Suburbicon appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a terrific transfer.
Sharpness consistently worked well. No obvious signs of softness manifested themselves, so we ended up with a tight, well-defined presentation.
The image lacked jaggies or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to create distractions.
To the surprise of no one, Suburbicon went with a teal and amber palette. Though these color choices seemed tedious, the Blu-ray reproduced them in a satisfying manner.
Blacks looked deep and dark, while shadows appeared smooth and concise. Everything about the presentation seemed pleasing.
Though not as impressive, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack suited the narrative. The soundscape tended to focus on music, which spread across the five channels in a smooth, engrossing manner.
Effects offered less active material, as the movie focused largely on dialogue. Ambient material showed good use of the various channels, though, and a few more ambitious scenes – like a vehicle crash and explosion - managed to bring the mix to life in a moderate manner.
Audio quality worked fine, with music that sounded warm and full. Speech appeared natural and concise, without edginess or other concerns.
As noted, effects didn’t have a lot to do here, but they remained accurate and well-reproduced. This was a perfectly competent soundtrack.
A few extras appear, and we launch with an audio commentary from writer/director George Clooney and writer Grant Heslov. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, production design and locations, music, editing and related topics.
Clooney dominates the track, as Heslov chimes in with less frequency. The commentary brings us a decent array of notes, but it never comes across as especially involving. While not a bad listen, the chat lacks a lot to make it better than average.
Three featurettes ensue. Welcome to Suburbicon goes for 29 minutes, 50 seconds and includes notes from Clooney, Heslov, director of photography Robert Elswit, production designer James D. Bissel, car wrangler George Sack, costume designer Jenny Eagan, and actors Gary Basaraba, Julianne Moore, Karimah Westbrook, Matt Damon, Leith Burke, Tony Espinosa, Noah Jupe, Alex Hassel, Glenn Fleshler, and Oscar Isaac.
“Welcome” looks at the project’s development and historical influences, story/characters, cast and performances, Clooney’s work on the set, locations and period details, photography and editing. While it comes with some of the usual happy talk, “Welcome” provides a pretty good look at the film, especially in terms of the historical background. Those factors make it a useful and enjoyable program.
The Unusual Suspects: Casting lasts 12 minutes, 49 seconds and features Clooney, Damon, Hassell, Moore, Fleshler, Basaraba, Isaac, Heslov, Westbrook, Burke, Jupe, and casting director Ellen Chenowith. As expected, “Suspects” goes over cast and performances. It adds a few interesting nuggets.
Finally, we get the seven-minute, 54-second Scoring Suburbicon, a piece with notes from Clooney and composer Alexandre Desplat. We learn a bit about the movie’s music in this reasonably effective piece.
Despite the presence of George Clooney behind the camera and Matt Damon and Julianne Moore in front of it, Suburbicon fizzles. The movie lacks any sense of purpose or direction and becomes a mish-mash of genre concepts in search of a point. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals along with good audio and a useful selection of supplements. Don’t let the talent involved in Suburbicon fool you, as the movie flops.