Truth appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a positive presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. A hint of softness occasionally materialized, but the movie usually showed pretty good clarity. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.
Truth usually gave us an amber/orange-tinted palette. Other hues appeared – like a bit of teal at times - but the golden/orange feel dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive. Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed reasonable smoothness and clarity. No real issues affected this appealing presentation.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Truth, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up a bit on occasion. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for a chatty movie.
The disc comes with a mix of extras, and these launch with an audio commentary from writer/director James Vanderbilt and producers Brad Fischer and William Sherak. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the project’s origins and development, sets and shooting in Australia, story/character/script areas, cast and performances, cinematography and visual design, music, editing and related subjects.
Overall, this becomes a pretty solid chat. It comes with a few lulls, but those pale in comparison to the level of information covered. In particular, Vanderbilt shows a strong personality and helps turn this into a lively piece with many good details about the production.
Six Deleted Scenes total 12 minutes, 11 seconds. These mainly offer a little added exposition – and more lecturing/editorializing. A few good comedic moments result but nothing substantial appears here.
Two featurettes follow. The Reason for Being lasts 11 minutes, 32 seconds and includes comments from Mary Mapes, Dan Rather and actors Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett. They talk about the theme at the heart of Truth. It’s good to hear a little from the movie’s subjects, but the program feels largely self-serving.
Next comes The Team. It runs eight minutes, 43 seconds and includes Redford, Blanchett, Fischer, Vanderbilt, producers Brett Ratner and Andy Spaulding, and actors Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach and Dennis Quaid. The piece looks at script and characters as well as cast and performances. Most of the featurette feels fluffy and promotional, so not much substance emerges.
A Q&A with writer/director James Vanderbilt and actors Cate Blanchett and Elisabeth Moss fills 32 minutes, 59 seconds. They examine the source story and its adaptation, story/character areas, cast and performances, research, deleted scenes, and related areas. The three interact well and give us a good mix of thoughts, especially when Blanchett speaks; she proves to be charming and engaging in her moments.
The disc opens with ads for Infinitely Polar Bear, Irrational Man, Grandma, Labyrinth of Lies, The Lady in the Van and The Diary of a Teenage Girl. We also find the trailer for Truth.
In Truth, we find an interesting story, but the film treats it in a problematic manner. The movie seems one-sided and lacks the insight and subtlety necessary to make it a success, as it cares more about the exoneration of its protagonist than anything else. The Blu-ray provides very good picture as well as acceptable audio and supplements highlighted by an informative commentary. Truth remains moderately absorbing but doesn’t achieve its goals.