London Has Fallen appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good but somewhat inconsistent presentation.
In particular, some interiors seemed oddly soft. I suspect this stemmed from the original photography, but I couldn’t discern a logical reason for the lack of definition, as these occasional shots appeared fuzzy for no clear purpose.
Still, most of the movie offered nice delineation, and I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects. The film also lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
If you suspected London would come with the modern standard teal and amber palette, you’ll get what you expected. Given their ambitions, the hues looked fine here.
Blacks came across nicely. Dark tones were deep and rich, without any muddiness or problems. In addition, low-light shots gave us smooth, clear visuals – other than the occasional soft shots of course. Outside of those sporadic iffy interiors, this became a good presentation.
I felt very happy with the solid DTS X soundtrack of Lodnon. Downconverted to DTS-HD MA 7.1, the mix offered plenty of opportunities for lively auditory information, and it took good advantage of these.
From the road chases to gunfire to explosions to other action elements, the mix filled the speakers on a frequent basis. The track placed information in logical spots and blended all the channels in a smooth, compelling manner.
Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end.
Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film and added a lot to the action.
Two featurettes appear here, and The Making of London Has Fallen runs 13 minutes, 16 seconds. It features comments from producers Les Weldon and Alan Siegel, director Babak Najafi, director of photography Ed Wild, senior visual effects supervisor Sean Farrow, costume designer Stephanie Collie, executive producers Avi Lerner and Christine Otal Crow, and actors Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Alon Aboutboul, Morgan Freeman, Waleed Zuaiter, Jackie Earle Haley, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Sean O’Bryan, and Robert Forster.
With “Making”, we look at story/characters and challenges related to the creation of a sequel, cast and performances, Najafi’s impact on the production, sets and locations, photography, stunts, action and effects.
Since it gets only 13 minutes, “Making” rushes through its topics. Still, it offers a reasonable overview of the production domains.
Guns, Knives and Explosives lasts seven minutes, 42 seconds and provides notes from Najafi, Butler, Farrow, Eckhart, Weldon, Wild, 2nd unit director Steve Griffin, and security specialist/technical advisor Will Geddes.
As implied, “Guns” mainly examines stunts, action and effects. It does so in a fairly positive manner despite its brevity.
The disc opens with ads for Kubo and the Two Strings, A Monster Calls, The Young Messiah, Eye in the Sky, Triple 9, Mr. Robot, The Expanse, Hail Caesar and Hardcore Henry. Previews adds promos for Self/Less, Sinister 2, Black Sea, The Forest, Closed Circuit and Hanna. No trailer for London appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of London. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Even though I hated Olympus Has Fallen, I hoped its sequel would offer something entertaining. Alas, it doesn’t, as London Has Fallen becomes another stale, trite action flick without redeeming value. The Blu-ray boasts generally good picture as well as excellent audio and minor bonus materials. As much as I want to like the film, I can’t find much to embrace here.