Synchronic appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a pretty appealing presentation.
Overall sharpness appeared good. A few slightly soft shots occasionally occurred, but they remained minor, so most of the flick offered pretty positive delineation. Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and I also noticed no edge haloes nor print flaws.
In terms of palette, Synchronic went with fairly strong sense of teal and amber. Nothing about the hues stood out, but they seemed fine for this production.
Blacks appeared fairly full and dense, while low-light shots gave us mostly good clarity. Some shadows could seem a bit thick, but those elements usually worked fine. In general, I felt pleased with the transfer.
The film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack accentuated the material. Most of the livelier moments related to the occasional supernatural elements, and we got enough of those to fill out the spectrum reasonably well. Otherwise, the film emphasized quiet ambience and provided pretty positive integration.
Sound quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy.
Speech came across as crisp and natural. The mix seemed to be satisfactory.
We find some extras here, and we begin with an audio commentary from writer/director Justin Benson, director Aaron Moorhead and producer David Lawson Junior. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the project’s roots and development, cast and performances, story and characters, sets and locations, music, cinematography and visual design, effects, editing, and connected domains.
During this chat, the participants discuss the fact that people like me review their commentaries, and they express some concern they’ll get panned. They need not fret, for as was the case with their Endless reel -–which came from the same trio – this becomes a solid look at the flick.
The track gets into all the appropriate areas and it delves into them with gusto. We find a lot of nice insights along the way in this brisk, engaging discussion.
(Footnote to Moorhead, Benson and Lawson: my Paypal account links to the email found on this page. I expect you to send me big bucks for this rave review!)
Making Of spans 15 minutes, five seconds and provides notes from Benson, Moorhead, camera operator William Tanner Sampson, and actors Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie and Ally Ioannides.
“Making” discusses story and characters, cast and performances, effects, sets and locations, music, and thoughts on time travel. While not a great piece, “Making” offers some decent insights.
With Previsualization. we find an eight-minute, 17-second reel that offers comments from Benson and Moorhead. After their intro, we get a split-screen that shows the final film in a small box at the top and the previz footage at the bottom.
Rather than the usual CG animation we expect, Moorhead and Benson’s “previz” offers material acted out by live performers, with some crude effects added when necessary. It becomes an interesting presentation.
VFX Breakdown fills two minutes, 59 seconds and shows various effects in different stages of completion. Though it’d work better with commentary attached, it still gives us intriguing images.
One Deleted Scenes goes for one minute, six seconds and looks at Steve’s medical and emotional progress. It seems interesting but not essential.
We also get an Alternate Ending that runs one minute, 28 seconds. That time includes an intro from Moorhead and Benson and gives us a finale that exists as a joke. It’s actually pretty funny.
The disc opens with ads for Max Cloud, Possessor and Cut Throat City. We also find a teaser and trailer for Synchronic.
With Synchronic, Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson continue to demonstrate their ability to create unusual and intriguing movies. However, they have yet to make a consistent film, and that leaves Synchronic as a good but not great project. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio as well as a mix of bonus materials. Synchronic works well enough to earn my recommendation, but that nod comes with caveats.