Widows appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer looked good.
Sharpness was fine. A little softness occurred in some wide shots, but those didn’t become a concern. Overall definition seemed solid.
I noticed no jagged edges or moiré effects, and the presentation lacked apparent edge haloes or other artifacts. I also saw no print flaws, as the movie always seemed clean.
In terms of palette, Widows reflected Hollywood’s modern fascination with orange and teal. As tedious as that has become, the colors looked fine within the design parameters.
In addition, blacks were dark and tight, while low-light shots were decent; some could be a bit dense, but they weren’t bad. This was a positive presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it added breadth to the experience. The movie didn’t deliver a consistently rock-em-sock-em soundscape, but it managed to open up well.
A few louder sequences – usually connected to action beats – made more dynamic use of the spectrum, but those didn’t pop up with great frequency. Instead, the emphasis on general environment remained, and that was fine, as I felt the soundfield fit the material.
Audio quality always pleased. Speech remained natural and concise, with no edginess or other flaws.
Music sounded full and dynamic, while effects came across as accurate and clear. All of this suited the film and earned a solid “B”.
Only one major extra appears here: a three-part documentary called A Chicago Story. These segments span a total of 52 minutes, 10 seconds and offer comments from writer/director Steve McQueen, writer Gillian Flynn, producer Iain Canning, director of photography Sean Bobbitt, executive producer Bergen Swanson, location manager Nick Rafferty, production designer Adam Stockhausen, special effects coordinator Michael Gaspar, pyrotechnic foreman Lee Alan McConnell, and actors Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, and Ann Mitchell.
The program looks at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, stunts, action and effects, sets and locations. The three sections here don’t tell the whole picture of the film’s creation, but they offer a fairly good mix of production notes and shots from the set.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a Gallery. It includes 23 shots that mix photos from the film and behind the scenes pictures. It’s a forgettable compilation.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Widows. It provides the trailer, the gallery and one of the three “Story” segments.
Due to the talent involved, Widows comes with sky-high expectations. Though it offers a mostly entertaining experience, the movie still disappoints in a moderate way due to its need to rush through too much of its story. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio along with an informative documentary. While I like Widows, I can’t claim it fires on all cylinders.