Hunter Killer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a largely strong image.
While most of the movie presented nice clarity, some wider shots looked a bit tentative. Still, the majority of the flick appeared solid, and no signs of moiré effects or jaggies occurred. The movie also lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
In terms of palette, Killer favored a combination of teal and orange, with an emphasis on the former. Those choices came as no surprise, and the Blu-ray reproduced them in a satisfactory manner.
Blacks showed strong depth, and shadows were good, with nice opacity and clarity. All of this was enough for a “B+” that lost points solely due to the occasional slightly soft shots.
I felt consistently pleased with the excellent Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Killer. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the soundscape offered frequent room for information to emanate from the various speakers.
The mix used those chances well. The soundtrack delivered wall-to-wall auditory material that spread out across the speakers in a satisfying manner and that blended together nicely.
This meant an active track in which the surrounds worked as nearly equal partners and kept the mix humming. Plenty of action moments made this a consistently impressive soundfield.
Audio quality also satisfied, as speech was natural and concise, while music sounded peppy and full. Effects turned into the primary factor, and those elements appeared accurate and vivid.
Bass response added real depth and rocked my subwoofer. Expect a top-notch sonic experience here.
An audio commentary features director Donovan Marsh. He presents a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, research and realism, stunts and action, effects, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, and other domains.
Marsh seems excited to discuss his film, and he provides an energetic chat. I can’t claim the information always seems scintillating, but Marsh offers more than enough good details to make this an enjoyable piece.
A two-part program called Surface Tension spans 24 minutes, 36 seconds. It includes notes from Marsh, producers John Thompson, Toby Jaffe and Les Weldon, novelist George Wallace, technical advisor Russ Coons, and actors Gerard Butler, Common, Toby Stephens, Linda Cardellini, and Michael Nyqvist.
“Tension” covers the project’s origins and development, the source’s adaptation and story/characters, how Marsh came to the film and his approach, cast and performances, military elements and realism.
The first part of “Tension” fares best as it traces the film’s path to the screen. After that, though, it gets bogged down in too much praise and it lacks much useful information.
The disc opens with ads for American Renegades, Reprisal, The Commuter, and Hacksaw Ridge. No trailer for Killer appears here.
When Hunter Killer hit movie screens in fall 2018, I wanted to see it but it vanished from theaters so quickly that I couldn’t. This feels like less of a disappointment now that I’ve watched the film at home, as the project lacks excitement, drama or much real reason to entertain the viewer. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio along with a few productive bonus features. Killer becomes a forgettable entry in the action genre.