Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the movie presented strong visuals.
Across the board, definition seemed good. Even with a mix of low-light sequences, the film appeared accurate and concise, as only a smidgen of slightly soft shots emerged.
Jagged edges and moiré effects didn’t mar the presentation, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
In terms of palette, Dark went with a standard teal orientation embellished with a fair amount of amber/orange as well. Within stylistic choices, the hues seemed well-depicted.
Blacks were dark and dense, and shadows gave us good clarity. I felt pleased with this transfer.
As for the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio, it offered a mostly typical horror movie soundscape. This meant a fair amount of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”.
Along with good stereo music, the soundfield was able to open things up in a satisfying manner that embellished the story. We got a nice sense of various elements along with a useful sense of the spooky bits, some of which worked really well.
Audio quality was always good. Music appeared full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy. Low-end appeared deep and rich.
Speech was natural and distinctive throughout the film. The mix used the speakers well and created a fine sense of the material.
A smattering of extras round out the disc, and Dark Tales runs five minutes, eight seconds. It includes comments from director André Øvredal, producers Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, creature designer Mike Hill, and actors Zoe Colletti, Austin Zajur, Kathleen Pollard, Gabriel Rush, Natalie Ganzhorn, and Michael Garza.
“Tales” looks at the source and its adaptation for the screen as well as thematic/character issues. A few insights emerge but not many.
With Retro Horror, we find a five-minute, six-second reel that features Øvredal, del Toro, Garza, Colletti, Ganzhorn, Pollard, Zajur, and Rush.
“Retro” digs into story areas, influences, and Øvredal’s approach to the material. This becomes another mediocre piece.
The Bellows Construct fills three minutes, 36 seconds with info from Øvredal, and production designer David Brisbin. It looks at the movie’s haunted house set and becomes a short but engaging overview.
Next comes Creatures From the Shadows, an 11-minute, 35-second piece that offers material from Øvredal, del Toro, Pollard, Hill, Rush, Colletti, Ganzhorn, Zajur and creature designer Norman Cabrera.
As expected, “Shadows” looks at the movie’s creepy characters’ design and execution. The program brings a nice mix of details.
Under Mood Reels, we get seven segments that fill a total of 24 minutes, 27 seconds. Each one offers a summary of that week’s shoot.
This means we mainly see movie clips, though some alternate footage appears. The package sounds more interesting than it is.
Lastly, Behind the Scenes Trailers offers two clips: “Halloween Night” (2:22) and “Asylum” (2:27). These offer footage from the production. It’s unclear why they’re called “trailers”, as they don’t appear to have been used in that manner, but they’re fun to see.
The disc opens with ads for Winchester, Five Feet Apart, and Strange But True. No trailer for Dark appears here.
Though I tend to view “PG-13” horror with a skeptical eye, Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark shows that rating doesn’t determine effectiveness. While it doesn’t always soar, the movie brings a mostly involving affair. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio along with a minor set of supplements. Dark ends up as a pretty enjoyable creep-fest.