Tigers Are Not Afraid appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The visuals held up fairly well.
Sharpness usually looked appropriate. Some darker shots felt a little soft, but most of the time, the shows seemed accurate and concise. No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes or source flaws.
Colors tended toward stylistic choices, and this meant a lot of the usual orange and teal. These seemed fine within the series’ visual decisions.
Blacks were pretty dark and tight, and low-light shots displayed reasonable clarity, though as noted, they could feel a bit soft. While not excellent, the visuals appeared positive.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, it opened up matters in a satisfactory manner. Much of the time, the film focused on music and dialogue, but effects broadened circumstances fairly well. Occasional scenes with guns/violence added the most active material, but general atmosphere and fantasy elements also fleshed out the spectrum in a positive way.
Audio quality seems more than satisfactory. Speech remained natural and distinctive, while music appeared lively and full.
Effects displayed good accuracy and heft. This turned into a solid auditory experience.
We get a mix of extras, and we start with an audio commentary from writer/director Issa López. She presents a running, screen-specific look at story and characters, influences, cast and performances, sets and locations, photography, and connected domains.
López brings us a strong commentary. She covers the movie in an incisive way, especially when she discusses how she worked with the child actors. Expect an enjoyable and informative discussion.
The Making of Tigers Are Not Afraid runs 43 minutes, 28 seconds and brings notes from López, producers Carlos Taibo and Marco Polo Constandse, director of photography Juan Jose Saravia, editor Joaquim Marti, acting coach Fatima Toledo, acting coach assistant Vinicius Faria Zinn, prosthetics and makeup designer Adam Zoller, and actors Paola Lara, Viviana Amaya, Nery Arredando and Juan Ramon Lopez.
“Making” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, influences and realism. Though we do get some comments from the above-named participants, most of “Making” focuses on footage from the shoot.
That factor makes it especially effective. We already learn nuts and bolts from Issa López during her commentary, so the visual approach to the production works well. In particular, it becomes fascinating to watch the director elicit performances from the young actors.
Six Deleted Scenes span seven minutes, 34 seconds. These add some minor character/expository bits but nothing memorable or substantial.
From the Toronto International Film Festival, we get an Interview with Issa López and Guillermo del Toro. This chat fills one hour, three minutes, 26 seconds and looks at López’s life and career, the origins of Tigers and its path to the screen, themes, aspects of the production, cast and performances, tigers and symbolism, and other elements.
Though he also discusses the craft of filmmaking, del Toro mainly acts as interviewer – and a pretty good one, as his rapport with López creates a nice energy to their chat. We get a good array of insights from López – like her discussion of how telenovelas made it more difficult to work with the child actors – in this engaging piece.
Casting Sessions gives us three minutes, 58 seconds of auditions. These let us see tryouts for Juan Ramon Lopez, Paola Lara, Nery Arredando, Rodrigo Cortes Chazares, and Hanssel Eduardo Perez Casillas.
These offer an interesting glimpse behind the scenes. However, they’re too short.
Finally, we find three Photo Galleries. These cover “Concept Art” (22 frames), “Graffiti Art” (13) and “Behind the Scenes” (36). These present a good collection of images.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Tigers. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray except for the López/del Toro interview.
A compelling mix of fantasy and reality, Tigers Are Not Afraid becomes a winning effort. The movie uses its brief running time well and turns into an effective view of its unusual subject matter. The Blu-ray comes with mostly positive picture and audio as well as an informative array of bonus materials. Tigers offers a pretty solid drama.