Ready Or Not appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a pleasing image.
Overall sharpness worked well. Some wider shots veered a smidgen toward the soft side, but they remained in the minority during this largely accurate presentation.
I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to become an issue.
In terms of palette, Ready went a lot of orange/amber and teal, as those tones dominated the presentation. Predictable as the colors tended to be, the Blu-ray rendered them in an appropriate manner.
Blacks looked dark and deep, while shadows seemed smooth and concise. I felt happy with this high-quality presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added involvement to the proceedings. The five channels used music in an involving manner, and various effects also broadened the soundscape in a winning way.
While not a film packed with action, Ready came to life enough to work the speakers well. Various horror elements related to the thrills moved around the room in a convincing pattern to contribute life to the tale.
Audio quality worked well. Speech seemed concise and distinctive, while effects appeared accurate and natural. Louder moments boasted fine punch.
Music was warm and full, with a good level of punch from percussive elements. All of this left us with a satisfactory “B” soundtrack.
A mix of extras appear, and we begin with an audio commentary from Radio Silence and actor Samara Weaving. “Radio Silence” is a “filmmaking collective” that encompasses directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and executive producer Chad Villella.
All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, effects, editing, photography and connected domains. The chat can lean toward happy talk too often, but it still manages to deliver a good array of notes about the production.
With Let the Games Begin, we find a 42-minute, 28-second documentary that involves Gillett, Bettinelli-Olpin, Villella, Weaving, producers Tripp Vinson and James Vanderbilt, writers R. Christopher Murphy and Guy Busick, assistant art director Laura Hokstad, costume designer Avery Plewes, and actors Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Adam Brody, Elyse Levesque, Kristian Bruun, Melanie Scrofano, and Nicki Guadagni.
“Begin” examines the project’s development, story/characters, how Radio Silence got the gig, cast and performances, production design and cinematography, costumes, weapons, and various effects.
With 42 minutes at its disposal, “Begin” manages to produce a fairly decent overview of the production. However, it leans toward happy talk more often than I’d like, so it lacks the depth it should achieve at its length. It’s still good enough to be worth a look, but I hoped it’d be better.
A Gag Reel spans four minutes, five seconds and presents the usual goofs and giggles. Don’t expect anything too exciting.
Under Gallery, we split into two domains: “On-Set Photography” (12 images) and “Le Domas Family Games” (15). “On-Set” seems forgettable, but “Le Domas” allows a fun look at the games invented for the movie.
The disc opens with an ad for Child’s Play (2019). Sneak Peek adds a promo for American Horror Story: 1984, and we also get the film’s “red band” trailer.
Blessed with a clever concept, Ready or Not occasionally lives up to its potential. That said, it lacks consistency and doesn’t quite ignite as often as it should. The Blu-ray brings very good picture, appropriate audio and useful bonus materials. Ready could be better but it’s still a reasonably fun ride.