Escape the Field appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good but not great image.
Sharpness became the weakest link, as some mildly soft shots occasionally emerged. Nonetheless, most of the film offered pretty positive delineation, so those iffier moments prove relatively rare.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects materialized, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to appear.
Given the cornfield setting, the movie opted for a palette dominated by green, with some blue and amber as well. The hues lacked much dimensionality but they felt appropriate given the stylistic choices.
Blacks seemed deep and dense, while shadows felt smooth and clear. Expect a generally appealing presentation.
Though a thriller, Field came with a pretty restrained DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. The soundscape favored music and moody ambience more than anything else.
Those elements filled the speakers in a fairly engaging manner, though they never stood out as memorable. The mix added some occasional vivid moments but most of it stayed with general environment.
Audio quality worked fine, as speech appeared concise and distinctive. Music sounded full and rich as well.
As noted, effects didn’t get a lot to do, but they still seemed accurate and dynamic. The movie’s soundtrack seemed adequate for the story.
A few extras appear here, and we get an audio commentary from writer/director Emerson Moore and writers Joshua Dobkin and Sean Wathen. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at the movie’s roots and development, story and characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, shooting during COVID, effects, photography and related domains.
In general, this becomes a pretty good chat, as those involved meld well and provide a nice mix of details. While never quite a great discussion, the commentary nonetheless largely satisfies.
Pieces of the Puzzle runs 24 minutes, 12 seconds and offers notes from Moore and actors Jordan Claire Robbins, Shane West, Theo Rossi, and Tahirah Sharif. “Puzzle” covers story and characters, cast and performances, Moore’s impact on the shoot, sets and locations.
24 minutes usually means a featurette with decent depth, but “Puzzle” devotes way too much time to basic plot/character review. This means it lacks many insights and becomes less than informative.
At its core, Escape the Field comes with a potentially compelling horror mystery tale. However, the final product fails to find much tension or drama. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio as well as a few bonus features. While not a truly bad movie, Field seems pretty forgettable.