Push appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Despite a few tiny concerns, I felt very pleased with the transfer.
My only mild complaint related to source flaws. I noticed a handful of miniscule specks during the movie. Otherwise, the flick seemed to be devoid of print defects. Push featured intentional grain at times, but I wouldn’t fault the transfer for that.
Otherwise, everything here looked great. Sharpness was virtually immaculate. At all times, the flick came across as tight and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement appeared to be absent.
In terms of palette, the flick boasted a loud stylized sense of color. The hues bordered on garish, but they fir with the film’s ambitions. Blacks were tight and dark, and shadows looked clear and smooth. The smattering of source flaws almost made this a “B+” transfer, but I liked the rest too much to drop it below an “A-“.
While not as impressive, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Push also succeeded. Actually, this one almost landed a “B” because it lacked the level of ambition I expected from this kind of film. Oh, the soundscape offered a lot of material and immersed us in the action to a reasonable degree, but honestly, I’m not looking for “reasonable degree” from a wild sci-fi flick. I want there to be a dazzle factor that didn’t occur during Push.
Still, the soundfield worked well enough. Music boasted good stereo imaging, and the effects fleshed out all five speakers in a satisfying way. Nothing here really impressed, but it was satisfactory.
Audio quality was very good. Despite lots of looped dialogue, speech remained natural and concise. Music was loud but still clear and full. Effects offered solid range and power, as the film’s louder moments packed a good punch. You won’t find demo-quality material here, but you’ll get a pretty effective track.
When we shift to the disc’s extras, we begin with an audio commentary from director Paul McGuigan and actors Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of story/character issues, cast and performances, stunts and effects, camerawork and visual design, shooting in Hong Kong, and a few other production areas.
Even with three participants, we don’t get a ton of good information here. We find a surprising amount of dead air, and we also discover a lot of happy talk. At times, the speakers manage to offer some decent tidbits, but the commentary never becomes better than average.
Four Deleted Scenes run a total of three minutes, 13 seconds. We find “Cassie Buys Alcohol” (0:33), “Stowe and Popgirl on the Phone” (0:33), “Cassie Hides from Stowe” (1:12) and “Stowe Killed by Popgirl” (0:56). None of these amount to much more than minor bits of filler, really. “Killed” seems the most compelling, but even it doesn’t add anything significant.
We can watch the deleted scenes with or without commentary from McGuigan. He gives us some thoughts about the sequences and tells us why he cut them. McGuigan delivers a few interesting remarks.
The Science Behind the Fiction lasts nine minutes, 17 seconds and features McGuigan and US Special Operations Consultant Dr. John Alexander. The program looks at some of the psychic concepts involved in the movie. There’s an interesting featurette to be made on this topic, but “Science” isn’t it. It dances around the various subjects but doesn’t tell us much of value.
A few ads open the disc. We get clips for Knowing, Astro Boy, and The Brothers Bloom. No trailer for Push appears here.
At its heart, Push has the potential to offer a dynamic action flick. Unfortunately, it comes with a poorly told story and characters that never develop. Despite a few good action bits, the film drags too much to enthrall us. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals, very good audio, and a passable set of supplements. I like the Blu-ray, but the movie itself doesn’t do much for me.