The Turning appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the movie presented strong visuals.
Across the board, definition seemed good. Even with a mix of low-light sequences, the film appeared accurate and concise, as only a smidgen of slightly soft shots emerged.
Jagged edges and moiré effects didn’t mar the presentation, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
In terms of palette, Turning went with a standard teal orientation embellished with a fair amount of amber/orange as well and some deep reds. Within stylistic choices, the hues seemed well-depicted.
Blacks were dark and dense, and shadows gave us good clarity. I felt pleased with this transfer.
As for the movie’s Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio, it offered a mostly typical horror movie soundscape. This meant a fair amount of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”.
Along with good stereo music, the soundfield was able to open things up in a satisfying manner that embellished the story. We got a nice sense of various elements along with a useful sense of the spooky bits, some of which worked really well.
Audio quality was always good. Music appeared full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy. Low-end appeared deep and warm.
Speech was natural and distinctive throughout the film. The mix used the speakers well and created a fine sense of the material.
In addition to an Alternate Ending (3:34), we find three Deleted Scenes. These include “Mrs. Grose’s Confession” (2:12), “Miles Stands Over Dead Swan” (1:37) and “Jessel On Lake” (1:08).
The “Ending” threatens feels a bit goofy. As for the cut sequences, they bring a bit of exposition and that’s about it, so don’t expect much from them.
Behind The Turning fills 10 minutes, 31 seconds with comments from director Floria Sigismondi, producer Scott Bernstein, and actors Finn Wolfhard and Mackenzie Davis.
“Behind” looks at the source and its adaptation, cast and performances, production design, and Sigismondi’s approach to the film. Though not a bad featurette, “Behind” mainly offers general promotional fluff.
The disc opens with ads for Black Christmas and Brahms: The Boy II. No trailer for Turning appears here.
Despite its inspiration from a classic novella, The Turning gives us little more than the usual modern-day horror tripe. Silly and cliché, the film fails to offer any real drama or scares. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio along with a small set of supplements. Avoid this dull stab at terror.