Get Out Blu-ray Review
Get Out marks writer/director Jordan Peele's dazzling debut, a mystery horror thriller which subverts expectations and keeps you gripped throughout.The simple story has Rose taking her black boyfriend Chris home to meet her white parents. After being surprised by the warm welcome, Chris starts to notice strange things about the household - and the neighbourhood - but is it just his paranoia running wild or is there really something wrong with these people? Playing against audience preconceptions, and injecting pointed social commentary under the surface, Peele has a wild time defying expectations, immediately putting you on a certain path with his prologue, and continuing to throw curveballs at you every time you try and figure out what is actually going on. The result is an exceedingly tense and unpredictable experience which keeps you on edge despite the seemingly innocuous events, and despite barely a drop of blood on display for a surprisingly long amount of the runtime.British actor Daniel Kaluuya is a revelation as Chris, carrying the character through every stage of confidence, confusion, denial and desperation, and drawing you along for the voyage without the need for any stupid behaviour or plot-dictated missteps. He makes for a great protagonist, playing perfectly opposite Allison Williams as Rose, with strong support from the likes of Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener and Stephen Root, and with a fabulously atypical part for the funny best friend, played by Lil Rel Howery. Peele not only subverts expectations, he also works in resonant themes too, injecting pointed commentary on passive racism and affluent ambivalence, likely aimed at many of his target audience (particularly in the US), whilst thinly veiling it under the auspices of this commanding and compelling breakthrough mystery.
Picture QualityGet Out comes to Region Free UK Blu-ray courtesy of Universal who deliver it with an excellent 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation framed in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 widescreen. It's a lovely looking piece which, despite the limited settings, makes the most of the gorgeous exteriors and claustrophobic interiors.
Despite the limited budget this is a lovely looking Blu-ray release
Detail is largely superb, rarely letting up with strong clarity and precision throughout, and few moments that reveal softness around the edges. Skin tones are well-rendered, beads of sweat, tears and drops of blood all come across clearly, whilst the wood-based interiors are rich and allow for impressive textures. The colour scheme makes the most of the sun-blissed outdoor shots, retaining strength and depth of detail even during the darker and more shadow-dominated sequences. Despite the obvious budget and location-driven constraints, it's a very good looking presentation indeed.
Sound QualityThe accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is a punchy, precise, nuanced and exciting affair that is more than prepared to jolt you when you least expect it although, oddly, in a very natural way, seldom feeling like a cheap trick. Dialogue remains well-placed across the frontal array, delivered clearly and coherently with prioritisation over and above the rest of the track.
The audio is equally as good rounding off an impressive presentation for this sleeper hit
The score has some great and plot-related song tracks in it, as well as a sweeping, effective instrumental underlay which forms the backbone to the narrative as it unfolds. The score is married perfectly to the emotional current of the piece, and more than prepared to help elicit the desired feelings towards the ensuing comedy, mystery and outright horror. Keeping the surrounds reasonably active, it's the effects track that is marvelously nuanced, distinguishing elements across the array and drawing the LFE in where necessary. Like the impressive video, the audio continues the trend, rounding off a surprisingly good presentation for this sleeper hit.
ExtrasWe get an excellent selection of extras headlined by a strong and detailed Audio Commentary from the writer/director, which is supported by a nice making of Featurette, a Q&A and a slew of additional scenes with optional commentary, including a whole bunch of alternate moments in the climax, as well as a completely different ending.
Blu-ray VerdictAn exceedingly tense and unpredictable experience that makes for a great Blu-ray
Get Out is a tremendous little sleeper hit, storming the box office and raking in hundreds off millions of dollars off the back of a comparatively miniscule budget, all-but guaranteeing that we're going to see more directorial efforts from first-timer Jordan Peele, who knocks it out of the park with this little mystery horror/thriller gem. The Blu-ray disc does this fantastic little film justice with excellent video and audio, and a nice selection of extras, making this release highly recommended.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £12.99
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