Fatale appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong presentation.
Overall, sharpness seemed very good. Only minor softness materialized during some interiors, so the film largely appeared accurate and concise.
Jagged edges and moiré effects didn’t mar the presentation, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
In terms of palette, Fatale went with a fairly teal orientation. A lot of amber/orange appeared as well, and we found splashes of other hues on occasion. Within stylistic choices, the hues seemed well-depicted.
Blacks were dark and dense, and low-light shots gave us good clarity. I felt pleased with this solid transfer.
Similar thoughts greeted the fairly good DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Fatale, as the soundfield mostly delivered a mix heavy on atmosphere. Environmental noises cropped up in the side and rear speakers, and a few action moments added to the track. Those elements created a nice sense of place and added impact to the material.
Audio quality satisfied. Speech sounded crisp and distinctive, and music appeared robust and full.
Effects were accurate and dynamic, while low-end response showed good warmth and richness. Nothing here dazzled, but the audio merited a “B”.
A few extras appear here, and we open with an audio commentary from director Deon Taylor and producer Roxanne Avent Taylor. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, visual design and photography, music, costumes, cut scenes and alternate endings.
Though it dispenses with a decent number of details, much of the commentary seems dull. In particular, Deon Taylor tends to simply narrate the movie. This becomes a mediocre chat.
Three featurettes follow, and Making Fatale lasts nine minutes, 52 seconds. It includes notes from Deon Taylor, Roxanne Taylor, and actors Michael Ealy, Damaris Lewis, Mike Colter, and Geoffrey Owens.
“Making” examines casting, characters and performances. We get a couple of decent thoughts but most of “Making” remains superficial.
The Right Direction goes for six minutes, two seconds and involves Deon Taylor, Colter, Ealy, Owens, and Lewis. They tell us what a great director Taylor is in this largely insight-free reel.
Finally, Find the Killer Look spans six minutes, 59 seconds and brings remarks from Deon Taylor, Roxanne Taylor, Ealy, Colter, Lewis and cinematographer Dante Spinotti. “Looks” discusses the movie’s photography, though like the other featurettes, it focuses more on praise than filmmaking details.
An Alternate Ending runs one minute, 42 seconds. It gives the finale a much more sinister tone. Given how bland and safe the released movie seems, I wish they’d gone with this more daring ending.
A trite, by the numbers sex thriller, Fatale offers little to make it work. The film follows every predictable beat imaginable and lacks creativity. The Blu-ray offers appealing picture and audio with a decent collection of bonus materials. This turns into a forgettable thriller.