Macbeth appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie featured a positive presentation.
Sharpness was usually positive. A smidgen of softness appeared, but the movie mostly demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy. I witnessed no instances of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge enhancement appeared absent. Source flaws also failed to interfere.
Colors stayed extremely subdued. For all intents and purposes, this was often a monochromatic presentation, with a chilly teal orientation on display much of the time; some oranges and reds materialized as well, but not often. The colors didn’t have much to do, but they were fine within the visual constraints.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows showed generally positive delineation. Some low-light shots seemed slightly murky, but not to an extreme, and these came as part of a high-contrast visual design. In the end, the image was fine.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Macbeth, it tended toward an atmospheric feel. Music offered a nearly omnipresent factor, and effects veered toward a moody sensibility.
Nonetheless, those effects added some involvement at times. Storms contributed active material, and battles showed lively audio as well. Though the mix remained environmental much of the time, it came to life when necessary.
Audio quality was also good. Speech appeared natural, and the lines never demonstrated intelligibility problems. Music was rich and full, while effects were also bright and bold, with nice low-end to boot. The mix suited the film.
Minor extras fill out the disc. Making Macbeth runs seven minutes, 55 seconds and includes comments from director Justin Kurzel, producer Iain Canning, and actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The show looks at adaptation/story/character areas, cast and performances, the film’s setting and tone, and Kurzel’s impact on the production. “Making” comes with a handful of good notes but remains fairly superficial.
A Q&A with Michael Fassbender goes for 20 minutes, 12 12 seconds and features the actor’s October 2015 chat in NYC. Fassbender discusses the adaptation and his take on his role, co-stars and performances, and other filming areas. Fassbender offers a decent collection of comments, though I can’t say we learn anything revelatory. I remain disappointed the disc lacks an audio commentary.
The disc opens with ads for The Hateful Eight, Southpaw, and Carol. No trailer for Macbeth shows up here.
One of the best adaptations of Shakespeare to hit the screens, Macbeth boasts excellent acting and a dark tone. These factors combine to create a deep, brooding take on the material that soars. The Blu-ray offers pretty good picture and audio but it lacks substantial supplements. Macbeth becomes a total winner.