Devotion appears in an aspect ratio of 2.20:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong Dolby Vision image.
Delineation seemed solid. Some minor softness marred darker interiors, but the majority of the flick felt accurate and concise.
No signs of moiré effects or jaggies occurred. The movie also lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
In terms of palette, Devotion favored a combination of teal and amber, though in a somewhat low-key manner to befit the period setting. Those choices came as no surprise, and the 4K UHD reproduced them in a satisfactory manner. The disc’s HDR brought a little extra impact to the tones as well.
Blacks showed strong depth, and shadows were good, with nice opacity and clarity. The HDR added vivacity to whites and contrast. All of this was enough for a “B+”.
I felt consistently pleased with the excellent DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Devotion. As expected, the soundscape offered frequent room for information to emanate from the various speakers.
The mix used those chances well. The soundtrack delivered a lot of auditory material that spread out across the speakers in a satisfying manner and that blended together nicely.
This meant an active track in which the surrounds worked as frequent partners and kept the mix humming. Plenty of action moments made this a consistently impressive soundfield.
Audio quality also satisfied, as speech was natural and concise, while music sounded peppy and full. Effects turned into the primary factor, and those elements appeared accurate and vivid.
Bass response added real depth and rocked my subwoofer. Expect a top-notch sonic experience here.
Two featurettes appear here and The Aviation of a Forgotten War runs 11 minutes, 17 seconds. It brings notes from aerial pilot/lead camera pilot Kevin LaRosa II, author Adam Makos, screenwriter Jake Crane, director JD Dillard, production designer Wynn Thomas, aerial director of photography Michael Fitzmaurice, and actors Daren Kagasoff, Glen Powell, Jonathan Majors, Joe Jonas, and Christina Jackson.
Here we look at the project’s roots and development, Dillard’s impact on the shoot, design choices and aerial photography, and the actors’ training. “Aviation” mixes fluff and decent insights.
The Legacy of Jesse Brown goes for 12 minutes, three seconds and involves Powell, Jonas, Crane, Majors, Dillard, Smith, and actors Thomas Sadoski, Nick Hargrove and Spencer Neville. We get some notes about the real people behind the movie’s characters in this moderately informative chat.
About the first Black naval aviator, Devotion tells a potentially compelling tale. However, it proceeds at a slow pace and lacks the depth it needs to rise above the level of well-meaning but flat. The 4K UHD comes with strong picture and audio as well as two featurettes. I want to like Devotion more than I do.