Morgan appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the image seemed satisfactory.
For the most part, sharpness worked well. A few shots displayed slight instances of softness, but these remained minor, so the majority of the flick appeared accurate and concise. I saw no moiré effects or jaggies, and the presentation lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
Chilly teal dominated the palette. Splashes of orange pranced into view as well, but blue-green stayed the focus. As predictable as these choices may be, the Blu-ray reproduced the hues as expected. Blacks seemed dark and deep, and low-light shots offered nice clarity. The transfer worked fine.
Heavy on atmospherics, the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack seemed fine for the material. During the movie’s first two acts, it tended to focus on music and general ambience, both of which worked well and fleshed out the soundscape in a low-key but positive manner.
Matters opened up somewhat during the third act. This portion of the film tended to be more action-oriented, so it used the various channels in a more dynamic way. This still didn’t threaten to become a great surround mix, but it broadened in a moderate way.
Audio quality satisfied. Music showed nice range and warmth, while speech appeared natural and distinctive. Effects appeared accurate and vivid, with good clarity and range. This added up to a more than adequate track.
Morgan comes with a mix of extras, and we open with an audio commentary from director Luke Scott. He provides a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, sets and locations, cast and performances, camerawork, visual design and editing, music, effects and related domains.
As that "topic summary" connotes, Scott touches on a good array of subjects, and he gives us a reasonable examination of the film. However, he doesn't make this a better than decent track, mainly because he tends to narrate/praise the movie too much of the time - especially during the movie's second half. We still get a mix of useful comments, but the whole package seems less substantial than I'd like.
For a look at Scott’s prior work, we get a short film called Loom. It runs 20 minutes, 28 seconds and shows us a tale about a future society in which meat is created from plants and a technician decides to grow something else. Loom offers a clear precursor to Morgan and seems fairly interesting, if not great.
We can view Loom with or without commentary from Scott. He tells us about the project’s origins/development and a few production details. Like his discussion of Morgan, Scott’s look at Loom seems erratic.
Five Deleted Scenes take up a total of six minutes, 14 seconds. We find “It Is Not a Child” (2:08), “This Is a Beech” (0:43), “A Friend” (0:46), “Face on a Fork” (0:49) and “Extended Study Fight” (1:23). None of these add anything substantial, though I do like the cruel description of Kathy’s injury during “Face”.
We can view the scenes with or without commentary from Scott. He gives us a few basics but doesn’t really tell us a ton, so don’t expect revelations.
A featurette called Modified Organism: The Science Behind Morgan lasts 19 minutes, 40 seconds. It includes notes from Scott, producer Ridley Scott, bioethics professor John Harris, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Paula Cannon, assistant professor of biology Mitch Guttman, professor of cellular and molecular biology Gene Yeo, professor of genetics, health sciences and technology George Church,
As implied by the title, “Organism” looks at genetic engineering and discusses the scientific notions involved in Morgan. It becomes a pretty good little overview of these areas.
A Gallery provides 41 photos from the film. It presents a fairly bland collection of images.
The disc opens with ads for Assassin’s Creed, X-Men: Apocalypse and The Martian. Sneak Peek adds a promo for Deadpool. We also get two trailers for Morgan.
a second disc provides a DVD copy of Morgan. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Perhaps director Luke Scott will someday produce a movie so good that he’ll no longer be reflexively referred to as “Ridley’s son”. Morgan isn’t that movie, as the film shows too many other influences and never turns into a creative, involving experience. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture and audio as well as a decent set of bonus materials. Despite the bones of a good sci-fi tale, Morgan fails to deliver.