Mine appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a solid transfer.
Overall definition appeared excellent. Virtually no soft shots materialized, so the movie appeared accurate and well-defined. No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.
Given the setting, a sandy palette dominated, though we got a little teal and orange as well. The Blu-ray replicated these tones appropriately. Blacks were deep and dark, and shadows looked fine. As a package, the image worked nicely.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it opened up well, largely because it incorporated action elements. Not surprisingly, the mix came to life best during these combat sequences. Bullets, explosions and vehicles zipped around us and made sure that we felt like we were part of the action.
Even during more passive sequences, the film offered a good soundscape. Music showed nice stereo presence, while environmental elements popped up in logical, natural locations. Although the mix only soared on occasion, it still formed a solid sense of atmosphere.
From start to finish, the flick boasted excellent audio quality. Speech was crisp and concise, with good intelligibility and no edginess.
Music sounded bright and dynamic, and effects were very strong. They demonstrated fine clarity and accuracy, and the mix also featured positive bass response. This was a consistently fine track.
The Making of Mine goes for 13 minutes, nine seconds, as it presents comments from actor Armie Hammer. He chats about what drew him to the project, story/character areas, his performance, sets/locations, and related areas. Hammer gives us a decent overview of the project, though the program lacks much real depth.
Two more featurettes follow. We get Storyboards (4:45) and VFX (5:01). Both offer footage without interviews or comments. This means the former shows storyboard/film comparisons, while the latter gives us before/after shots of visual effects. Both offer some good material, though I’d like “VFX” better if someone talked us through the work on display.
Four Deleted Scenes appear: “Power Positive Thinking” (1:55), “Commitment” (2:22), “Confrontation” (10:23) and “Quicksand” (1:36). The three shorter ones tend to expand character bits in a fairly minor manner and don’t really add much.
As for “Confrontation”, it adds more to the discussion between Mike and the Berber. It’s more of an extended scene than a new one, and it also fails to deliver anything memorable. We already get an awful lot of these semi-philosophical chats, so more isn’t better.
The disc opens with ads for Buster’s Mal Heart, Greater, and Cardboard Boxer. We also get a trailer for Mine.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Mine. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
At its best, Mine offers a moderately compelling survival story, but too little of the movie achieves its goals. Instead, most of the film comes across as cheesy and ham-fisted. The Blu-ray offers strong picture and audio as well as a few decent supplements. This isn’t a terrible film but it’s not a very good one either.