Random Acts of Violence appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.38:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Heavily stylized, this became a more than adequate presentation.
Sharpness showed some inconsistencies, as the movie occasionally used a diffuse impression that lacked great definition. However, the majority of the movie appeared pretty concise and accurate.
No issues with shimmering or moiré effects appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws failed to materialize.
In terms of palette, the film opted for a heavy teal palette that favored the green side of that equation, and it threw in plenty of orange/red as well. It appeared that the disc replicated these dominant tones as intended.
Blacks were dark and dense, and shadows showed pretty good clarity. A few shots were a bit murky, but most seemed fine. This wasn’t a consistently attractive image, but it was satisfactory and it seemed to reflect the filmmakers’ intentions.
In addition, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack proved satisfactory. Given the movie’s orientation, though, not a lot of fireworks resulted.
Acts came with the occasional “action” scene, mostly on the road or when killings got involved. These offered good punch, and the rest of the mix brought out a nice sense of atmosphere.
Not a lot of created a dynamic soundscape, though. Music fleshed out the surroundings and turned this into an appropriate mix but not one that stood out as impressive.
Audio quality worked fine, with dialogue that appeared natural and concise. Music felt bright and brassy as well.
Effects seemed accurate and lively, with good clarity and punch. This became a perfectly acceptable mix for what the story wanted to do.
A few extras appear here, and An Interview with Jay Baruchel runs 36 minutes, 19 seconds. Conducted by an unnamed guy, writer/director/actor Baruchel discusses what drew him to the project, story/characters and the adaptation of the source, the movie’s gore, cast and performances, music, and Baruchel’s future plans.
Overall, we get a pretty good look at the movie from Baruchel. He gives us his rationale for various domains and makes this an informative reel, albeit a hyperactive one, as Baruchel may need to cut back on the caffeine.
More Than Just a Scary Movie lasts two minutes, three seconds and features Baruchel and actors Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster, and Niamh Wilson. They offer general movie thoughts in this superficial promo reel.
Finally, Inside the Making of an Action Scene goes for six minutes and brings raw footage from the shoot. It turns into a decent glimpse behind the scenes.
A serial killer story with a twist, Random Acts of Violence enjoys the bones of a clever film. Unfortunately, it lacks insight or intelligence and just becomes a witless collection of graphic sequences. The Blu-ray offers generally positive picture and audio along with a handful of bonus materials. Not much here works.