Into the Woods now available on Blu-ray

Mar 23, 2015- Permalink

The casting was the big reason I enjoyed the theatrical release of Into the Woods and now with the Blu-ray release, you can take that magic home with you.

The production’s 1080p 2.39:1 aspect ratio transfer will make your eyes dance. Okay, got my musical theatre reference out of the way. The colour palette is dazzling. The disc easily goes from the dazzling red of Riding Hood’s cloak to the darkest shadows of the forest. Misty scenes and sunlight hair also show the palette’s range. Details are sharp from the clothes on the characters’ backs to the rustling leaves of the forest.

It wouldn’t be a musical without an audio side and that end of things is a song to your ears. The disc comes with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track as well as French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. On the subtitle side, there are English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean, and Mandarin captions available. Vocal tracks are a clear as the woods are dark. Low frequencies give the production some oomph, and the surround tracks immerse in the adventure taking place.

The Witch conjures up a selection of extras as well. From audio commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca to the expected behind-the-scenes featurettes. The film also has two sing-a-long features that give the viewer karaoke-style lyrics for either the whole production or individual songs.

I’d recommend adding Into the Woods to your home library. It will cast a spell on you.