Survive the Night appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a decent but erratic presentation.
Sharpness turned into one of the inconsistent elements, as some aspects of the movie looked oddly soft. While most of the movie seemed fairly well-defined, these less precise moments created minor distractions.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. The film showed no print flaws and it came with a layer of grain, a factor that surprised me since this was a digital production. I guess the filmmakers added “grain” to give it more of a film-like appearance.
Colors opted for either heavy blue/teal or sepia/amber. These choices felt tedious and could look a little dense, though the image usually pulled them off in a satisfactory manner.
Blacks were a bit crushed, and shadows could seem somewhat heavy at times, though neither issue became a true distraction. Ultimately, the picture fell into the “not bad” category but that was about it.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it worked a bit better than the visuals, though it never quite excelled. Audio quality became a minor weak link, especially in terms of dialogue, as speech could seem somewhat thick at times.
Still, the lines always remained intelligible, even if they lacked truly natural qualities. Music showed nice range and impact, and effects followed suit, so they seemed fairly accurate and concise.
Given the nature of the story, we didn’t get an especially lively soundscape, though it became more active at times. Some thunder rolled through in a reasonably convincing manner, and gunfire added impact.
Most of the track felt more atmospheric, though, and didn’t create an especially broad soundfield. In the end, this was a competent soundtrack and nothing more.
A few extras appear here, and The Making of Survive the Night goes for 10 minutes. It brings notes from director Matt Eskandari and actors Chad Michael Murray, Lydia Hull, Jessica Abrams, Shea Buckner and Tyler Jon Olson.
“Making” looks at story/characters as well as cast and performances. Expect a banal promo piece.
We also get Cast and Director Interviews. These offer segments with Eskandari (8:41), Murray (5:52), Abrams (4:09), Hull (3:32), Buckner (6:20) and Olson (3:45).
Because these “Interviews” come from the sessions used for “Making of”, this package renders that featurette moot. In other words, don’t bother with “Making of” if you intend to view the “Interviews”.
That said, one shouldn’t expect much compelling info from the “Interviews” either. The comments remain fairly bland and lean toward praise for all involved. This becomes a lackluster collection of notes from director and cast.
The disc opens with ads for Intrigo: Death of an Author, Trauma Center, Hard Night Falling and The Courier. We also get a trailer for Survive.
Even at a brief 89 minutes, Survive the Night feels too long, as it can’t sustain its simple premise. Trite and predictable, the film does nothing fresh with its genre. The Blu-ray brings acceptable picture and audio along with a few bonus materials. Night delivers a wholly forgettable thriller.