Queen & Slim appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The transfer appeared to replicate the source material.
Which is code for “the image had its ups and downs but I can’t criticize the transfer for the choices of the filmmakers”. Sharpness showed some of these inconsistencies, as the movie occasionally showed a diffuse impression that lacked great definition.
However, the majority of the movie appeared pretty concise and accurate. No issues with shimmering or moiré effects appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws failed to materialize.
In terms of palette, the film opted for a heavy teal palette that favored the green side of that equation. It also veered toward orange and red at times. It appeared that the disc replicated these dominant tones as intended.
Blacks were dark and dense, and shadows showed pretty good clarity. A few shots were a bit murky, but most seemed fine. This wasn’t a consistently attractive image, but it was satisfactory and it seemed to reflect the filmmakers’ intentions.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack proved satisfactory. Given the movie’s character orientation, though, not a lot of fireworks resulted.
Queen came with the occasional “action” scene, mostly on the road or when guns got involved. These offered good punch, and the resy of the mix brought out a nice sense of atmosphere.
Not a lot of created a dynamic soundscape, though. Music fleshed out the surroundings and turned this into an appropriate mix but not one that stood out as impressive.
Audio quality worked fine, with dialogue that appeared natural and concise. Music felt bright and brassy as well.
Effects seemed accurate and lively, with good clarity and punch. This became a perfectly acceptable mix for what the story wanted to do.
As we shift to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from director Melina Matsoukas and writer Lena Waithe. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at sets and locations, story/characters, costumes, photography, music, influences, themes and related domains.
On the negative side, we get a lot of praise here, as Waithe and Matsoukas often tell us how much they like various aspects of the film. However, they manage a fair number of insights as well. These observations become sufficient to turn this into a mostly informative track.
Four featurettes follow, and A Deeper Meaning runs five minutes, 55 seconds. It brings notes from Matsoukas, Waithe, producer Michelle Knudsen, and actors Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya.
“Meaning” examines characters and influences. Though a little self-congratulatory, the show evokes some insights.
Melina & Lena spans four minutes, 58 seconds and offers notes from Matsoukas and Waithe. They discuss their partnership and goals for the movie. This feels like a fairly fluffy piece.
With Off the Script, we find a three-minute, 17-second reel that features Waithe as she reads part of the script. We see the appropriate movie scene alongside in this mildly interesting contrast of the screenplay and the final product.
Finally, On the Run lasts four minutes, 33 seconds and includes Matsoukas, Waithe, Kaluuya, and Turner-Smith. “Run” looks at locations, weather, and performances. It becomes another brief but decent overview.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Queen. It boasts the same extras as the Blu-ray.
A mix of character drama, romance and crime drama, Queen & Slim never finds a groove. It offers a confused melange of scenes that feel incoherent and downright silly at times. The Blu-ray brings generally good picture and audio along with a smattering of bonus materials. Queen lacks much clear purpose.