed pleasing, with natural, concise dialogue. Music sounded bold and full, while effects appeared accurate and dynamic. The shows came with more than satisfactory soundtracks.
A handful of extras appear here, and we find a program called Fractured Reality. It goes for 10 minutes, 35 seconds and provides comments from creator/director/writer Noah Hawley, Marvel Digital Publishing Executive Editor Nick Lowe, Marvel.com Executive Editor Ryan Penagos, costume designer Carol Case, production designer Michael Wylie, visual effects supervisor John Ross, and actors Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Katie Aselton, Amber Midthunder, and Jeremie Harris.
“Reality” looks at the series’ path to the screen, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and design choices. It’s not a terribly insightful view of the production, but it throws out a few useful nuggets.
Under Promotional Featurettes, we locate seven clips: “Uncanny Romance” (3:09), “Production Design” (2:38), “Powers” (2:37), “Make-Up” (3:00), “Visual Effects” (2:34), “Costume Design” (2:58) and “Location” (2:24).
Across these, we hear from Midthunder, Hawley, Keller, Irwin, Stevens, Smart, Aselton, Wylie, Ross, Case, Harris, special effects makeup supervisor Todd Masters and prosthetic makeup artist Sarah Pickersgill.
The clips examine story/character areas, visual design, makeup and visual effects, locations and costumes. Like “Reality”, these toss out a handful of worthwhile notes, but they lack substance.
11 Deleted Scenes take up a total of 26 minutes, 50 seconds. That’s a lot of footage, but I can’t claim any lost gems appear here, as most of the material simply extends existing sequences. It’s not a bad collection, but it’s not especially memorable either.
An extension of the X-Men universe, Legion delivers a distinctly different superhero narrative. It goes down weird, trippy paths and usually brings us an intriguing experience. The Blu-rays offer generally positive picture and audio along with a smattering of supplements. Legion’s weirdness can be a little off-putting at times, but it still works pretty well.