One Cut of the Dead appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Due to visual choices, this became a tough image to rate.
For the first 35 minutes or so of the movie, it went with semi-weak quality digital video. These scenes came with a fair amount of softness as well as blown-out whites and an ugly mix of greens and reds.
However, the remainder of the film utilized good 4K cameras, so these elements fated much better. Sharpness consistently appeared nice, with only a smidgen of softness to be found.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects came during the final hour of the film, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws also remained absent.
For the 4K-shot hour, colors opted for a subdued tone that leaned natural. The hues lacked vivacity but they seemed well-rendered within the production choices.
Blacks felt largely deep and dense, while shadows showed nice delineation. The intentional ugliness of the first hour knocked this a “B”, but I didn’t mind.
Don’t expect much from the film’s DTS-HD MA 2.0 soundtrack, as it lacked scope. Music demonstrated nice spread to the side and rear channels and that was about it.
For the rest of the movie, the audio remained essentially monaural – and by “essentially”, I mean that I couldn’t detect effects in the side/rear speakers but don’t want to claim the track remained entirely stuck in the front center. Still, it sure felt that way.
Audio quality seemed good, with speech that appeared natural and concise. Music offered nice pep and heft as well.
Effects got less to do than one might expect from a zombie movie, but they remained fairly accurate. This wasn’t a bad track, but its lack of a broad soundscape made it feel out of place for something modern.
As we head to extras, we get a Go-Pro version of Cut. This runs 38 minutes, three seconds and shows the “movie within the movie” shot from a behind the scenes perspective.
Instead of the first-person camerawork, we view everything with the crew in the frame. It becomes an unusual way to watch this portion of the film but it doesn’t seem especially compelling.
A collection of Outtakes goes for four minutes, 37 seconds. This actually consists of nine deleted scenes – or scene snippets, as none of them last long. They’re moderately interesting.
A Photo Gallery presents 12 shots from the film, while Pom! Instructional Video spans 59 seconds and shows a televised piece we see briefly in the film. Both seem like passable additions to the set.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Cut. It lacks the “Go-Pro Version” but comes with the other extras.
With a wacky concept, One Cut of the Dead comes with some clever moments. However, it doesn’t expand much beyond these nutty notions, so it feels like a loose sketch more than a satisfying movie. The Blu-ray comes with erratic but generally good visuals as well as mediocre audio and bonus materials. Cut never develops into more than a mix of comedic beats.