Drive Angry appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Across this board, this was a strong transfer.
Sharpness was excellent. At all times, the movie seemed crisp and well-defined; if any issues with softness materialized, I didn’t see them. I noticed no issues with jagged edges or shimmering, and neither artifacts nor edge haloes appeared. Source flaws also remained absent.
In terms of colors, Angry went with a standard modern action film palette. That meant a dry amber tint much of the time, though other stylized tones occasionally appeared, such as when the flick went to clubs. The hues looked appropriate throughout the movie. Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows showed nice delineation. All of this added up to a strong visual experience.
I also maintained no real complaints about the fine DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, though it wasn’t quite as distinctive as I’d like. With all the flick’s action sequences, it offered plenty of opportunities for lively material. Those worked fairly well, as they opened up the room and used the various channels to good advantage. The track tended to be very active, but I couldn’t say the elements fit together tremendously well; integration was satisfactory but not stellar. This was a mix with a lot of loud material that didn’t always create the most immersive soundscape.
No issues with audio quality materialized. Speech was natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music appeared lively and full, and effects came across well. Those elements were clear and dynamic throughout the film. This ended up as a satisfying presentation, even though it needed a little more smoothness to elevate to “A” consideration.
The disc comes with a pretty solid set of supplements. We open with an audio commentary from writer/director Patrick Lussier and writer/actor Todd Farmer. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the film's development, script and story, cast, characters and performances, effects, stunts and action, visual effects, music and editing, sets and locations, costumes, and a few related areas.
The only minor negative here comes from Lussier’s voice. The poor guy had laryngitis when they recorded the track, and it can be hard to listen to his weak rasp over 105 minutes. Despite the mild annoyance, the commentary includes a lot of good information. Both Lussier and Farmer dig into the movie with enthusiasm and deliver an enjoyable chat.
For something interactive, we go to Access: Drive Angry. This mixes trivia, interviews/behind the scenes clips, and “Milton’s Mayhem”. In the interviews we hear from Lussier, Farmer, production designer Nathan Amondson, and actors Amber Heard, William Fichtner, and Billy Burke. The comments look at the writing and development of the script, characters, cast and performances, stunts and action, production design, weapons, and a few other production topics.
“Mayhem” is just a goofy counter that keeps track of Milton’s violent acts; it’s cutesy and not actually much fun. The other two components are more useful, as they deliver good notes about the flick as well as background such as facts connected to the vehicles we see. Also, “Access” comes with a user-friendly interface that easily lets you skip parts of the movie that include none of the components; that makes navigating “Access” more enjoyable since you don’t need to sit through tons of content-free gaps.
Two Deleted Scenes run a total of one minute, 36 seconds. We find “You Made Me Cheat” (0:36) and “Morgan Girl” (1:00). “Cheat” offers a brief extension to an existing sequence, while “Girl” gives us a little more of the Accountant. The latter is the more interesting, but neither brings much to the table.
We can watch these scenes with or without commentary from Lussier and Farmer. They tell us a little about the sequences and let us know why they cut them. They toss out a couple of decent notes but don’t have enough time to say much. (By the way, Lussier still has his laryngitis here.)
The disc opens with an ad for Source Code. No trailer for Angry shows up here.
If Quentin Tarantino lost his filmmaking talent but continued to direct, the result would approximate Drive Angry. The film wants to be edgy, fun and lively, but instead it’s just dull and utterly forgettable. The Blu-ray provides excellent visuals, very good audio and some decent supplements. With a borderline nonsensical story and boring action scenes, Drive Angry turns into a dud.