Stronger appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, this was a positive image.
Only a smidgen of softness ever cropped up here, mainly in some low-light shots. Otherwise, the movie showed nice clarity and delineation.
Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
In terms of palette, Stronger went with mix of teal and amber. Overall, the hues were fine for their visual choices.
Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots boasted nice clarity. This was a solid “B+“ presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it gave us competent sonics most of the time as well as a little pep on occasion. A drama like this didn’t need to boast a rock-em, sock-em mix, so the audio seemed acceptable. Usually, the soundfield didn’t have a lot to do; it concentrated on good stereo music and general ambience.
Every once in a while, though, the mix came to life – in a moderate manner, at least. This was especially true during the marathon scenes or at a hockey game. These didn’t dazzle, but they gave the mix reasonable breadth.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other concerns. Music appeared full, with reasonable definition.
Effects remained clear and accurate, with some pretty solid low-end response during louder moments. This became a fairly satisfying track.
Faith, Hope and Love: Becoming Stronger runs 29 minutes, 25 seconds and provides notes from director David Gordon Green, authors Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, executive producers Nicholas Stern and Riva Marker, hair/makeup designer Donald Mowat, costume designer Leah Katznelson, United Prosthetics’ Paul Martino and Greig Martino, cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, production designer Stephen Carter, and actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Patricia O’Neil, Danny McCarthy, Nathan Richman, Richard Lane Jr. and Lenny Clarke.
The show looks at the book and its adaptation to the screen, story/characters, cast and performances, effects and costumes, locations, production design and photography. “Faith” delivers a fairly solid overview of the film’s creation.
The disc opens with ads for Wonder, American Assassin, Patriots Day, The Glass Castle and Deepwater Horizon. No trailer for Stronger appears here.
To my relief, Stronger avoids most of the traps that befall the majority of “inspirational stories”. It feels honest and impactful as it tells an emotional tale. The Blu-ray presents very good picture along with adequate audio and one featurette. This impressive drama deserves more attention than it received theatrically.