Wind River appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, this became a strong visual presentation.
Sharpness worked well, as I detected virtually no signs of softness. Instead, the movie remained accurate and concise. I witnessed no jagged edges or moiré effects, and both edge haloes and print flaws remained absent.
In terms of colors, River went with a chilly blue-oriented palette that matched the snowy setting, though interiors added some amber. These hues made sense for the story and the Blu-ray replicated them well.
Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows appeared smooth and clear. At all times, this turned into a pleasing image.
Though not an action extravaganza, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Wind River provided more kick than expected, mainly due to the involvement level during its many exterior scenes. Those used the snowy weather to create a vivid sense of environment that engulfed us in the material.
Music also used the five channels in an active way, and the smattering of more action-oriented scenes brought the mix to life in a vivid manner. Those placed information well and brought out a strong sense of the elements.
Audio quality excelled, with music that seemed vivid and full. Speech appeared natural and concise, while effects boasted terrific range and impact.
Low-end was tight and deep, so expect the film to use the LFE channel well. The soundtrack didn’t seem quite active enough to merit “A”-level consideration, but it brought out the sonic material in a highly satisfying manner.
Two Deleted Scenes pop up, as we get “Sounds Like Wolves” (0:51) and “Jane Checks Into the Motel” (2:20). The first extends an introductory scene in which Lambert shoots a predatory wolf, while “Checks” shows an encounter between Jane and a bigoted desk clerk. “Checks” is the more interesting of the two, but its odd mix of comedy and cruelty makes it a bad fit for the final film.
A Behind the Scenes Video Gallery runs nine minutes, 54 seconds. It splits into segments about actor Jeremy Renner (3:25), actor Elizabeth Olsen (2:50) and writer/director Taylor Sheridan (3:38).
These clips offer short interviews with the named participants, producer Basil Iwanyk, and actors Graham Greene and Julia Jones, as they discuss story/characters and cast and performances. Some footage from the set adds a little value, but these mainly exist as promotional fodder.
The disc opens with an ad for The Hero. No trailer for River appears here.
A deep, affecting take on its genre, Wind River benefits from its introspective tone. This allows it to become something more impactful than the usual thriller. The Blu-ray offers strong picture and audio but it lacks substantial supplements. The lack of good bonus features disappoints, but the movie deserves your attention.