Wander Darkly appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a very good image.
Sharpness was fine. A few shots could be a little soft, but the majority of the flick came across as accurate and concise.
I noticed no issues with jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes were absent. No source flaws materialized either.
Colors were positive, as the movie opted for a subdued palette much of the time that favored amber and teal. A few shots went with warmer hues but this was the dominant impression. Within those stylistic choices, the tones appeared good.
Blacks were dark and deep, and low-light shots exhibited nice clarity. Across the board, this became a positive transfer.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Darkly, it offered an experience typical of dramas, as the soundfield displayed an emphasis on the forward channels. Music showed nice stereo imaging and moved the songs and score to the back speakers.
Most of the effects tended toward environmental material, though a few sequences added some involvement, such as those in traffic or a scene on the water. Nonetheless, the majority of the mix stayed dialogue-intensive and without real theatrics.
Audio quality came across as good. Speech seemed natural and distinct, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Music was reasonably full, with clear tones overall.
Effects were accurate and concise, without distortion or other concerns. Nothing here excelled, but the audio was fine for a drama like this.
A few extras appear, and we get an audio commentary from writer/director Tara Miele. She provides a running, screen-specific look at the project’s inspirations, story and characters, sets and locations, music, cast and performances, production design, cinematography and related areas.
Miele provides a solid commentary here. She gets into all the appropriate categories and moves the track along at a good pace, factors that turn this into a satisfying examination of the film.
Except she claims Billy Joel is better than Elton John. Wrong!
Narrative Therapy runs 15 minutes, 45 seconds and offers info from Miele, producers Lynette Howell Taylor, Samantha Housman, Monica Levinson and Shivani Rawat, and actors Sienna Miller and Diego Luna.
“Therapy” discusses the movie’s inspirations and story/characters, cast and performances, Miele’s work on the set, photography and production design and editing.
While “Therapy” goes over a lot of ground, it tends to feel superficial. Expect a lot of praise for the project and those involved and not a ton of concrete info.
As a basic relationship drama, Wander Darkly does well for itself. However, its attempts to go for something quirky hamper it. The Blu-ray comes with pretty good picture and audio as well as a small complement of bonus materials. I admire the film’s ambition but a more straightforward approach would work better.