We Die Young appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, this was a positive image.
Only a smidgen of softness ever cropped up here, mainly in some low-light shots. Otherwise, the movie showed nice clarity and delineation.
Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
In terms of palette, Die went with mix of teal and amber. Overall, the hues were fine for their visual choices.
Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots boasted nice clarity. This was a solid “B+“ presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it gave us competent sonics most of the time as well as a little pep on occasion. A drama like this didn’t need to boast a rock-em, sock-em mix, so the audio seemed acceptable.
Usually, the soundfield didn’t have a lot to do. This meant it concentrated on good stereo music and general ambience.
Every once in a while, though, the mix came to life – in a moderate manner, at least, usually related to gang violence. These moments didn’t dazzle, but they gave the mix reasonable breadth.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other concerns. Music appeared full, with reasonable definition.
Effects remained clear and accurate, with some pretty solid low-end response during louder moments. This became a fairly satisfying track.
The disc provides a few extras, and we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Lior Geller and actors Elijah Rodriguez and Nicholas Sean Johnny. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, photography and music.
Though the young actors chime in occasionally, Geller dominates the commentary. He brings a smattering of decent details, but much of the track feels slow and ordinary. While we learn a bit about the production, the end result feels bland.
A Storyboard to Screen Comparison goes for four minutes, 38 seconds. It covers some of the movie’s action, as it shows the movie on the top half of the screen and the art on the bottom. It’s a decent way to see how the planning matches the final product.
A featurette called On the Set of We Die Young runs 10 minutes, 16 seconds and presents raw shots from the set. It becomes an intriguing glimpse of the production.
The disc opens with ads for Air Strike, Bent, Reprisal and Backtrace. We also find the trailer for Die.
Jean-Claude Van Damme attempts a more dramatic tale than his old action exploits via 2019’s We Die Young. Though not a consistent success, the movie comes with some positives and fares better than I expected. The Blu-ray brings very good picture with largely positive audio and a handful of supplements. Die seems up and down but it ends up as a watchable experience.