Leviathan appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was an inconsistent but acceptable presentation.
Sharpness was usually fine, but exceptions occurred. Wide shots occasionally became tentative, so some of those could be a bit on the fuzzy side. Still, overall clarity was positive; I couldn’t call this a razor-sharp image, but it looked reasonably precise. No issues with jaggies or moiré effects appeared, and no edge haloes occurred. Print flaws were also modest; occasional small specks popped up, but those didn’t become a big issue.
Colors looked decent. 1989 film stocks didn’t tend to be the most dynamic, and Leviathan could reflect those trends, but the hues usually looked reasonably positive, with only a little muddiness at times. Blacks were fairly deep, and shadows showed acceptable clarity; some low-light shots lacked great definition, but they were mostly good. I thought this was a “C+“ presentation.
Similar thoughts greeted the dated but positive DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Leviathan. Actually, the movie exhibited pretty nice spread across the front. Various elements moved smoothly across the front, and the track managed to provide a fair sense of place. Music also demonstrated appropriate stereo spread.
In terms of surround usage, the back speakers didn’t have a lot to do throughout the film. Nonetheless, they added general dimensionality and contributed pizzazz during the movie’s louder sequences. This meant elements filled out the back speakers in a moderately lively manner.
Audio quality was mostly fine for a 25-year-old soundtrack. Speech was the weakest link, as occasional signs of edginess appeared. Nonetheless, the lines remained intelligible despite some roughness.
Music showed nice fidelity and range, and effects appeared fairly accurate and robust. The track didn’t boast a ton of oomph, but it showed decent low-end. Nothing here dazzled, but the result was good enough for an age-based “B”.
Three featurettes appear here. Monster Melting Pot runs 40 minutes, 26 seconds and includes comments from creature effects designers Tom Woodruff, Jr., Shannon Shea, and Alec Gillis. “Pot” discusses the other underwater-based movies from 1989 and their impact on the production, costume design, creature effects, photography, director George P. Cosmatos, the film’s reception and related areas.
Given the jobs held by the participants, I expected “Pot” to provide a dry, limited look at the film. Happily, it blooms into something more than that, as the speakers mix useful facts with tons of fun anecdotes. All three come across as lively interview subjects and they help make this a delightful piece.
During the 12-minute, 35-second , we hear from actor Hector Elizondo. He discusses how he came to the project, his character and performance, cast and crew, and thoughts about the shoot. Elizondo offers a lively, fun look back at his experiences in this entertaining interview.
Finally, Surviving Leviathan occupies 15 minutes, one second and offers info from actor Ernie Hudson. He chats about topics similar to those covered by Elizondo. Hudson lacks the effusive charm of his co-star, but he still gives us a nice, honest view of the film.
In addition to the trailer for Leviathan, we get ads under More from Scream Factory. This domain offers promos for It Came Without Warning, Lake Placid, Saturn 3 and Swamp Thing.
While it comes with some excitement, Leviathan borrows far too much from the superior Alien to stand on its own. The movie feels so derivative that the similarities become a distraction and take away from its own potential. The Blu-ray offers decent to good picture and audio as well as a collection of fun featurettes. Leviathan brings us a watchable but highly unoriginal tale.