Black Adam appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The visuals consistently pleased.
Sharpness always felt distinctive and tight, without any issues connected to a lack of definition.
The image lacked jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also remained absent.
Unsurprisingly, the film’s palette favored a notable orange and teal vibe – obnoxiously so at times, to be honest, though it tossed in some strong reds, too. The disc replicated the colors as intended.
Blacks seemed dark and dense, and shadows seemed smooth and clear. This became a satisfying reproduction of the image.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the movie’s Dolby Atmos audio added great dimensionality to the effort. With many action scenes, the mix used the various channels to create a lively, vivid soundscape.
This meant various vehicles zipped around the room in a smooth, convincing manner, while other aspects of battles and mayhem brought out well-placed material that blended together in a nicely integrated way. The soundfield meshed together to deliver a well-rounded impression.
Audio quality also impressed, with speech that seemed natural and concise. Music appeared vivid and full, with dynamic tones.
Effects fared best of all, as those elements seemed accurate and tight, with crisp highs and deep lows. As I expect from a movie of this sort, the soundtrack excelled.
As we head to extras, we get 10 featurettes, and The History of Black Adam spans 10 minutes, 18 seconds. Hosted by actor Sarah Shahi, it brings comments from DC Comics head archivist/librarian Benjamin Leclear, DC writers Christopher Priest and Jerry Ordway, director Jaume Collet-Serra, and actor Dwayne Johnson.
Like the title implies, this program offers a discussion of Black Adam’s development across the comics. It becomes a decent overview, albeit one with a promotional vibe.
Who Is the Justice Society? fills 14 minutes, 16 seconds. Hosted by actor Aldis Hodge, it involves Leclear, Johnson, Ordway, Collet-Serra, Shahi, production designer Tom Meyer, producer Hiram Garcia, executive producer Scott Sheldon, and actors Noah Centineo, Pierce Brosnan, and Quintessa Swindell.
This one covers the history of the Justice Society from 1940 to date as well as character notes. Like the prior piece, this one boasts moderate informational value along with a fair amount of fluff.
Next comes From Soul to Screen, a six-minute, nine-second reel with notes from Garcia, Johnson, Centineo, Collet-Serra, Hodge, Meyer, Brosnan, Shahi, construction coordinator Jonas Kirk, producer Beau Flynn, and actor Marwan Kenzari
“Soul” examines Black Adam’s move to films and why he didn’t appear in Shazam as well as cast/performances and sets. Expect another decent but superficial program.
A Flawed Hero goes for five minutes, nine seconds and delivers thoughts from Garcia, Hodge, Johnson, Flynn, Collet-Serra, Swindell, brosnan, Shahi, Sheldon, and actor Bodhi Sabongui.
Here we investigate more story/character areas. It remains without much depth and exists largely to sell the movie.
After this we head to New Tech in an Old World. It lasts four minutes, 49 seconds and features Sheldon, Garcia, Meyer, Flynn, Kirk, Brosnan, Collet-Serra, Centineo, special effects supervisor JD Schwalm, and actor Jennifer Wallace.
This one covers props, sets and effects. A few good notes result, though the tone and length mean it fails to deliver depth.
Taking Flight occupies three minutes, 32 seconds and provides remarks from Johnson, Flynn, Schwalm, Sheldon, and Garcia.
The reel covers effects, with an emphasis on the techniques used to allow Adam to fly. Anticipate another decent but superficial take.
Up next, Designing a Nation spans six minutes, 27 seconds and brings comments from Johnson, Collet-Serra, Flynn, Garcia, Sabonqui, Shahi, Meyer, location manager Ian Easterbrook, set decorator Larry Dias, prop master Steven B. Melton, and actor Mohammed Amer.
We get thoughts about the movie’s depiction of the fictional Kahndaq nation. It becomes one of the disc’s more informative reels.
The ROCK of Eternity goes for five minutes, 42 seconds and offers information from Johnson, Shahi, Meyer, Collet-Serra, Garcia, Flynn, Schwalm, Hodge, Sabongui, Melton, Sheldon, Centineo, Kirk, Amer, graphic designer Malcolm Wallace and makeup designer Deborah Mia Denaver.
Here we look at the wizards who gave Adam his powers. It offers a handful of useful notes.
With Costumes Make the Hero, we get an eight-minute, 25-second piece that includes Hodge, Amer, Flynn, Collet-Serra, Johnson, Brosnan, Swindell, Centineo, and costume designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller.
Unsurprisingly, this one looks at garb worn by the movie’s characters. It comes with reasonable informational value.
Finally, A New Type of Action lasts six minutes, 38 seconds and involves Johnson, Swindell, Hodge, Collet-Serra, Garcia, fight coordinator Chris Brewster and stunt coordinator Thomas Robinson Harper.
This last featurette discusses training, stunts and action, with an emphasis on the use of the heroes’ various powers. It works moderately well.
With Black Adam, we get the first big-screen adventure for this character – and probably the last, as its lackluster box office returns make it unlikely a sequel will appear. While I took moderate enjoyment from the film, I cannot find enough positive about it to make me sad if a second chapter never appears. The Blu-ray comes with terrific picture and audio as well as a mix of bonus materials. This becomes an inconsistent superhero movie.