The Prodigy appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a generally positive presentation.
For the most part, sharpness seemed good. A smidgen of softness cropped up on occasion, but not to a notable degree.
Overall clarity remained solid, and the image lacked problems like jaggies, shimmering and haloes. No print flaws marred the presentation.
Like virtually all modern horror flicks, Prodigy went with a stylized palette. We got a chilly teal feel combined with some amber tones, so don’t expect anything dynamic. That said, these suited the movie.
Blacks were reasonably dark and dense, and shadows were acceptable. Nothing here dazzled but the image seemed perfectly satisfactory.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, it offered a fairly typical horror movie soundscape. This meant a lot of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”.
Along with good stereo music, the soundfield was able to open things up in a satisfying manner that embellished the story. For the most part, the mix didn’t impress, but it worked fine.
Audio quality was always good. Music appeared full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy.
Speech was natural and distinctive throughout the film. Again, this wasn’t a heavily active track, but it made sense for the story.
When we move to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from director Nicholas McCarthy. He brings us a running, screen-specific look at how he came to the project, story and characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, editing and deleted scenes, effects, music, photography and design, influences and inspirations, and connected domains.
I loved McCarthy’s commentary for At the Devil’s Door, and he provides another terrific effort for Prodigy. McCarthy covers a broad array of domains and he does so with honesty and engagement. This winds up as a wholly satisfying chat.
We also get three Promotional Featurettes. These include “Story” (1:26), “Genre” (1:39) and “Miles” (0:55).
Across these clips, we hear from McCarthy, composer Joseph Bishara, producer Tripp Vinson, and actor Taylor Schilling. They cover story aspects of story, characters, cast and genre. They’re advertisements without informational value.
A Gallery provides 12 images from the film. It becomes a wholly forgettable compilation.
The disc opens with an ad for Child’s Play (2019). Sneak Peek adds promos for Death Wish (2018) and The Belko Experiment. We also find the trailer for The Prodigy.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Prodigy. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
As far as modern horror movies go, The Prodigy seems run of the mill. Although it comes with a few decent twists, most of it feels predictable and trite. The Blu-ray brings fairly good picture and audio as well as a few bonus materials highlighted by an excellent commentary. I’ve seen worse horror than Prodigy but I’ve seen a lot better, too.