Midnight Special appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This was a good but unexceptional image.
Sharpness was usually fine, but some inconsistency occurred, and that led to interiors that could look a bit soft. Most of the movie offered nice delineation, though. Shimmering jaggies failed to appear, and I saw no edge haloes or print defects.
Orange and teal? Orange and teal. Though not oppressive, those tones dominated the film. Within their constraints, the colors looked fine. Blacks were fairly dense, and shadows seemed mostly positive; some evening shots were a little murky but not to a problematic degree. Overall, this became a satisfactory transfer.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it offered a subdued mix punctuated with occasional moments of intensity. Sporadic scenes – car chases, falling space debris, supernatural elements – added zest to the proceedings.
These stayed in the minority, though. That meant most of the film combined good stereo presence for the music with general ambience. Though not tremendously ambitious, the soundscape felt appropriate for the story.
I also thought audio quality worked fine. Music was bold and peppy, and effects showed similar tones. Those elements came acrosa as full and dynamic, with good punch. Speech appeared concise and natural. The soundtrack served the movie pretty well.
Two featurettes accompany the movie. Origins goes for 12 minutes, 36 seconds and offers notes from writer/director Jeff Nichols, and actors Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, and Adam Driver. “Origins” provides background about the movie’s characters as well as some thoughts about the actors. These add a smidgen of development to the various roles.
The Unseen World lasts five minutes, 12 seconds and features Nichols, Lieberher, Shannon, Edgerton and producer Sarah Green. “World” discusses influences and what prompted story/character elements as well as production design.
The disc opens with an ad for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. No trailer for Special appears here.
On occasion, Midnight Special starts to kick to life. However, it so heavily wears its influences on its sleeve that it never quite turns into something that stands on its own. The Blu-ray provides mostly good picture and audio but it lacks substantial bonus materials. Midnight Special keeps us mildly involved and that’s about it.