Terminal appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The film came with a surprisingly mushy presentation.
Which may well have been intentional and meant to fit the film’s general sense of oddness, but if so, I couldn’t figure out the logic involved, as plenty of the film looked fine. Sharpness was generally positive, as the majority of the flick offered good clarity, but enough exceptions occurred to become a distraction. These left us with a moderately soft impression at times.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also remained absent.
Colors went with a broad mix of garish tones. These leaned toward heavy blues, greens, reds, purples, pinks and yellows, all of which seemed a bit dense – though again, I suspect at least some of this stemmed from production design.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared fairly clean and accurate. Much of the film looked fine, but the inconsistencies made this a lackluster presentation overall.
I found more consistency from the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1, though it never stood out as impressive. The soundscape accentuated music, as the score and songs used the five channels in an involving manner.
Effects had less to do, though they added life at times. The story featured enough violence to bring some bang to the picture, and general atmosphere seemed fine.
Audio quality worked well enough, with speech that appeared natural and concise. Effects proved accurate and full, with good dimensionality.
Music showed nice range and depth as well. The soundtrack never stood out as great, but it served the film in a satisfactory manner.
A few featurettes flesh out the disc, and these open with The Cast of Terminal. It goes for six minutes, 14 seconds and includes notes from writer/director Vaughn Stein and actors Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher, and Max Irons.
The show looks at cast, characters and performances. It does little more than praise the actors.
Building the World of Terminal lasts six minutes, 14 seconds and features Vaughn, Robbie, Fletcher, Myers, Irons, Pegg, director of photography Christopher Ross, production designer Richard Bullock, and hair/makeup designer Sallie Jaye.
“Building” looks at locations and various visual design choices made for the film. It lacks great depth but it offers a few useful insights.
For the final featurette, we get the two-minute, five-second From Concept to Creation. It offers a splitscreen comparison between concept art/storyboards and some finished scenes. It becomes a short but fun way to see the two sides.
A Photo Gallery presents 18 stills from the film. It’s eminently forgettable.
The disc opens with ads for The Limehouse Golem, Pilgrimage, and Brawl in Cell Block 99. No trailer for Terminal appears here.
All style and little substance, Terminal wastes a good cast. Though it occasionally threatens to turn into violent fun, the end result seems so muddled that it doesn’t go anywhere. The Blu-ray presents erratic visuals with generally positive audio and a handful of minor supplements. The film comes with potential but it doesn’t live up to hopes.