The Undoing appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The series’ visuals usually looked quite good.
The shows offered solid clarity. Only a smidgen of softness materialized, so definition was usually positive.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws failed to mar the presentation.
The series opted for a palette with a definite amber and teal tint – it tossed in an orange orientation at times, too. Within those parameters, the colors seemed fine.
Blacks were pretty deep and tight, while shadows appeared positive, with only a little opacity on occasion. Overall, the shows provided appealing visuals.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack suited the episodes but won't win any awards. The soundstage appeared nicely broad at the appropriate times and could be moderately engulfing on occasion. It's a talky little series, so the focus was mainly up front, but the audio expanded when necessary.
This occurred mostly via gentle environmental ambience, so the surrounds didn’t have a lot to do. Occasional street and nature scenes added the most pep and that was about it. That said, the imaging made sense for the series.
Sound quality seemed fine. Dialogue always appeared crisp and natural, and I had no trouble understanding it. The score was warm and distinctive.
Effects also seemed realistic and adequate for the tasks at hand. Undoing won't be anyone's demo track, but the mix worked well for the series.
Across both discs, we get 11 featurettes under The Undoing Revelations. These span a total of 23 minutes, 26 seconds.
Across these, we hear from director Susanne Bier and actors Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Matilda De Angelis, Donald Sutherland, Noah Jupe, Lily Rabe, Noma Dumezweni, Ismael Cruz Cordova and Edgar Ramirez.
The “Revelations” discuss story and characters as well as cast and performances. These offer occasional worthwhile notes about these topics, but they mostly exist to tout the series, so don’t expect to learn much from them.
Disc Two adds a pair of featurettes, and Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant Introduce The Undoing spans four minutes, four seconds. Both chat together to discuss the series and their involvement. No substantial insights materialize, but there’s some charm from their interactions.
Finally, Creating The Undoing goes for three minutes, 11 seconds and brings info from Grant, Kidman, Bier, Dumezweni, de Angelis, Cordova, Jupe, Sutherland, Ramirez, and executive producers Per Saari, Celia Costas, Bruna Papandrea and Stephen Garrett.
“Creating” goes over production basics, with a heavy emphasis on promotion. It’s fairly useless.
At times The Undoing threatens to veer into soap opera melodrama territory, but those elements don’t damage the series. Instead, it provides an intriguing and consistently compelling mix of crime saga and family narrative. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio with superficial bonus materials. Over the top as its plot machinations can become, The Undoing still satisfies.