Tolkien appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. I felt pleased with this strong transfer.
Overall sharpness worked fine. A smidgen of softness crept into a handful of elements, but those instances didnít trouble me. Instead, the majority of the flick provided solid delineation.
The image lacked shimmering or jaggies, and no edge haloes materialized. As one would expect from a brand-new movie, print defects failed to mar the picture.
In terms of palette, Tolkien opted for a mix of heavy amber and teal. Those choices seemed unimaginative but the Blu-ray reproduced them well enough.
Blacks came across as dark and deep, while shadows seemed smooth and concise. Overall, the transfer worked in a satisfactory manner.
No one anticipates a dynamic soundscape from a character piece like Tolkien, but the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track occasionally sparked to life. War scenes became the most dynamic parts of the mix, as the handful of battles used the five channels in an involving manner. Sporadic flights of fantasy also managed to create a solid soundscape.
Most of the mix stayed within the expected confines of the biopic soundscape. This meant good breadth to the music and pleasing Ė but unimpressive Ė sense of place.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech remained concise and crisp, with no edginess or related concerns.
Music fared well, as the score appeared peppy and full. Effects remained accurate and dynamic, especially during the handful of louder moments. This became a ďBĒ mix.
A smattering of extras appear here, and we open with an audio commentary from Dome Karukoski. He offers a running, screen-specific look at Tolkienís life and historical elements as well as story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, and other movie-related topics.
For the most part, Karukoski focuses on the facts behind the filmís fiction, and he gives us a nice overview of these domains. He also adds some production notes to make this an informative and engaging chat.
Called First Look, a featurette runs 12 minutes, 59 seconds and offers info from Karukoski, producer Dan Finlay, and actors Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, Tom Glynn-Carney, Patrick Gibson, and Anthony Boyle.
The featurette examines story and characters as well as cast and performances, and Karukoskiís impact on the production. This is a promo piece with very little informational value.
Seven Deleted Scenes fill a total of 12 minutes, 37 seconds. These tend toward minor character expansions, without much that qualifies as plot material. Nothing seems especially memorable, though we do get a hint of Tolkienís future writing when he mentions an ďarmy of the deadĒ.
We can view the scenes with or without commentary from Karukoski. He gives us basics about the sequences and why he cut them, but he doesnít dig into the clips in a substantial manner.
Within a Gallery, we see 17 shots from the set. It feels like a mediocre collection.
The disc opens with ads for The Favourite and The Aftermath. Sneak Peek adds promos for The Old Man & The Gun, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Shape of Water and Missing Link. No trailer for Tolkien appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Tolkien. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
As a depiction of the famous authorís life, Tolkien seems surprisingly dull. While we get a few insights related to his legendary creations, most of the movie feels sluggish and bland. The Blu-ray brings positive picture and audio along with supplements led by a useful commentary. Tolkien lacks much to make it compelling.