Secret In Their Eyes appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transferred looked pretty good.
Sharpness was fine. A little softness occurred in some wide shots, but those instances didn’t become a concern. Overall definition seemed positive. I noticed no jagged edges or moiré effects, and the presentation lacked apparent edge haloes or other artifacts. I also saw no print flaws, as the movie always seemed clean.
In terms of colors, Secret opted for a cool palette that emphasized teals and tans. While not exciting, the colors looked fine within the design parameters. In addition, blacks were dark and tight, while low-light shots were decent; some could be a bit dense, but they weren’t bad. This was a generally positive presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added breadth to the experience. The movie didn’t deliver a rock-em-sock-em soundscape, but it managed to open up well, especially when it dealt with street scenes; those showed a nice sense of the atmosphere.
A few louder sequences made more dynamic use of the spectrum, but those didn’t pop up with great frequency. Instead, the emphasis on general environment remained, and that was fine. I felt the soundfield fit the material.
Audio quality always pleased. Speech remained natural and concise, with no edginess or other flaws. Music sounded full and dynamic, while effects came across as accurate and clear. All of this suited the film and earned a solid “B”.
The disc comes with a smattering of extras, and these open with an audio commentary from director/screenwriter Billy Ray and producer Mark Johnson. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the original movie and its adaptation, story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing, and related domains.
Ray does most of the heavy lifting here, and I’m fine with that, as he gives us a good look at the project. We find a nice array of details and receive a solid overview of the production. This ends up as a satisfying commentary.
Two featurettes follow. Adapting the Story For Today’s World lasts one minute, 59 seconds and offers info from Ray, El Secreto de Sus Ojos executive producer Juan Jose Campanella, and actors Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ojiofor, and Nicole Kidman, “World” tells us a little about bringing the American remake to the screen. It offers nothing more than a glorified trailer.
Julia Roberts Discusses Her Most Challenging Role goes for three minutes, 23 seconds and features notes from Roberts and Ray. We get a few thoughts about Roberts’ approach to a key movie scene. It contains a bit more detail than the superficial “World”, but it still exists mainly as a promo piece.
The disc opens with ads for Desierto, The Danish Girl, Steve Jobs, Spotlight, Suffragette and Trumbo. No trailer for Secret shows up here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Secret. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
With a strong cast and an intriguing story, I hoped to get a tight, deep thriller from Secret In Their Eyes. Instead, problematic storytelling choices make it inconsistent and plodding. The Blu-ray delivers mostly good picture and audio along with a few supplements led by an informative audio commentary. The movie ends up as a definite disappointment.