Unsane appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.56:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Odd aspect ratio aside, the source made this a mediocre presentation.
Though probably better than it should have been, given that the movie used only iPhones. Still, the technology left this as an inconsistent image.
Sharpness varied, and daylight exteriors could look very tight, but other shots tended to be on the soft side. I wouldn’t call them fuzzy, but they didn’t display great delineation and could come across as a bit blocky on occasion.
Some light instances of shimmering and jaggies occurred, but I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Colors went down a stylized path, with a push toward yellow or blue. Normally I’d view these as post-production choices, but in this instance, I think they largely reflected the look that comes with cell phone photography. In any case, the hues seemed somewhat flat and dull most of the time.
Blacks tended to be crushed and inky, while shadows were a bit murky and dense. I’m sure the Blu-ray reproduced the image appropriately, but it still wasn’t a good-looking effort.
Happily, Unsane didn’t rely on cell phone audio recordings for its DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, so the mix worked fairly well – within its restrained ambitions, at least. The soundscape stayed low-key most of the time, as it only popped open on a couple of occasions. Music offered good presence, though, and used the speakers in an effective manner.
Audio quality seemed adequate, with effects that appeared acceptably accurate and full. Music worked best, as the snatches of score seemed lively and rich.
Speech was fine overall. Some sibilance impacted lines at times, but the dialogue remained intelligible and without major flaws. Given the track’s ambitions, it seemed satisfactory.
Only one extra pops up, a four-minute, 26-second featurette called Unsanity. It mixes movie clips with shots from the set.
These give us a smidgen of insight into the shoot, but the absence of interviews disappoints. A film shot on cell phones that uses some freaky aspect ratio begs for technical discussion, but none comes. This turns into a minor piece without a lot of merit.
The disc opens with ads for Beirut, Disobedience, Papillon (2018), 7 Days in Entebbe, Midnight Sun and Strangers: Prey at Night. No trailer for Unsane appears here.
An odd amalgam of genres, Unsane doesn’t connect. It gets messier and messier as it goes to the point where it collapses. The Blu-ray offers bland visuals along with decent audio and negligible supplements. Here’s hoping Steven Soderbergh bounces back with his next flick.