The Double appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with an inconsistent presentation.
My main complaint related to low-light shots, as these tended to seem somewhat murky. Shadows weren’t bad, but they lacked the expected definition and could appear more difficult to discern than I’d like.
Otherwise, the image worked pretty well. Sharpness was usually fine. A little softness occasionally interfered, but those instances occurred infrequently. The majority of the movie appeared concise and accurate. No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.
Like many modern thrillers, Double went with a palette that favored chilly blues. It veered warmer at times, but the teal overlay remained dominant. Despite that, the colors remained appealing and positive. Blacks seemed fairly deep and tight as well. Really, the shadows created the most notable concern here; otherwise the image looked pretty good.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked fine for the material. Much of the film remained chatty, but occasional action sequences opened it up a bit. We got gunfire, cars and helicopters in various spots around the spectrum, and these contributed some life to the proceedings. Music also showed appropriate stereo presence as well. The soundscape wasn’t great, but it worked.
Audio quality was fine. Though speech occasionally seemed a little metallic, the lines were usually reasonably natural and concise. Music showed good range and heft, while effects were acceptably accurate and clear. This never became a memorable mix, but it was more than sufficient for the story.
A few extras flesh out the set. We get an audio commentary from writer/director Michael Brandt and writer/producer Derek Haas. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at sets and locations, visual effects, cast and performances, research, cinematography and stunts, script/character/story issues, and a few other areas.
Haas and Brandt combine to record a consistently enjoyable chat. They’re affable and show good chemistry throughout the piece, so they help make it likable. Along the way, they give us a nice overview of the project, so this becomes a fine commentary.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a collection of Producer Interviews. These last seven minutes, 49 seconds and offer notes from Brandt, Haas, and actors Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stephen Moyer, and Martin Sheen. Why does the Blu-ray refer to this as “Producer Interviews” when much of the content comes from actors? I have no idea.
Whatever the case, we look at cast, characters and performances, pacing and tone, and how the film reflects the real world. A few good tidbits emerge – mostly from the actors – but film snippets dominate, so we don’t learn much. Oh, and stay away from it until you’ve seen the movie, as the featurette reveals tons of spoilers.
A good plot twist can be fun, but bad ones – or too many of them – can kill a movie. That occurs with The Double, a film so focused on these surprises that it forgets to craft an effective story to surround them. The Blu-ray provides erratic but acceptable visuals, good audio and a strong commentary. I wanted to like this thriller but thought it came with too many flaws to succeed.