A Score to Settle appears in an aspect ratio of 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.
Score 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 5.1 soundtrack of Score 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.
Three featurettes appear here, and first comes Story & Characters. It fills six minutes, 16 seconds with notes from producers Kevin DeWalt and Eric Gozlan, co-producer Benjamin DeWalt, director Shawn Ku, and actors Nicolas Cage, Noah Le Gros, Ian Tracey, Mohamed Karim, Karolina Wydra and Benjamin Bratt.
To my shock, “Story & Characters” looks at story and characters. A few minor insights emerge, but the show mainly feels promotional and superficial.
On Set goes for seven minutes, three seconds and features Gozlan, Le Gros, Kevin DeWalt, Bratt, Cage, Wydra, Karim, Benjamin DeWalt, Ku and director of photography Mark Dobrescu.
“Set” brings a general discussion that examines cast, crew and some production elements. Like “Story”, it lacks depth and sticks with a promotional bent.
Finally, Sins of the Father fills three minutes, 30 seconds with Kevin DeWalt, Gozlan, Bratt, Le Gros, Dobrescu, and Ku. “Sins” discusses the major plot twist in the film, and it shows some of the hints I missed when I watched the movie.
These make me feel dumb, but again, I blame my general boredom. “Sins” doesn’t come with a lot of substance, but I like the glimpse of some of the ways the filmmakers hinted at the big twist.
The disc opens with ads for Mandy, I.T., and Pay the Ghost. No trailer for Score appears here.
Parts of A Score to Settle show promise, but the glimmers of intrigue too often fall by the wayside. Throw in one of the cheesiest plot twists I’ve seen and this becomes a less than engaging movie. The Blu-ray brings pretty good picture and audio along with minor bonus materials. Score offers another flawed Nicolas Cage effort.