Men In Black: International appears in an aspect ratio of 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a stellar presentation.
Sharpness looked rock solid. Not a sliver of softness materialized, so expect a tight, precise image.
No signs of moiré effects or jaggies occurred. The movie also lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
In terms of palette, International favored a combination of teal, amber and orange. 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. This was about as good as a live-action Blu-ray could look.
I also felt pleased with the excellent DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of International, as the soundscape offered frequent room for information to emanate from the various speakers.
The mix used those chances well. The soundtrack delivered lots of 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. I felt the audio suited the film and worked very well.
A Gag Reel fills two minutes, 13 seconds with the usual goofs and giggles. While it brings nothing new, it fills too little time to bore.
Nine Deleted Scenes span a total of 11 minutes, 35 seconds. Some of these offer short extensions of existing sequences, but a few more substantial moments arrive.
Most significantly, H tells us how he came to the MIB. The deleted scenes prove fairly effective overall.
A slew of short programs ensue, and two segments arrive via Alien Shopping Network!: “Alien-cestry.com” (1:20) and “The Neuralyzer: Like It Never Happened” (1:04). Both offer phony ads for MIB-related subjects, and they offer some amusement.
Called New Recruits, Classic Suits, a seven-minute, four-second program offers notes from director F. Gary Gray, producers Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes, and actors Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani and Emma Thompson.
“Suits” examines cast, characters and performances. Based on the title, I thought it’d handle wardrobe as well, but instead, it simply brings us a fluffy view of the actors, so expect little substance.
With the five-minute, 43-second Let’s Do This!, we hear from Gray, Hemsworth, Thompson, Parkes, Ferguson, and 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood.
Here we look at various stunts and action scenes. A few useful details emerge, but like “Suits”, happy talk tends to dominate.
Look Right Here goes for four minutes, 20 seconds and brings notes from Parkes, MacDonald, Gray, Hemsworth, Eastwood, production designer Charles Wood, and prop master Ben Wilkinson.
This show discusses the movie’s weapons, cars and props. It becomes another decent but semi-superficial reel.
Via Expanding the Universe of MIB, we get a five-minute, 57-second reel with Parkes, Thompson, Hemsworth, Gray, Wood, MacDonald, Nanjiani, VFX producer Deven Letendre, creature designer Rebecca Hughes, and location manager Jamie Lengyel.
“Universe” gives us a view of the film’s sets and locations as well as aliens. This ends up as a reasonably informative take, albeit one with the usual happy talk.
During the five-minute, 36-second Frank & Pawny’s Peanut Gallery, we get narration from “Frank the Pug” and “Pawny the Alien” as they comment on some movie scenes. It’s not as funny as it should be, though it’s nice that Nanjiani and Tim Blaney reprise their voice roles.
Next comes Les Twins Leave It On the Floor, a two-minute, 22-second clip that involves Parkes, Eastwood, Hemsworth, Thompson, and Gray. They talk about the work of actors/dancers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois. It’s forgettable.
In Case You’ve Been Neuralyzed offers a three-minute, 21-second recap of the prior movies. Narrated by “Frank the Pug”, it reminds us of those films’ story/character elements. It’s an efficient overview.
After this we get The MIB Meet the NBA, a two-minute, 36-second promo. It features Thompson and Hemsworth as they investigate basketball stars for their alien status. Though it acts as an ad, it entertains.
The disc opens with ads for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jumanji: The Next Level, Angry Birds Movie 2 and Charlie’s Angels (2019). No trailer for International appears here.
After a seven-year break, the franchise returns via Men In Black International - and it lands with a thud. Muddled and devoid of much humor or excitement, the movie meanders and fails to bring much entertainment value. The Blu-ray boasts stellar picture and audio along with a mix of supplements. International revives the series in a bland manner.