The Outpost appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a mostly strong presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed positive. A few slightly soft shots materialized, but most of the flick came across with appropriate delineation.
No signs of moiré effects or jagged edges materialized, and edge haloes failed to appear. I also didn’t see any print flaws.
Like most films of this sort, Outpost opted for a fairly amber and teal feel, though it leaned more toward the sandy side of the street. The hues came across as intended and seemed positive.
Blacks looked dark and tight, but shadows could seem a bit murky at times, so nighttime shots looked somewhat opaque. Despite a few minor drawbacks, the image usually held up well.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added strong involvement to the experience. With the level of bombast expected from a movie with many scenes of combat, the soundfield used the various speakers well.
Obviously, battles proved the most involving, as they engulfed the viewer with the sounds of the setting. That side of things worked best, but other sequences also seemed quite good.
Even quieter sections placed the viewer in the action and consistently satisfied. Surround usage was pleasing throughout the film, as the back speakers bolstered the various settings well.
Audio quality was also good. Speech appeared natural, and the lines never demonstrated intelligibility problems.
Music was dynamic and lively, as the score showed excellent range and delineation. Effects were also bright and bold, with nice low-end to boot. Across the board, this was an excellent track that deserved a solid “A-”.
As we shift to extras, we start with an audio commentary from director Rod Lurie. He provides a running, screen-specific discussion of story/characters, facts and liberties, music and audio, sets and locations, stunts and action, effects, cast and performances, camerawork, and related domains.
Energetic and involved, Lurie provides a good look at his film. He touches on a slew of appropriate topics and turns this into an informative and absorbing chat.
Inside COP Keating runs 30 minutes, 28 seconds and offers notes from Lurie, author Jake Tapper, veterans Chris Cordova, Jack Kesy, Daniel Rodriguez, Ty M. Carter and Stoney Portis, co-producers Henry Hughes and Marc Frydman, tech advisors Ray Mendoza an Jariko Denman, co-screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, producers Jonathan Yunger, Paul Merryman and Les Weldon, production designer P. Erik Carlson, director of photography Lorenzo Senatore, 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Greg Powell, assistant stunt coordinator Adam Jones, makeup designer Yana Stoyanova, and actors Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Cory Hardricht, Milo Gibson and Taylor John Smith.
“Inside” looks at the project’s roots and development, research and authenticity, impressions of the actual events, sets and locations, actor training and performances, photography, stunts and action, and makeup effects.
All that means “Inside” provides a fairly effective overview of the production. It benefits from the involvement of the actual soldiers depicted in the film, so it turns into a worthwhile program.
One Deleted Scene Rehearsal spans two minutes, 14 seconds. It shows a little character exposition, as it expands a sequence from the final film. It doesn’t add much.
We also get a Song Rehearsal for “Everybody Cries” (1:06). It shows the actors as they practice a tune heard in the movie. It also fails to bring much.
Battle Scene Blocking fills one minute, nine seconds with shots of the crew as the plan a sequence. It seems too short to give us a lot.
The disc opens with ads for Crown Vic and Blood and Money. No trailer for Outpost appears here.
While it doesn’t reinvent the genre, The Outpost nonetheless brings a bracing look at combat. The movie does enough right to become an involving and affecting tale. The Blu-ray offers generally strong picture with excellent audio and a mix of bonus materials. Outpost contributes to its field.