Prisoners of the Ghostland appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. the transfer served the material well.
Sharpness looked good. A smidgen of softness hit some wider shots, but those instances remained quite insubstantial, so the majority of the flick showed fine clarity and accuracy.
Jaggies and shimmering failed to distract, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any source flaws and was consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Prisoners often went with subdued tones. However, some elements broadened in a vivid way, and the image made all the hues look positive.
Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were generally fine. I thought they could be slightly heavy at times, but not to a problematic degree. The image narrowly missed “A”-level consideration, but it offered a solid “B+” presentation.
Though perhaps not as action-packed as expected, I thought the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack proved to be pretty peppy. Unsurprisingly, the smattering of violent scenes fared the best.
These used the five channels in a satisfying way, as elements like vehicles and gunfire created a nice sense of place. General atmosphere was also satisfying, and the score emanated from all five speakers in an involving manner.
In addition, audio quality satisfied. Dialogue was natural and distinctive, without edginess or other issues.
Music sounded lively and full, while effects provided good clarity. Those elements seemed accurate and boasted nice vivacity. This became a positive presentation.
The Making of Prisoners of the Ghostland runs eight minutes, 14 seconds and delivers comments from actors Nicolas Cage, Bill Moseley, and Sofia Boutella.
“Making” covers story and characters, cast and characters, the director’s approach to the material, shooting in Japan, stunts and action. This becomes a highly mediocre overview.
Two Photo Galleries appear: “Movie Stills” (24 frames) and “Behind the Scenes” (13). Some decent shots emerge but both collections seem too short to add much.
The disc opens with ads for Mandy and Color Out of Space. No trailer for Prisoners appears here.
If nothing else, Prisoners of the Ghostland provides an unusual affair. How much it satisfies depends on your appetite for self-consciously quirky fare. The Blu-ray brings largely positive picture and audio but it lacks substantial bonus materials. This becomes an inconsistent but sporadically compelling flick.