Maleficent: Mistress of Evil appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. For the most part, this became a pleasing presentation.
Sharpness worked very well, with virtually no softness on display. Instead, the image offered nice delineation and accuracy, even in wider shots.
I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also remained absent.
With its fantasy setting, I hoped for a broad, bold palette from Evil. Though some more vivid hues emerged on occasion, I found a largely orange and teal affair. Trite as that might be, the colors looked well-rendered for their intentions.
Though blacks could be a little crushed, they usually showed nice depth. Shadows became a minor weakness, as low-light shots tended to seem a bit too dark. I thought the image still merited a “B”, but the issues with darker scenes made it less appealing than anticipated.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it made pretty good use of the soundscape, especially in the film’s various action/fantasy moments. Those placed material around the room in a logical manner and blended the material in a smooth way.
Music showed good stereo presence and spread to the surrounds naturally. Environmental material felt logical and well-located.
Audio quality matched expectations. Music appeared lush and full, with good clarity and range.
Dialogue came across as concise and distinctive, while effects appeared accurate and bold. Those components boasted deep low-end. This became a more than satisfactory mix.
A smattering of extras fill out the disc, and we get three featurettes. Origins of the Fey runs three minutes, two seconds and offers notes from actor Angelina Jolie.
She offers some notes about the movie’s fairy characters. This becomes more of an environmental message than anything about the movie.
Aurora’s Wedding goes for two minutes, 31 seconds and includes comments from and actors Elle Fanning and Harris Dickinson. They offer fluffy comments about the title subject in this forgettable reel.
Finally, If You Had Wings spans four minutes, 15 seconds and features Jolie, 2nd unit director Simon Crane, and visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich.
“Wings” brings some notes about how they executed flying scenes. While more informative than the first two featurettes, it doesn’t deliver much substance.
A VFX Reel lasts two minutes, 11 seconds and adds notes from Fanning, Brozenich and producer Jeff Kirschenbaum. Mainly we see before/after shots that show the impact of CG imagery. It’s a decent comparison compilation.
In addition to a collection of Outtakes (1:55), we find two Extended Scenes. We get “The Queen Comforts Aurora” (2:00) and “Philip and Aurora Dance” (1:32).
The two extended scenes add a little to the Aurora/Queen Ingrith dynamic, but they don’t give us much. The “Outtakes” acts as a standard blooper reel and seems typical for the genre.
A music videofor Bebe Rexha’s “You Can’t Stop the Girl” also appears. It mixes movie clips with Rexha and others as they convey a female empowerment message.
I guess. Rexha also frolics in a fairy tale setting, so the social meaning becomes muddled. Still, I’ve seen worse videos for songs from movies, even if the melody reminds me strongly of another tune I can’t identify right now.
The disc opens with ads for Onward and Mulan (2020). No trailer for Mistress appears here.
A second disc brings a DVD copy. It includes none of the Blu-ray’s extras.
As far as action/fantasy movies go, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil proves perfectly watchable. Though it never turns into anything special, it manages to give us moderate entertainment. The Blu-ray boasts strong audio, generally good visuals and a disappointing set of supplements. Fans of the prior film should continue to enjoy the sequel.