Spell appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 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, Sleep went with a heavy teal orientation, though it tossed in more than a little orange/amber as well and some reds. 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 DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, it offered a mostly typical horror movie soundscape. This meant a fair amount of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”. The storm that downs the play added some involvement, as did later weather-related material.
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.
Two featurettes appear. Rootwork: Conjuring Spell spans 17 minutes, 54 seconds and features notes from prosthetics workshop supervisor Matthew Howard-Tripp and actors Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Burroughs, John Beasley, Steve Mululu, Kalifa Burton and Hannah Gonera.
“Rootwork” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, makeup effects and working with director Mark Tonderai. Though we get a few decent notes, much of “Rootwork” feels superficial.
Next comes The Art of Hoodoo. a 12-minute, 49-second piece that offers remarks from Burroughs, Gonera, Hardwick, Burton, Devine, production designer Paula Loos, and costume designer Danielle Knox.
“Art” examines sets and locations as well as production and costume design. This becomes a pretty good look at the various subjects.
15 Deleted Scenes take up a total of 26 minutes, 51 seconds. These include a little character exposition and a few more attempts at ominous atmosphere/scares.
However, they tend to feel pretty superfluous. A few minor action beats result but none of these clips seem memorable.
The Nightmare Spell runs three minutes, 10 seconds and offers a form of short film. Essentially it acts like a teaser for the film, as it shows Marquis’s situation. I’m not sure what purpose it intends to serve.
On the surface, Spell shows room to create a good supernatural horror tale. Unfortunately, it sticks with a sluggish narrative and cinematic clichés, all of which leave it as a pretty mediocre film. The Blu-ray offers solid picture and audio along with a smattering of bonus materials. Spell can’t find the creativity it needs to prosper.