The Righteous appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a positive presentation.
Sharpness was strong. Some wider shots came across as a bit soft, but most of the film looked well-defined.
No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
The black and white elements boasted nice contrast and impact. Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. All of this left us with a fairly solid transfer despite some softness at times.
One shouldn’t expect much from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundscape, as it remained decidedly low-key. It did occasionally offer a bit of pep, as effects used the side and rear speakers in a moderate manner.
Not much occurred in this regard, but the mix managed to spread elements in discrete locations, and these moved well. Nothing here dazzled, but the material prompted reasonable involvement.
Audio quality was fine. Speech sounded natural and distinctive, without edginess or other issues. The score appeared clear and appropriately full.
Effects were clean and accurate. They didn’t tax my system but they satisfied. This was a more than acceptable soundtrack for a character piece.
A mix of extras appear here, and we open with an audio commentary from writer/director/actor Mark O’Brien and editor Spencer Jones. They offer a running, screen-specific look at story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, influences, music and editing, photography, and related domains.
Despite the movie's grim tone, O'Brien and Jones provide a surprisingly jovial and glib commentary, as they joke a lot and keep things light. This feels a bit odd given the nature of the story, but I guess it beats a mopey and overly serious track.
As for the quality, O'Brien and Jones give us a sporadically informative discussion. They do offer a fair number of insights, but they also go MIA surprisingly often, and the lean toward comedy undercuts the actual view of the film. The track deserves a listen but it feels more erratic than I'd like.
Seven segments appear under Cast & Crew Interviews. We get clips with O’Brien (33:47), Jones (11:04), producer Mark O’Neill (7:01), actor Henry Czerny (17:08), actors Mimi Kuzyk and Kate Corbett (17:17), cinematographer Scott McClellan (10:02), and production designer Jason Clarke (9:26).
Across these, we learn about various aspects of the production, with obvious domains of emphasis dependent on the participant’s job. Expect a good collection of insights across these useful chats.
Two 2021 film festival appearances follow, as we get Q&A from Grimmfest (19:36) and Fantasia (32:35). In the former, we hear from O’Brien, whereas the latter presents O’Brien and Czerny.
“Grimmfest” tends to look mostly at themes and interpretation, whereas “Fantasia” goes for more general notes about the film. Both offer some good insights, although “Fantasia” comes with a presentation that comes only from the left speaker and can be tough to hear.
A Roundtable features a conversation among O’Brien and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella of the “Radio Silence” podcast that goes for one hour, 13 minutes. All four also worked together on 2019’s Ready or Not, so they have a history with each other.
The piece covers horror in general, with some emphasis on the participants’ works. Happily, this fails to become self-serving and instead turns into a fun chat among filmmakers.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we finish with the movie’s original soundtrack and stills. It spans one hour, five minutes, and 17 seconds and shows a mix of production photos combined with a Dolby 2.0 rendition of the score. It becomes a generous addition to the disc.
A stark tale of a man who goes through a crisis of morality and faith, The Righteous occasionally totters under the weight of its Bergman-esque pretensions. However, it does more right than wrong, and abetted by a strong lead performance from Henry Czerny, it usually delivers a compelling drama. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio as well as a strong mix of bonus materials. Righteous offers a pretty solid first directorial effort from Mark O’Brien.