The Aftermath appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a positive visual impression.
Overall definition seemed positive. Only a little softness materialized, so the movie usually appeared accurate and concise.
I noticed no signs of jaggies or edge enhancement, and shimmering was absent. The film lacked print flaws and seemed clean.
In terms of colors, Aftermath went for a teal tint that connected to the environment. Interiors opted for a light orange/amber feel as well. These appeared fine within the film’s stylistic choices.
Blacks seemed dark and tight, and shadows demonstrated good clarity. This added up to a satisfying presentation.
A character drama wouldn’t seem to be a candidate for a whiz-bang soundtrack, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Aftermath fell into expected realms. Usually the track remained oriented toward ambience, so don’t expect lots of sizzle from the mix.
A few exteriors added some punch. We saw riots and other scenes that contributed a bit of activity, but most of the track remained subdued.
Audio quality satisfied. The music was full and rich, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy.
Speech – obviously an important factor here – appeared concise and crisp. Nothing here soared, but it all seemed perfectly adequate for the project.
As we shift to extras, we start with an audio commentary from director James Kent. He offers a running, screen-specific look at the source novel and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, historical elements, music, design choices and period details, themes and symbolism.
For the most part, Kent offers an engaging view of his film. At times he does little more than narrate the action, but he provides enough substance to make the track worth a listen.
Entitled First Look, we get a featurette that runs 12 minutes, nine seconds and provides info from Kent, co-writer Rhidian Brook, executive producer Ridley Scott, Brook’s father Rhidian, producers Jack Arbuthnott and Malte Grunert, production designer Sonja Klaus, and actors Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgård.
“Look” covers story and characters, cast and performances, production design, and other areas. It becomes a decent but unmemorable program.
Three Deleted Scenes occupy a total of five minutes, 56 seconds. We get “The Werewolf Is A Myth” (1:48), “Operation Gomorrah” (2:27) and “Spoils of War” (1:40).
The scenes mainly offer general exposition. None of them seem bad but they also don’t feel especially necessary.
We can view the scenes with or without commentary from Kent. He gives us background about the sequences as well as why he cut them. Kent brings worthwhile thoughts.
Under VFX Progressions, we find a quick one-minute, 54-second reel that lets us see shots with various levels of effects. It’s short but fun.
We can watch the “Progressions” with or without commentary from Kent. I recommend you activate his narration, as the footage is silent so he doesn’t intrude. Kent also gives us a few good thoughts about the material.
A Gallery presents 30 images that mix behind the scenes photos with shots from the film. It’s fairly mediocre, and the decision to windowbox the pictures makes them less appealing.
The disc opens with ads for The Favourite and Can You Ever Forgive Me. Sneak Peek adds promos for The Old Man and the Gun and The Shape of Water, and we also find the trailer for Aftermath.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Aftermath. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
As a period drama, The Aftermath feels fairly inert. While it comes with a good cast, it fails to muster the emotion it needs to succeed. The Blu-ray brings positive picture and audio as well as a useful selection of supplements. Dull and bland, the film never connects.