Reminiscence appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. I thought the Blu-ray provided consistently satisfying visuals.
Sharpness was generally positive. A smidgen of softness appeared in some interiors, but those instances were minor. Instead, the program demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy the vast majority of the time.
I witnessed no instances of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes appeared absent. Source flaws also failed to interfere.
Colors stayed with a mix of amber/orange and teal. These choices felt predictable but the image replicated them as needed.
Blacks were acceptably dark and deep, while shadows showed positive delineation. Overall, I found this to be a strong presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Reminiscence worked pretty well. While the soundfield didn’t go nuts throughout the whole movie, it kicked into action well when it mattered.
During quieter scenes, the mix boasted good environmental material, and more active sequences delivered fine immersion and punch. The latter provided the muscle that we expected and used the speakers in an involving manner.
Overall, audio quality appeared good. Speech came across as distinct and well represented. Music presented good dynamics via the score; the music was tight and full.
Effects came across as accurate and firm, with clean highs and deep bass. The soundtrack fell short of greatness, but it mostly served the film well.
Four featurettes appear here, and You’re Going on a Journey runs four minutes, seven seconds. It involves remarks from writer/director Lisa Joy and actors Hugh Jackman, Thandiwe Newton, Angela Sarafyan, and Rebecca Ferguson.
“Journey” looks at the movie’s themes and story concepts. It feels superficial and promotional.
The Sunken Coast spans seven minutes, five seconds and brings notes from Joy, Jackman, Newton, Ferguson, production designer Howard Cummings, producers Aaron Ryder and Jonathan Nolan, SFX coordinator Peter Chesney, costume designer Jen Starzyck, and actor Cliff Curtis.
Here we look at sets/locations as well as production design, costumes and effects. We get some good insights, though a lot of self-praise comes along for the ride as well.
Next we find Crafting A Memory, an eight-minute, 24-second piece with Joy, Jackman, Sarafyan, Newton, Nolan, visual effects supervisor Bruce Jones, and composer Ramin Djawadi.
“Memory” looks at the “reminiscence” process and its execution in the film as well as music. Like the other reels, “Memory” mixes useful notes with happy talk.
A Family Reunion goes for eight minutes, 14 seconds and features Joy, Nolan, Newton, Jackman, Sarafyan, Curtis, Ferguson, stunt coordinator Brian Machleit, director of photography Paul Cameron and actors Daniel Wu and Marina De Tavira.
This program looks at the relationships among cast and crew. This turns into another superficial piece that tells us how great everyone is and how much they love each other.
A music video for “Save My Love” by Lonr. and Amber Mark appears as well. The song is decent, and this becomes a creative video, embellished by new in-character footage from Newton.
Due to its cast and production design, Reminiscence offers a sporadically compelling noir tale. However, it seems too reminiscent – ha! – of too many other stories to really succeed. The Blu-ray brings appealing picture and audio but supplements seem lackluster. While a decent movie, Reminiscence lacks the creativity it needs to excel.