Mayhem appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The transfer presented the film in an appealing manner.
Sharpness looked good. Some softness hit wider shots, but those instances remained mostly insubstantial, so the majority of the flick showed fine clarity and accuracy.
Shimmering failed to distract, but a smidgen of jaggies crept in once or twice. Edge haloes remained absent, and the movie also lacked any source flaws.
In terms of colors, Mayhem went with subdued tones, as the movie tended toward a mix of white and teal. The hues never stood out as memorable, but they weren’t supposed to be impressive, so they were fine for this story’s stripped palette.
Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted. The image offered a solid “B+” presentation.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it packed the expected action, with active use of the various channels. Music filled the various channels in a satisfying manner, and effects fleshed out the spectrum in a logical way.
The film often opted for a hyper-real mix, so expect a lot of exaggerated elements. Those worked for the story and added punch to the proceedings.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, while effects remained vivid and full-bodied.
In addition, music was vibrant and dynamic. The audio suited the story and brought power to the tale.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs offered the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack.
Visuals showed mild improvements, mainly due to a step up in definition, as the 4K provided slightly superior accuracy. It also came with moderately deeper blacks.
Colors seemed very similar, though, as the 4K lacked HDR. That surprised me and meant the hues and contrast didn’t stand out as expected. Still, the 4K UHD looked good, even if I didn’t think it fully utilized the format’s possibilities.
As we move to extras, we get an audio commentary from director Joe Lynch, director of photography Steve Gainer and editor Josh Ethier. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific view of sets and locations, editing, cinematography, stunts, cast and performances, effects and related domains.
Led by Lynch, this becomes a lively, frank and often profane commentary. We get a good overview of the production and don’t find the usual fluffy feel, mainly because Lynch seems unable to censor himself. That allows this to turn into a vivid chat.
Creating Mayhem runs 11 minutes, 55 seconds and provides notes from Lynch and actors Samara Weaving and Steven Yeun. “Creating” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, Lynch’s impact on the shoot, working in Serbia, and how life experiences connected to the film. “Creating” turns into an above-average featurette.
With The Collected Works of Derek Cho, we find a one-minute, 26-second reel. It shows close-ups of the art created by the movie’s lead. It’s a decent glimpse of this material.
A second disc offers a Blu-ray copy of Mayhem. It includes the same extras as the 4K.
Despite some potential to become a solid action flick, Mayhem lacks the clarity and purpose it needs to succeed. Instead, it sticks with over the top shenanigans and little else. The 4K UHD offers very good picture and audio as well as as well as supplements highlighted by a brisk commentary. Mayhem doesn’t go anywhere.
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