Molly appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image worked well.
Sharpness seemed satisfying. A few wider shots showed a smidgen of softness, but the majority of the film came across as accurate and precise.
The image lacked any moiré effects or jaggies, and edge haloes also remained absent. Print flaws failed to mar the proceedings.
Molly went for a highly stylized palette that often favored heavy yellows or greens. It also threw in plenty of prominent blues, red and other tones, all of which seemed vivid and well-depicted.
Blacks came across as deep and dark, while shadows appeared smooth and concise. The movie looked very good across the board.
I didn’t find much about the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that stood out as memorable. The soundscape heavily focused on the front channels, and music became the dominant element.
This meant effects didn’t get much to do. They usually offered general atmospheric information, with only a handful of more involving scenes. None of these used the spectrum in an especially memorable manner.
Audio quality remained fine, though the track lost points for its compressed nature. In 2018, a Blu-ray should always offer a lossless option.
Speech appeared concise and natural, and the synthesizer score showed fairly good range. Effects lacked a lot to make them stand out, but they seemed fairly accurate and tight. This became a strangely subdued, restricted mix for an action film.
In terms of extras, we get an audio commentary from writer/co-director Thijs Meuwese. He presents a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts and action, effects, editing, cinematography, music and connected domains.
Overall, Meuwese delivers a very good commentary. He touches on a nice array of subjects and avoids a lot of happy talk.
Indeed, Meuwese conveys the challenges of low-budget filmmaking, and he also discusses parts of the film he doesn’t think work as well as he’d like. Meuwese brings us an enjoyable, informative chat.
Note that the Blu-ray claims co-director Colinda Bongers also participates in the commentary. She doesn’t – as explained by Meuwese at the track’s start, she couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict.
Along with the film’s trailer, Making of Molly goes for 31 minutes, 22 seconds. It consists entirely of footage from the set, with no interviews or commentary along the way.
As much as I enjoy this kind of “fly on the wall” material, I’d prefer a program with some form of narration or verbal information, if just to give the footage context. Still, “Making” offers a mostly engaging look behind the scenes.
If you want to get a fresh take on the “post-apocalyptic wasteland” genre from Molly, don’t raise your hopes too high. Unoriginal and amateurish, the movie seems bland and forgettable. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture along with mediocre audio and some informative supplements. Molly fails to ignite.