Beirut appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a pleasing image.
Overall sharpness worked well. Some wider shots veered a smidgen toward the soft side, but they remained in the minority during this largely accurate presentation.
I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to become an issue.
Like most modern movies, Beirut went a lot of orange and teal, as along with sandy yellows, those tones dominated the presentation. Predictable as the colors tended to be, the Blu-ray rendered them in an appropriate manner.
Blacks looked dark and deep, while shadows seemed smooth and concise. I felt happy with this high-quality presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added involvement to the proceedings. The five channels used music in an involving manner, and various effects also broadened the soundscape in a winning way.
While not a film packed with action, Beirut came to life enough to work the speakers well. Various vehicles and elements of warfare moved around the room in a convincing pattern to contribute real life to the tale.
Audio quality worked well. Speech seemed concise and distinctive, while effects appeared accurate and natural. Louder moments – such as from various weapons – boasted fine punch.
Music was warm and full, with a good level of punch from percussive elements. All of this left us with a satisfactory “B+” soundtrack.
Two featurettes appear here: The Story Behind Beirut (2:57) and Sandy Crowder (0:51). Across these, we hear from director Brad Anderson, former CIA officer Whitley Bruner, writer Tony Gilroy, and actors Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, and Dean Norris.
The featurettes offer notes about story/characters as well as cast and performances, sets and locations, and some historical elements. These are promo pieces that feel like glorified trailers, really.
The disc opens with ads for Disobedience, On Chesil Beach, Unsane, 7 Days in Entebbe and Papillon. No trailer for Beirut appears here.
Anyone who expects a vivid thriller from Beirut will likely encounter disappointment. Though it never becomes a bad movie, it seems trite and stale too much of the time. The Blu-ray delivers very good picture and audio along with minor bonus features. Beirut winds up as a mediocre film.