M3GAN appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a solid presentation here.
The majority of the movie appeared pretty concise and accurate. Some minor softness impacted the occasional interior shot, but most of the flick seemed accurate and well-defined.
No issues with shimmering or moiré effects appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws failed to materialize.
In terms of palette, the film opted for a teal palette that favored the blue side of that equation as well as a fair amount of amber. It appeared that the disc presented these dominant tones as intended.
Blacks were dark and dense, and shadows showed good clarity. This was a largely satisfying presentation.
In addition, the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack proved more than adequate, though not stellar. Despite the horror tale on display, the mix didn’t pack a whole lot of lively material.
M3GAN came with occasional violent scenes, and these offered good punch. The rest of the mix brought out a nice sense of atmosphere.
Not a lot of created a dynamic soundscape, though. Music fleshed out the surroundings and turned this into an appropriate mix but not one that stood out as impressive.
Audio quality worked fine, with dialogue that appeared natural and concise. Music felt full and dynamic as well.
Effects seemed accurate and lively, with good clarity and punch. This became a perfectly acceptable mix for what the story wanted to do.
The Blu-ray includes both theatrical (1:41:56) and unrated (1:41:50) cuts of M3GAN. Wait – the unrated edition lasts six seconds shorter than its “PG-13” counterpart?
That seems strange, and I initially wondered if the disc simply mislabeled the two cuts. However, when I got to the unrated version’s second “F”-bomb – of many more - I realized it indeed comes with a shorter running time.
Whatever happened, obviously one won’t find clear differences between the two. In addition to more strong profanity, the unrated M3GAN delivers a little more graphic gore and violence.
All of this seems far too minor to make the unrated M3GAN substantially different than its “PG-13” counterpart. I’m glad the disc provides it but it fails to offer alterations beyond these ratings-related domains.
A few featurettes appear, and A New Vision of Horror runs five minutes, 51 seconds. It provides notes from producer Jason Blum, director Gerard Johnstone, co-writers Akela Cooper and James Wan, New Zealand line producer Jill Soper, key makeup artist Stef Knight, animatronics technician Devin Seman, set designer Neil Kirkland, director of photography Peter McCaffrey, XYTECH’s Harry Harrison, metal fabrication supervisor Joel Ahie-Drought, costume designer Daniel Cruden, and actors Allison Williams, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Ronny Chieng, and Jen Van Epps.
“Vision” looks at the movie’s premise and themes, Johnstone’s impact on the production, sets and locations, and various effects. A few good notes emerge but much of “Vision” feels promotional.
Bringing Life to M3GAN spans five minutes, 22 seconds and offers info from Williams, Knight, Johnstone, Cruden, Blum, McCaffrey, Seman, Wan, Chieng, puppet lead Kathy Tse, supervising puppeteer Adrien Morot, puppeteer Paul Lewis, and actors Amie Donald and Violet McGraw.
We get a look at the design and execution of M3GAN. It becomes a decent overview, albeit one with more fluff than I’d like.
Finally, Getting Hacked fills three minutes, 45 seconds with remarks from Williams, Donald, Blum, Johnstone, Knight, Chieng, Wan, movement coach Jed Brophy, stunt coordinator Isaac Hamon, and actor Stephane Garneau-Monten.
This one also covers ways the film brought M3GAN to life, with an emphasis on stunts and violence. It follows the same light and mildly informative vibe of the other two featurettes.
A second disc delivers a DVD copy of M3GAN. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
A decent box office hit, M3GAN manages its own spin on a particular horror genre. While it never quite excels, the movie becomes a generally entertaining thriller. The Blu-ray brings good picture and audio as well as minor bonus materials. Nothing here makes M3GAN a great flick, but it becomes moderately satisfying