The Dry appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, this was an appealing transfer.
Sharpness looked strong most of the time. Some wider elements seemed a little tentative, but the image usually gave us a tight, well-defined image.
Jagged edges and moiré effects remained absent, while edge haloes also failed to appear. Print flaws stayed absent as well.
Because much of the film took place in an arid Australian setting, Dry opted for an amber/orange tone as well as some teal. These tones seemed predictable, but they worked fine within the movie’s design parameters and showed good delineation.
Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity and smoothness. I thought this was a consistently strong image.
I also felt pleased with the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Though it concentrated mainly on environmental information, the mix used the channels in a reasonably involving manner throughout much of the film.
Not that anything here dazzled, as most of the soundfield stayed with ambience and moody music. Still, the track opened up the settings well enough.
Audio quality always satisfied. Music was dynamic and full, and effects followed suit, so those components came across as accurate and well-developed.
Speech seemed distinctive and crisp, without edginess or other issues. This became an appropriate soundtrack for the story.
Six featurettes appear on the Blu-ray, and Homecoming runs three minutes, 36 seconds. It provides notes from co-writer/director Robert Connolly, author Jane Harper, producer Jodi Matterson, and actors Eric Bana and Bebe Bettancourt.
“Homecoming” looks at story/characters as well as locations and themes. A few decent notes emerge but the show lacks much substance.
Page to Screen lasts four minutes, 27 seconds and involves Connolly, Bana, Harper, Matterson, and producer Bruna Papandrea.
“Screen” covers the movie’s adaptation as well as story/characters and Connolly’s cinematic approach to the material. It offers another superficial reel despite a handful of insights.
Next comes Jane Harper’s Day on Set, a two-minute, 32-second reel with Harper. She played an extra in the movie, so we visit her time on the shoot. Not much of interest occurs here.
Two Timelines spans three minutes, 34 seconds and gives us info from Matterson, Connolly, Bana, and actors Joe Klocek and Claude Scott-Mitchell.
“Timelines” discusses the ways the filmmakers differentiated the “present day” and “flashback” sequences. Though brief, some good notes emerge.
After this we locate Falk and Gretchen, a one-minute, 55-second clip that brings comments from Bana and actor Genevieve O’Reilly. We get a short and not especially compelling look at the Aaron and Gretchen roles.
Finally, Filming in the Wimmera Region lasts three minutes, eight seconds and delivers statements from Bana, Connolly, O’Reilly, location manager Nicci Dillon, and actor Keir O’Donnell.
As expected, we learn a little about the film’s locations. It becomes another spotty and not especially informative reel.
The disc opens with ads for Made in Italy, Monday, True History of the Kelly Gang and Babyteeth. No trailer for Dry appears here.
As a thriller, The Dry lacks the usual melodramatic shenanigans. That allows it to become a fairly involving tale that grows on the viewer. The Blu-ray brings good picture and audio but bonus materials feel superficial. The Dry turns into a largely effective tale.