The Photograph appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a positive presentation.
Sharpness was almost always appealing. A minor amount of softness crept into a couple of long shots, but otherwise the image remained tight and well-defined at all times.
I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
To the surprise of no one, Photograph opted for a palette that heavily favored a mix of amber/orange and teal. Within the movie’s color design, the tones seemed solid.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently satisfying image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix of Photograph, it showed scope typical of the drama genre. This meant a semi-limited soundscape without much to make it stand out from the crowd.
Street shots or clubs/parties added a bit of immersiveness, as did some severe weather, but those instances remained fairly infrequent. Most of the flick came with a lot of ambience and not much else.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music seemed warm and deep, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Again, nothing about the mix impressed, but it suited the story.
Three featurettes appear here, and Shooting The Photograph runs five minutes, 37 seconds. It includes comments from writer/director Shella Meghie, producer Will Packer, and actors Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield.
“Shooting” examines the project’s origins and story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations. Though we get a few good insights, much of the featurette sticks with standard promotional material.
Culture in Film spans three minutes, 48 seconds and brings notes from Packer, Meghie, Stanfield, Rae, and producer James Lopez. The show looks at depiction of African-Americans in the movie. It tends to feel self-congratulatory.
Finally, The Film Through Photographs goes for two minutes, 24 seconds and involves Meghie, Packer, and Rae. We learn a little about the photos in the movie via this superficial reel.
A second disc brings a DVD copy of The Photograph. It sports the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Given its scope and ambition, The Photograph could’ve become a rich, engrossing drama. Instead, it tends to meander and lack real character involvement or momentum, factors that make it less than engaging. The Blu-ray offers very good picture, more than adequate audio and minor bonus materials. Despite a talented case, the movie feels dull and listless too much of the time.