Us appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a fairly appealing reproduction of a challenging source.
Much of the movie came in dark circumstances, and those made shadows more important than usual. A smidgen of murkiness could occur at times, though I suspect this largely reflected the original photography. Blacks felt dark and deep, and low-light shots were visible within the choices on display.
Sharpness felt good, with delineation that mainly came across as accurate and well-defined. Again, the dimly-lit circumstances could make the image a little on the soft side, but this became a reflection of the source.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws remained absent.
Colors veered toward a pretty standard mix of amber and teal, though some red popped up as well. They seemed fine within those parameters, and this ended up as a quality image.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack tended toward a pretty standard horror soundscape, one that tended to favor atmosphere above all else. This meant a mix with a creepy vibe that added to the material.
Occasional action scenes brought more life to the soundfield, though, and those made the track engaging. Don’t expect these to crop up on a frequent basis, but they occurred often enough to give a boost to the mix and make it involving and impactful.
Audio quality worked fine, with speech that appeared natural and concise. Music came across as bold and dynamic as well.
Effects showed nice clarity and reproduction. Those elements felt accurate and bold, and they contributed deep low-end when necessary. All in all, the soundtrack worked well for the film.
Surprisingly, we find no audio commentary here, even though writer/director Jordan Peele offered a very good chat for Get Out. We do find a mix of featurettes, and these launch with The Monsters Within Us. It goes for four minutes, 45 seconds and includes notes from Peele, and actors Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex.
“Monsters” looks at cast, characters and performances. Despite the show’s brevity, it comes with a few useful notes.
Next we get Tethered Together, a seven-minute, 29-second reel with Nyong’o, Peele, Joseph, VFX supervisor Grady Cofer, production designer Ruth De Jong, and makeup/makeup effects department head Scott Wheeler.
In “Tethered”, we examine the challenges related to the use of actors as two different characters. It presents the material in an engaging manner.
With Redefining a Genre, we locate a five-minute, 31-second program that features Peele, Nyong’o, Duke, producer Jason Blum, and actor Elisabeth Moss. This show views Peele’s approach to horror and various influences. Though not a great featurette, it comes with a few productive notes.
After this comes The Duality of Us, a nine-minute, 56-second piece that includes Peele as he covers themes and meaning in the film. Peele manages a nice collection of revelations.
Becoming Red lasts four minutes, nine seconds and offers behind the scenes footage that shows how Nyong’o remained in character while she played “Red”. It’s a fun glimpse of the actor’s method approach.
During the six-minute, 22-second We’re All Dying, we find outtakes set at the beach. These mainly concentrate on improvisation between Winston Duke and Tim Heidecker. They’re entertaining.
Up next, we get As Above, So Below, a five-minute, two-second reel that shows an extended version of the pas de deux scene. It gets a little tedious.
Three Scene Explorations fill a total of seven minutes, 37 seconds and involve notes from Peele, Moss, Heidecker, choreographer/movement consultant Madeline Hollander and actors Cali and Noelle Sheldon. These offer decent insights about the three sequences in question.
Six Deleted Scenes occupy a total of six minutes, 28 seconds. Most of these offer insignificant character elements, though a few add some value.
The disc opens with ads for Ma, The Best of Enemies, Inside Man, Greta and Hotel Mumbai. No trailer for Us appears here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Us. It includes the Blu-ray’s extras except for the “Scene Explorations”.
As Jordan Peele’s follow-up to the acclaimed Get Out, Us seems inconsistent but still largely engaging. While it doesn’t achieve all its ambitions, it fires on enough cylinders to make it a worthwhile effort. The Blu-ray comes with positive picture and audio as well as a decent roster of bonus materials. Us turns into a mostly effective horror tale.