Semper Fi appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie provided a fairly solid presentation.
Sharpness usually worked well. Though shots displayed mild softness, the majority of the movie gave us fairly accurate, precise visuals.
I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also displayed no print flaws.
Semper Fi opted for a fairly typical mix of orange and teal, though not cranked to absurd extremes. Within those constraints, colors looked appropriate.
Blacks appeared dark and dense, and shadows boasted good delineation. Low-light scenes seemed smooth and well-rendered. This turned into a largely effective transfer.
I also felt pleased with the engaging DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Semper Fi. Unsurprisingly, combat/action scenes added the most zing to the proceedings, as those cranked out vivid material from all around the spectrum.
In addition, the mix brought a good sense of place and ambience throughout the film. Music showed nice stereo presence, and effects meshed together well. These moved smoothly across speakers and formed a quality environment for the material.
Audio quality seemed satisfying. Music was clear and full, while effects offered accurate, dynamic information.
Speech appeared natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. The soundtrack fit the story on display and became a convincing partner to the visuals.
As we shift to extras, we find an audio commentary from writer/director Henry-Alex Rubin. He brings a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts and actions, effects, music and other domains.
Overall, Rubin brings a good view of the production. Occasionally he digresses into a little too much praise for those involved, but he still manages to create a largely informative chat.
Two featurettes follow, and Loyalty and Brotherhood runs 16 minutes, 54 seconds. It provides notes from Rubin, co-writer Sean Mullin, producers Karina Miller and David Lancaster, military advisor Rudy Reyes, and actors Jai Courtney, Nat Wolff, Arturo Castro, and Finn Wittrock.
“Loyalty” covers the project’s roots and development, story and characters, cast and performances, shooting military elements, photography and Rubin’s approach as director. Despite a few useful insights, most of “Loyalty” offers praise and fluff.
With Where Devotion Lies, we get a six-minute, 55-second piece that includes comments from Rubin, Miller, Mullin, Courtney, Wittrock, Lancaster, Castro and Wolff. “Lies” looks at the movie’s themes and connections. It becomes another fairly superficial program.
Four Deleted Scenes run six minutes, nine seconds. We get “Front Lawn” (3:21), “Cold Pizza” (0:21), “Clara Husband” (1:00) and “Jaeger and Clara” (1:27).
All three provide extra character info. None seem especially useful, though the two Clara scenes expand a tertiary role in a decent manner.
The disc opens with ads for Midway and Rambo: Last Blood. No trailer for Semper appears here.
A second disc brings a DVD copy of Semper Fi. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Though Semper Fi starts well, it soon loses its way. With too many story points shoved into too little running time, the film becomes inconsistent and ineffective. The Blu-ray brings fairly good picture and audio along with a few bonus materials. Semper Fi tries to fit too much into a short span and it suffers as a result