Denial appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfying image.
From start to finish, sharpness looked good. Only the slightest hint of softness affected wide shots, and those examples occurred too infrequently to cause problems. Instead, the film looked concise and well-defined.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a palette that favored a strong golden/orange tone along with some teal. Across the board, the hues looked fine within those parameters.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked positive.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Denial seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most character dramas, the movie featured a limited soundfield that favored the forward channels.
It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides. Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility.
Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
The Making of Denial runs three minutes, 42 seconds. It brings notes from director Mick Jackson, author Deborah Lipstadt, screenwriter David Hare, and actors Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson.
“Making” looks at story/character basics as well as cast and performances. It offers pretty simple promo fare.
The disc opens with ads for Loving, Nocturnal Animals, Girl On a Train and Bleed For This.
In addition to the film’s trailer, Previews adds promos for Danny Collins, Anthropoid, Eye in the Sky, I’ll See You In My Dreams, Pawn Sacrifice and Trumbo.
Based on a true event, Denial delivers a source story with great natural tension. Though depicted in an inconsistent manner, the movie nonetheless brings out enough of the inherent drama to make it worth a look. The Blu-ray comes with very good picture, acceptable audio and minor bonus materials. While it doesn’t hit on all cylinders, Denial remains fairly involving.