Video and Presentation
The presentation of Midnight Meat Train features what one can only imagine is a purposefully ridiculous amount of grain. There really can be no other logical explanation for it, seeing as how the theatrical presentation was especially clean-looking. And while the excessive grain provides the cold, metallic, train-car murders with a raw sense of tension and atmosphere, it has the negative effect of making the rest of the movie appear especially noisy. Every sequence is alive with the buzz and hum of constant, hugely obvious gain, despite an exceptional contrast and overall nice coloration. It’s a shame really that the transfer wasn’t more successful, but the promise of the image and the rich play between the colors and the deep, deep black levels is just so awfully minimized by the most intrusive grain we’ve seen in a Blu-ray transfer to date.
Score: 6 out of 10
Languages and Audio
The sound, however, truly excels where the visuals falter. Featuring a 7.1 DTS HD transfer, the audio is unrelenting across the channels. Whether it’s the slick, wet sound of bloodletting, the base-filled pounding of hammer against bone or the shrill, metallic rattle of a subway car at midnight, the soundscape is dynamic, unrelenting and loud. Kitamura employs a number of instances of wonderfully directional audio and knows how to use sound to create honest suspense and illicit a handful of frightful jumps. This is the way you want your horror to sound.
Score: 9 out of 10Packaging and Extras
Midnight Meat Train features only three extras and a commentary, but each of these provide some incredible value for the experience:
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