Strangerland appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. No substantial issues affected the presentation.
Overall sharpness remained good. A smattering of wider elements could seem a little soft, but those didn’t create real distractions. Instead, the movie tended to be accurate and concise. I noticed no shimmering or jaggies, and the film lacked edge haloes or source flaws.
Given the desert setting, the palette opted for a fairly yellow/sandy look, though Strangerland did the Modern-Day Hollywood thing and featured some teal as well. Within stylistic choices, the hues looked fine. Blacks were deep and dense, while low-light shots depicted appropriate clarity. The image seemed to be more than satisfactory.
Though not quite as good, the movie’s Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack suited the story. For the most part, this was a subdued affair, as the stark desert setting didn’t require much auditory ambition. The dust storm used the channels to great effect, but it was a brief standout, so the rest of the mix tended toward atmosphere.
Audio quality worked well. Music was full and rich, while speech appeared distinctive and crisp. Effects offered solid clarity and range, with nice low-end at times. I felt this became a “B” soundtrack.
The Blu-ray provides two featurettes: The Cast (8:23) and The Story (5:36). In these, we hear from director Kim Farrant, producers Macdara Kelleher and Naomi Wenck, director of photography PJ Dillon, and actors Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving and Lisa Flanagan. These tell us about story/characters as well as cast and performances as well as the movie’s development and Farrant’s approach to the material. Both featurettes tend to be fluffy and superficial.
The disc opens with ads for Kidnapping Mr, Heineken, The World Made Straight, The Iceman and Good People. We also get the trailer for Strangerland.
Parts of Strangerland fare well, as the movie occasionally lives up to its aspirations to become a dramatic thriller. However, the pacing sputters and the various elements don’t mix together well. The Blu-ray brings us good picture and audio but it lacks substantial bonus materials. Strangerland’s cast carries it but can’t keep it for general mediocrity.