A Wrinkle in Time Blu-ray review

Jun 05, 2018- Permalink

A Wrinkle in Time is based on the classic Madeleine L’Engle novel and as an adaptation faced some critics who said it deviated too far from its source material. If you’ve never read the book, or can look upon it as a distinct piece separate from the book, you’ll find a tender story about a girl’s self discovery. It’s now available as a Blu-ray combo pack from Disney.

The AVC-encoded 1080p transfer is presented in the film’s original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Shot digitally, the transfer is rightfully pretty flawless with nothing of note to report in terms of digital noise. The palette explodes off the screen but still doesn’t lose its nuance. The detail on everything from clothing to makeup to environment is crisp and textured. Shadow detail is excellent and black levels are very strong. If we were marking the video presentation, it would be at the top of its class.

On the audio side, Disney gives us an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack as well as French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available for English SDH, French, and Spanish. Like many of the recent Disney releases this disc is a little on the quiet side, so you’ll be turning your system up a bit. Once you’ve done that, you’ll find a soundtrack whose music fills the soundscape. Surround tracks pull you in to the otherworldly destinations and the low frequencies will give your subwoofer an appropriate workout. Dialogue is always clear and centred.

Besides the Blu-ray disc, the combo pack also comes with a DVD version of the film and a digital download code. There’s a half-hour featurette on the film’s production, deleted scenes, and commentary from director Ava DuVernay, screenwriter Jennifer Lee and other members of the production team. There’s also bloopers and music videos from DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato as well as Chloe X Halle.

A Wrinkle in Time has an excellent video presentation, a very good audio presention and a fair amount of extra material. Those willing to look past a less than perfect adaptation from the novel will enjoy adding it to their collection.