Level 16 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a surprisingly mediocre image.
Definition was acceptable but somewhat flat. This meant the movie demonstrated perfectly decent accuracy but the image could seem a little on the tentative side.
No signs of jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also remained absent.
In terms of palette, 16 opted for a heavily blue tint. These colors tended to feel heavy and dense, without great clarity.
Blacks seemed too thick and crushed, and low-light shots veered toward the mushy side of the street. Though this wasn’t a bad presentation, it looked pretty lackluster.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it seemed competent but lackluster. The soundfield remained tame and failed to add much to the experience.
This meant the film’s subdued score used the various channels in a reasonable manner, but effects lacked a lot of room for involvement. The movie emphasized gentle atmosphere and little else, so this became a subdued mix.
Audio quality was fine, with speech that seemed natural and concise. Music didn’t jump out of the speakers, but the score showed appropriate range and dimensionality.
As noted, effects failed to add much to the experience, but they remained clear and accurate within their laid-back confines. This seemed like a pretty mediocre soundtrack.
When we look at the set’s extras, a Making of featurette goes for five minutes, two seconds. It includes comments from production designer Diana Magnus, producer Judy Holm, executive producer James Weyman, and actors Sara Canning, Katie Douglas, Celina Martin, and Peter Outerbridge.
“Making” examines story/characters, cast and performances and themes. A few decent notes emerge but this remains a pretty mediocre reel.
We also get Cast/Crew Interviews. These fill a total of one hour, 49 minutes, 57 seconds and involve Douglas (10:48), Martin (12:40), Canning (9:23), Outerbridge (10:27), actors Alexa Rose Steele, Alexis Whelan, Sydney Meyer, Kiana Madeira, Kate Vickery, Joelle Farrow, Josette Halpert and Amalia Williamson (4:58), writer/director Danishka Esterhazy (30:53), Magnus (16:02), costume designer Jenn Stroud (3:08), Holm (6:28) and Weyman (5:10).
Across these, we learn about story, characters and themes, cast and performances, sets and locations, production design and costumes, and other filmmaking domains.
Unsurprisingly, quality varies from interview to interview. The longest of the bunch, Esterhazy’s chat fares best, as she gets into a bunch of good insights. Magnus and Stroud also deliver some useful notes about their work.
Also unsurprisingly, the actors’ comments tend to work the worst, as they lean toward superficial remarks much of the time. Still, none of the reels flop, and they add enough to make this a good collection of thoughts.
The disc opens with ads for Mega Time Squad, Black As Sin, The Dark and White Chamber. We also get a trailer for 16.
Half-baked and amateurish, Level 16 lacks dramatic impact. The movie fails to develop a workable premise and it feels like an unfinished idea more than a complete film. The Blu-ray brings mediocre picture and audio along with a long collection of generally informative interviews. Level 16 becomes a slow journey to nowhere.