Hell on the Border appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a decent but erratic presentation.
Sharpness became the weakest factor. While the image usually looked concise, more than a few perplexing instances of softness materialized, and those caused distractions.
No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws remained absent.
Colors went with an arid amber feel to suit the Western motif, though we got some teal-influenced blues as well. These didnít shine but they seemed more than adequate.
Blacks were deep and dense, while shadows offered reasonable clarity. Outside of the sporadic softness, this became a positive presentation.
As for the filmís DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it seemed serviceable. Speech could feel oddly detached and distant at times, but the lines usually appeared fairly natural, and they lacked edginess or issues with intelligibility.
Music felt bright and lively, while effects came across as accurate. The mix came with mostly good range and depth.
The soundscape opened up matters in a moderate manner, but it didnít really impress. The five channels broadened the material in a fairly engaging manner, though not one that appeared especially active.
Still, the track used the speakers in a mostly positive way. Overall, this was a satisfactory mix.
Only one significant extra appears here: an audio commentary from writer/director Wes Miller and camera operator Ronald Bourdeau. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the projectís origins and historical elements, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, stunts and action, photography, effects and related domains.
Donít expect much from Bourdeau, as he barely speaks during that chat. This leaves the heavy-lifting on Miller, and he brings some good thoughts about the film.
Occasionally. Unfortunately, Miller goes AWOL too often, so we find a lot of dead air here. This becomes a mediocre track at best.
The disc opens with ads for Gone Are the Days, Escape Plan: The Extractors, 10 Minutes Gone and The Tracker. We also find a trailer for Border.
Hackneyed and poorly-told, Hell on the Border doesnít work. The movie disrespects its historical source and becomes a lousy stab at a Western. The Blu-ray brings decent picture and audio along with a blah commentary. Given the appeal of its subject matter, Border turns into a disappointment.