Rendel appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a mostly appealing transfer.
Sharpness satisfied much of the time. A few shots seemed a bit soft, but not to a substantial degree, so most of the movie looked fairly accurate and well-defined.
No shimmering or jaggies occurred. I also witnessed no edge haloes or print flaws.
Apparently Hollywood Standard Orange and Teal is Finnish Standard Orange and Teal too, as those cliché tones dominated the film’s palette. This depressed me, but at least the transfer replicated the hues in an appropriate manner, and it threw in some reds at times for good measure.
Blacks seemed deep and tight, while low-light shots demonstrated reasonable clarity, though a few seemed a bit dim. Overall, the image was pleasing.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it worked acceptably well for the material, though I wouldn’t call this a great soundfield. While the mix came to life during the movie’s action scenes, it lacked the smoothness and specificity I expect.
Given the film’s low-budget origins, though, I can’t claim this surprised me. The audio offered generally good stereo music and used effects to broaden horizons in a reasonable manner, but it failed to demonstrate a particularly well-integrated soundscape. Though the material added breadth, it didn’t come across with a lot of transparency.
Audio quality seemed fine, with music that appeared lively and full. Despite some iffy dubbing at times, speech remained concise and without obvious flaws.
Effects offered nice range and provided clear, vivid elements. All of this seemed good enough for a “B”.
Note that the Blu-ray also included a DTS-HD MA 5.1 English version of the soundtrack. I didn’t screen it because I don’t watch dubbed movies if I can avoid it, but I wanted to mention that it appeared here.
A handful of extras fill out the disc, and these begin with The Making of Rendel. A 15–part show, it spans 26 minutes, 16 seconds and includes notes from creator/director Jesse Haaja, communication and marketing manager Jenni Jantunen and financier Timo Lappi among unnamed others.
“Making” looks at the project’s origins and development, influences, characters and story, costumes, and other production elements. Most of the information shows up in Chapter One, as that’s where Haaja covers the basics.
A few other chapters also provide additional remarks, but most of the footage across “Making” shows glimpses of the shoot. These tend to be too short to matter much, so “Making” ends up as a passable but erratic overview.
A three-minute, 39-second Proof of Concept gives us a “test reel” for the film. Used to recruit investors, it becomes a fun foreshadowing of the project.
Used to raise money for the production, a Crowdfunding Teaser lasts one minute, 43 seconds. It serves the same purpose as “Proof” and becomes a decent addition.
Finally, we get a music video for “Wonderman” by the Rasmus. The video mixes lip-synch performance with some dramatic bits to become a passable piece. The song itself does nothing for me, though, as it sounds like a track from some early 2000s “post-alternative” band.
Finland’s first-ever superhero movie, Rendel gets a footnote in history. It merits no other form of attention, though, as it delivers an amateurish, incoherent mess. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture and audio with minor supplements. Unless you feel an uncontrollable urge to support the Finnish film industry, skip this dud.