The Rhythm Section appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. I felt satisfied with this appealing presentation.
Sharpness seemed good. Only a little softness appeared in some interior shots, so the movie usually appeared tight and concise.
Jagged edges and shimmering didn’t cause distractions, and edge enhancement seemed to be absent. Source flaws also failed to pop up in this clean transfer.
Section presented a fairly subdued, amber-influenced palette much of the time, with some light teal and green as well. The colors seemed accurately reproduced within the stylistic choices.
Blacks came across as dark and dense, while shadows were well-depicted and smooth. No obvious concerns marred this solid transfer.
The DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Section worked fairly well, and various action elements offered the most active use of the spectrum. These scenes didn’t emerge on a frequent basis, but when they appeared, they utilized the soundscape in an engrossing manner, and music made active use of the different channels.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music showed good range and vivacity, while effects worked nicely. Those elements came across as accurate and full, with solid low-end response and positive definition. This left us with a “B” soundtrack.
As we head to extras, we find five featurettes, and Stephanie’s Journey runs seven minutes, 53 seconds. It brings comments from director Reed Morano, writer Mark Burnell, and actors Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, and Raza Jaffrey,
“Journey” looks at the movie’s lead character as well as Lively’s performance. A few minor insights emerge but the piece mostly feels fluffy.
Fight or Flight spans six minutes, 10 seconds and includes notes from Morano, Lively, Law, and supervising stunts/fights coordinator Olivier Schneider.
As implied by the title, “Flight” examines the movie’s stunts and fight scenes. Like “Journey”, “Flight” comes with a few insights amid a lot of happy talk.
With Never Leave Second Gear, we get a six-minute, 11-second piece with info from Lively, Morano, 2nd unit director/special effects coordinator Chris Corbould, director of photography Sean Bobbitt, stunt coordinator (vehicles) Lee Morrison and executive producer Gregg Wilson.
Here we learn about the movie’s car-based stunts. It seems moderately informative.
One Shot Explosion goes for two minutes, 18 seconds and features Lively and Corbould. We get a quick look at a big stunt in this short but decent clip.
Lastly, Designing The Rhythm Section takes up two minutes, 38 seconds with comments from Law, Jaffrey, production designer Tom Conroy and set decorator Crispian Sallis.
This gives us a brief take on sets and locations. It becomes a serviceable overview.
Six Deleted/Extended Scenes occupy a total of 17 minutes, 30 seconds. Most of these look at Stephanie’s time in despair or training, and they just would’ve made an already slow movie even more plodding.
The only potential exception comes from two sequences that feature Stephanie’s abuse from her pimp, as they seem moderately interesting. Nothing here really feels like it needed to make the final cut, though.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Section. It lacks any of the Blu-ray’s extras.
At its core, The Rhythm Section presents a potentially vivid action-revenge tale. Unfortunately, the end result seems slow and turgid, without the desired visceral impact. The Blu-ray comes with pretty positive picture and audio as well as a decent selection of bonus materials. Despite another worthwhile lead performance from Blake Lively, the movie feels dull.