Poetic Justice appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a dated but generally positive presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed fine. A handful of shots provided mild softness, but the majority of the film offered fairly positive delineation.
I saw no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects. Print flaws remained absent as well, and with a light layer of grain, I didn’t suspect any issues with digital noise reduction.
Colors tended toward a natural – albeit low-key – palette. The Blu-ray didn’t give these hues great life, but they felt well-rendered for the most part.
Blacks appeared acceptably dark and tight, while shadows brought us appealing smoothness and clarity. I thought the image held up fine over the last 26 years.
The DTS-HD MA 2.0 soundfield stayed mainly rooted in the front spectrum, where it did fairly well for itself. The mix presented good ambient sound from the side channels, and all of the audio blended together smoothly.
The rears tended to bolster the film's score, and they also provided some occasional effects, but I detected no indication any effort was made to create a surround mix that really involved the viewer. Ass such, the front speakers carried the show.
Audio quality appeared solid throughout the movie. Dialogue sounded warm and natural, and I had no trouble understanding speech at any time.
Effects were clear and realistic, and they lacked distortion. The score and songs came across nicely, as these sounded bright and full, with some good depth to the range as well. The audio mix certainly won't make your list of "demo discs", but it succeeded for this kind of character film.
A few extras appear, and we get an audio commentary from writer/director John Singleton. Recorded in the late 1990s, he offers a running, screen-specific look at aspects of his career and the film’s story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, influences, music, and related domains.
For the movie’s first act, Singleton offers a reasonably good overview, as he gives us some useful insights. After that, though, he tends to lose the plot too often.
This makes much of the commentary sputter. While we still get the occasional useful nugget – especially when Singleton discusses Tupac Shakur - a lot of the track passes without substantial information.
New to this Blu-ray, we find a featurette called Revisiting Poetic Justice. In this nine-minute, 38-second piece, Singleton discusses the project’s roots and development, the film’s place in his career, and cast and performances. Some of this repeats from the commentary, but Singleton adds some new perspectives here.
10 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 14 minutes, 34 seconds. Like most cut sequences, these tend to focus on secondary characters/situations as well as a little exposition. Also like most deleted scenes, they don’t present much of interest, so don’t expect them to add much.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a screen test. With this two-minute, 12-second reel, we see Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur together along with narration from Singleton. It’s a fun addition.
John Singleton’s second movie, Poetic Justice fails to live up to the hopes he created with his debut. A muddled mix of melodrama and romance, the story and characters fail to make a positive impact. The Blu-ray brings generally good picture and audio along with a decent set of supplements. This never becomes a truly bad film, but it fails to capture its subject matter well.