The Lost City of Z appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, this was an accurate transfer.
Sharpness largely looked strong. A little softness affected some wider elements, but the movie usually gave us a tight, well-defined image. Jagged edges and moiré effects remained absent, while edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws stayed absent as well.
Like many modern films, City went mainly with teal and orange – especially teal, as the image showed a heavy green-ish orientation. 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 usually showed nice clarity and smoothness; a few scenes were a bit dense, but those weren’t an issue. I felt this was a consistently strong image.
I also felt pleased with the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as the mix used the channels in an involving manner throughout the majority of the film. This mainly reflected jungle ambience, with a lot of natural information around the room. Add to that music as a bold partner and the soundscape turned into an involving experience.
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 mix suited the story.
We get a few extras, and these open with an audio commentary from writer/director James Gray. He provides a running, screen-specific look at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, historical elements, music, effects, and related elements.
Gray delivers a simply terrific commentary. He covers a wide array of subjects and does so with energy and gusto. These factors turn this into a consistently excellent and deep discussion of the film.
Two short featurettes follow: “Adventure in the Jungle” (2:21), and “From Novel to Screen” (3:10). In these, we hear from Gray, author David Grann and actors Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattison, and Tom Holland. Both deliver superficial promo pieces.
An Expedition Journal splits into two domains: “Exploring the Journey” and “Creating the Journey”. These offer collections of stills, with 36 shots in “Exploring” and 33 in “Creating”. The “journal” format offers a creative backdrop for a standard photo gallery.
The disc opens with an ad for The Salesman. No trailer for City appears here.
A historical view of exploration and its impact on the human psyche, The Lost City of Z delivers an engrossing tale. It boasts excellent production values, acting and story-telling, all of which make it a fine film. The Blu-ray offers strong picture and audio along with an excellent commentary. City turns into a solid dramatic effort.