Midsommar appears in an aspect ratio of 2.00:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, the image satisfied.
Sharpness almost always appeared solid. A few wider shots betrayed a smidgen of softness, but these occasions remained minor and infrequent.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws didn’t mar the presentation.
Though the film’s opening scenes went with a heavy orange/teal orientation, matters became airier when the movie went to Sweden. These scenes dominated the production and showed a mix of sunny tones and pale blues, all of which worked fine within the visual choices.
Blacks appeared dark and dense, and low-light shots brought appealing clarity. Expect a solid transfer here.
Unsurprisingly, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack emphasized atmospheric information, as the movie’s tone focused on a spooky vibe. Some more engaging elements did appear, though.
In particular, a lot of localized dialogue occurred, and other creepy effects cropped up in appropriate spots. These all melded together well to create a subdued but engaging soundscape.
Audio quality satisfied, with speech that felt natural and concise. Music was warm and full as well.
Effects rarely stood out as impactful, but they showed positive clarity and range, with good oomph as necessary. Though not a showcase mix, the audio suited the film.
Only minor extras appear here, and Let the Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar becomes the most significant one. A 24-minute, 53-second featurette, it offers notes from writer/director Ari Aster, production designer Henrik Svensson, costume designer Andrea Flesch, and actors Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, Henrik Norlen and Isabelle Grill.
“Begin” examines the project’s roots and development, story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, costumes, the film’s invented culture, photography and choreography, and related topics.
While it offers decent details, an awful lot of “Begin” veers toward happy talk. There’s enough content to make it worth a look, but don’t expect much substance.
Bear in a Cage Promo runs one minute, one second. It’s a comedic attempt to promote the film, and it’s more entertaining than the movie itself.
The disc opens with ads for High Life, The Last Black Man In San Francisco, and Hereditary. No trailer for Midsommar appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Midsommar. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
After a promising debut, Ari Aster crashes with the pretentious Midsommar. Slow and silly, the movie goes nowhere. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio as well as minor supplements. Midsommar turns into a disappointment.