Reprisal appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though mostly positive, the image fell short of greatness.
Sharpness worked well, as only a sliver of softness crept into the occasional wide shot. Overall definition remained positive, though, without real intrusions into that area.
I saw no evidence of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear, though the movie seemed grainier than usual, an apparent photographic choice. This didn’t work well, as it just made the movie messier than expected for something from 2018.
Colors tended toward the usual orange and teal bent much of the time, and the Blu-ray depicted the hues well. The palette didn’t sizzle, but the tones seemed well-rendered within the design choices.
Blacks appeared dark and tight, while low-light shots demonstrated nice clarity and delineation. I felt mostly pleased with this presentation, though the awkward use of grain became a distraction.
In addition, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked fine, as the mix brought the variety of natural settings to life. Various environmental bits filled the spectrum nicely, and occasional action beats used the five speakers in a dynamic way.
Audio quality appeared positive as well, with natural, concise speech. Music showed nice range and vivacity.
Effects came across as clean and accurate, with very good bass response. The soundtrack added to the movie’s impact.
Making Reprisal runs nine minutes, 29 seconds and includes comments from director Brian A. Miller and actors Frank Grillo, Johnathon Schaech, Olivia Culpo and Colin Egglesfield.
“Making” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, stunts and action, and Miller’s impact on the shoot. “Making” offers a handful of decent details but it mainly delivers promotional fluff.
Under Cast/Crew Interviews, we find a total of 26 minutes, 27 seconds of clips. In these, we hear from Miller (5:35), Grillo (4:54), Schaech (3:05), Culpo (3:06), and Egglesfield (9:26).
Across these segments, the participants discuss story/characters, cast and performances, stunts and action, sets and locations, and related domains. These interviews come from the same sessions used for “Making” and just expand on what we heard there. The remarks remain largely superficial and praise-oriented.
The disc opens with ads for Bleeding Steel, Escape Plan 2, Acts of Violence, First Kill, Marauders and Extraction. We also get the trailer for Reprisal.
Relentlessly inane and incoherent, Reprisal fails to deliver an effective thriller. It comes with far too many stretches of logic to become anything more than a waste of time. The Blu-ray brings generally positive picture and audio along with minor bonus materials. Reprisal doesn’t work.