Shark Night appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Overall, the image looked great.
My only minor complaint related to shadow detail, as nighttime exteriors tended to be tough to discern. That was an artifact related to the filters used to create “day for night” material, though; they just left the picture too dark. Other low-light shots worked better, and blacks were pretty deep and tight.
Sharpness consistently remained excellent. At all times, the movie featured tight, accuracte delineation, and it didn’t show any signs of jaggies, shimmering or edge haloes. Colors tended toward a somewhat amber feel, though a few livelier tones occasionally emerged. These came across as full and appealing within the visual design. Only the thick low-light elements knocked down my grade to a “B+”, as everything else looked terrific.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it worked well. The soundfield didn’t have as much to do as one might expect from an action flick, but it came to life nicely during the various shark attack sequences. In particular, water shots immersed us in the deep and delivered a solid sense of environment. I’d be hard-pressed to find anything that qualifies as real demo material here, but the track melded together well.
Audio quality was always strong. Music sounded peppy and full, while speech appeared crisp and distinctive. Effects were also accurate and dynamic. This was a track that seemed worthy of a “B+”.
Only a smattering of extras show up here. Shark Attack! Kill Machine! delivers an alternate form of scene search. With it active, we get a five-minute, 43-second montage that shows all of the flick’s big chomp sequences. It might be a more enjoyable way to watch the movie; skip the lame attempts at character development and just get to the point!
During the four-minute, eight-second Shark Knight’s Survival Guide, we see a montage of movie shots accompanied by narration. The latter provides factoids about sharks and attacks. It’s not much of a “survival guide”, as it tells us of dangers but lacks helpful hints. The material could’ve been provided as one screen of text; it’s a waste to have to sit through four minutes of footage for the minor facts.
Fake Sharks, Real Scares goes for five minutes, 24 seconds and provides comments from animatronic effects supervisor Walt Conti, director David R. Ellis, visual effects supervisor Gregor Lakner, and actors Sara Paxton and Alyssa Diaz. We get notes about how the crew brought the movie’s sharks to life. It’s a short but informative overview.
We discuss the director in Ellis’ Island. It runs four minutes, 22 seconds and includes notes from Ellis, Paxton, Diaz, and actors Chris Carmack, Dustin Milligan, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls, Chris Zylka, and Joel David Moore. We learn a little about Ellis’ methods as well as some production topics. Much of this devolves into general praise, but a few decent nuggets emerge along the way.
The disc opens with ads for Haywire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Martha Marcy May Marlene. We also get the film’s trailer and Sneak Peeks for those flicks as well as There Be Dragons and In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds.
Finally, we get a second platter with a Digital Copy of Shark Night. As always, this allows you to transfer the movie to a computer or portable viewing gadget.
While I don’t expect modern “aquatic creature attack” movies to rival Jaws, I think the genre remains open to exploration and could give us something effective. Shark Night isn’t that something, as the film seems too slow and dull to deliver the desired water-based bite. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture and audio but lacks substantial supplements. Even fans of the genre probably won’t find much to enjoy from this tepid adventure.