Never Open the Door appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image was watchable but erratic.
Sharpness became one of the inconsistent elements. Much of the film showed fairly good accuracy, but more than a few oddly soft shots occurred. I got the impression Door was filmed on lesser-quality digital cameras, and that left the result as less than concise.
No signs of jagged edges or shimmering materialized, and I saw no edge haloes or unintentional print flaws. The black and white imagery tended to seem somewhat flat, as the movie lacked great contrast. Blacks were too dense and inky, and shadows could be a little too dark. This was all still good enough for a “C+”, but the movie never offered strong visuals.
Unusual for a modern movie, Door opted for a simple Dolby Stereo soundtrack. As mentioned in the body of the review, this appeared to be a conscious choice to embrace the film’s “retro” feel, but it still surprised me.
Even the stereo designation wasn’t really accurate, as Door came across as monaural. If any audio popped up in the left or right channels, I didn’t hear it, as the end result felt firmly oriented in the center.
Not only did the mix lack ambition, but also it suffered from mediocre quality. Dialogue tended to be thick and sibilant, with a fair amount of awkward dubbing along for the ride.
Music and effects seemed somewhat harsh and metallic, and the mix lacked a natural feel. Balance was off, which meant quiet elements – like simple dinner sound effects – became too loud.
This was an awkward, amateurish soundtrack that was far below 2016 standards. Even if we accept the choice to give a modern movie a monaural mix, the quality of the track made it problematic.
Among the set’s extras, we get three chats under the banner of “A Conversation With”. The first involves actress Jessica Sonneborn and runs seven minutes, 22 seconds. She chats about how she got her role, her character/performance, working with makeup effects, and aspects of the shoot. Sonneborn gives us a few decent thoughts.
“A Conversation with Director Vito Trabucco” lasts 11 minutes, 41 seconds. The filmmaker discusses the film’s roots and development, story/character areas, inspirations and stylistic choices, sets and locations, cast and performances, elements of the shoot, editing and music. Trabucco speaks quickly and packs a lot of info into this short, engaging piece.
Finally, we get “A Conversation With Producer Christopher Maltauro”. In this 11-minute, 45-second piece, the producer talks about collaborating with Trabucco and story choices, improvisation, effects, influences, stylistic choices and other production areas. Maltauro expands on Trabucco’s thoughts in this good interview.
One note about the Maltauro conversation: it ends extremely abruptly, with the producer in mid-thought. This clearly wasn’t intentional, but I don’t know if it’s just a weird glitch on my copy or it’ll affect all Blu-rays of Door.
For Maggie fills six minutes, 15 seconds with Sonneborn, Trabucco, and Maltauro. They discuss Maggie Dillon, a special makeup effects artist who died after the film’s completion. It becomes a nice remembrance.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a Photo Gallery. It provides a running four-minute, 20-second compilation of shots from the movie and from the set. It never becomes especially interesting.
At its heart, Never Open the Door offers the basics for an effective thriller. However, the project seems so idiotic and amateurish that it falters from start to finish. The Blu-ray presents acceptable picture with limited audio and a decent roster of bonus materials. If you’re not directly related to someone involved, you should skip Door - it’s terrible.