Vantage Point appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, the movie offered a pleasing presentation.
Sharpness was strong overall. Some minor instances of softness crept into a few interiors, but most of the film presented accurate imagery.
No signs of jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge enhancement. In terms of print flaws, I noticed a couple of small specks but nothing substantial.
Colors tended to mix teal and amber. Within the movie’s stylistic choices, the hues worked fine.
Blacks were generally deep and firm, though they could seem crushed at times. Shadows looked smooth and clear. Though not a killer image, the visuals seemed more than satisfactory.
As for the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack of Vantage Point, it also seemed fine for the movie. The soundfield made good use of various effects.
Of course, given the nature of the story, these tended to be the same effects over and over again, so we got many repetitions of the gunfire and the explosion. Nonetheless, these elements opened up the mix well, and the track used music in an active, satisfying manner as well. Throw in a few car chases and the soundscape worked nicely.
Audio quality always seemed solid. Music was full and rich, with clear highs and tight lows.
Effects sounded accurate and dynamic as well, and speech was good. Dialogue came across as natural and concise. All of this was enough for a “B+”.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? Audio showed more range and warmth, while visuals appeared tighter and more dynamic. This became a decent upgrade.
The Blu-ray replicates the DVD’s extras, and we open with an audio commentary from director Pete Travis. He provides a running, screen-specific chat that looks at visual choices and camerawork, cast and performances, story issues and editing, sets and locations, effects and audio, and a few other production areas.
From start to finish, Travis provides a bland commentary. While he touches on a mix of useful topics, he also tends to simply narrate the movie.
Even when he engages in material with potential, the track feels slow and flat. We learn a reasonable amount of info, but the commentary never really becomes involving.
A quick clip called Surveillance Tapes lasts a mere 42 seconds. It’s a phony deleted scene that features director Travis himself. It gives us mild amusement at best.
Next we find three featurettes, and An Inside Perspective goes for 26 minutes, 43 seconds as it provides remarks from Travis, executive producer Callum Greene, screenwriter Barry L. Levy, editor Stuart Baird, composer Atli Orvarsson, and actors Matthew Fox, Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver, Edgar Ramirez, Eduardo Noriega, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt, and Ayelet Zurer.
The show covers the story and its path to the screen, what Travis brought to the project, cast, characters and performances, sets and locations, editing, cinematography and story challenges, music, and general thoughts about the project.
With a length of nearly half an hour, I hoped for some decent substance from “Perspective”. While a mix of good details do emerge, overall the program proves less than satisfying. It just comes with too much promotional puffery to be more than an occasionally useful show.
By the way, don’t watch “Perspective” if you’ve not already seen Vantage Point, as it includes quite a few potential spoilers.
Plotting An Assassination runs 15 minutes, 59 seconds and features Travis, Noriega, Ramirez, Quaid, Greene, Levy, Weaver, Fox, Whitaker, and Murer. The piece examines aspects of the script, the story, and the characters.
Levy throws out some interesting notes about inspirations and challenges, but unfortunately, “Plotting” usually comes across as a basic movie recap. We just don’t learn a ton about the flick.
Finally, Coordinating Chaos lasts seven minutes, 27 seconds and includes statements from Travis, Greene, stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos, and producer Neal H. Moritz.
“Chaos” looks at the movie’s stunts and action scenes. It doesn’t go into detail, but it offers a decent overview of these issues.
Exclusive to the Blu-ray, Vantage Viewer: GPS Tracker unlocks a picture-in-picture feature. It uses film footage to show different viewpoints during the movie.
It’s a fun idea but execution seems lacking, mainly because “Viewer” makes it impossible to watch the movie in a satisfactory way. “Viewer” eliminates the main audio when it appears, so it essentially ends up as an alternate version of the film.
Which makes it semi-interesting in its own right, but it’s still not a great way to see the film. “Viewer” includes no exclusive footage and it feels more like a gimmick than anything else.