A Walk Among the Tombstones appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image satisfied.
Sharpness was good, as the movie appeared well-defined and concise. Any softness escaped me, as this delivered a precise, tight impression. No problems with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. In terms of print issues, no concerns materialized.
Like most modern thrillers, Walk went with a stylized palette. Much of the flick stayed with a pretty desaturated set of tones that focused on an amber or gray tone. Within those constraints, the hues were appropriate and well-rendered. Blacks seemed dark and tight, while shadows showed good clarity. This became a solid “A-” presentation.
I also felt pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Walk. The soundfield mostly came to life during a few action sequences, as those provided fairly good material from the side and rear speakers. Scenes in clubs and bars also added life. Otherwise this was a mix heavy on atmosphere. Those elements created a nice sense of place and added impact to the material.
Audio quality satisfied. Speech sounded crisp and distinctive, and music appeared robust and full. Effects were accurate and dynamic. Low-end response showed good thump and richness. Nothing here dazzled, but the audio merited a “B+”.
Two featurettes appear here. A Look Behind the Tombstones runs 12 minutes, seven seconds and includes notes from screenwriter/director Scott Frank, producers Tobin Armbrust, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, and actors Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley and David Harbour. “Look” examines story/characters, cast and performances as well as shooting in New York City. It presents a standard promotional piece without substance.
Matt Scudder: Private Eye lasts six minutes, 26 seconds and delivers notes from Frank, Sher, Armbrust, Neeson, Shamberg and author Lawrence Block. This one covers the source novel and its adaptation for the screen as well as character/narrative topics. Like “Look”, this ends up as another fluffy show.
The disc opens with ads for Dominion, Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, Nightcrawler, The Guest, Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse, Dracula Untold, The Man with the Iron Fists 2 and Ouija. No trailer for Walk appears here.
A DVD copy of Walk also pops up here. It features “Look” but lacks “Scudder”.
A Walk Among the Tombstones occasionally threatens to turn into an engaging thriller, but it suffers from too many clichés to prosper. Although a good lead performance from Liam Neeson helps, it comes with too many trite moments to succeed. The Blu-ray provides solid picture and audio but lacks substantial bonus materials. I don’t dislike Walk but I can’t say it does much for me.