All of my many Blue Ray reviews focus solely upon the actual quality of the film from Standard Def DVD quality to the higher standard set for Blu Ray. Summaries of the plot and opinions of the story line and acting can be found in the majority of the other reviews so I do not want to be redundant. My rating is based solely upon the Blue Ray disc's video and audio quality and not the quality of the movie itself.
Keep in mind, however, that the quality of what you see and hear is also dependent upon the quality of the TV monitor you are watching on as well as the home theater set up you are using. The monitor I use is a fairly new Panasonic ZT 65" plasma and the amps, speakers, cables, OPPO 103 BluRay player and AVM-60 7.1 Atmos enabled Surround Processor I use are hi end esoteric gear to provide me with a more realistic and objective perspective. The Oppo player is not enabled to transcode Atmos audio so it will default to the next best audio coded, in this case, DTS HD MA 7.1 I am not trying to be a snob here, but just pointing out that what you see and hear is very dependent upon the quality of the gear you are using.
The video resolution is really quite decent for this shorter than expected film which runs for 1.5 hours. Color grading is fairly neutral and real life. Excellent contrast throughout with only the slightest hint of grain in just a few areas. Small details such as skin pores and hair separation are easy to discern. Bit rate averages about 31 Mbps. There really is no need to mention how deep the blacks go as there really aren't any deep black scenes. There are a couple of nighttime street scenes where the dark sky does look very true to life. Sky scenes show no banding at all.
While there is no Atmos 7.1 soundtrack, the default to Dolby Tru HD 7.1 does a very commendable job when immersion into the sound field is called for. Much of the film is center speaker, dialogue based with a few audio pans across the front stage. There is not a whole lot of foley fx coming from the surrounds during these scenes. That said, during the sky and water landing scenes, your LFE channel as well as your surrounds will all come into play with aggressive use and immersive ambience drawing you into the scene. Audio pans from rear to front are several and foley fx from the surrounds are fitting and at proper, if subdued levels. Dialogue is clear and transparent throughout.
EXTRAS....I hate ads for other movies of which there are many on here. That said, there are 3 very good extras including interviews with the real characters, extraordinary footage of an actual crash that didn't have the good fortune to have Sully as captain and a making of doc.
All in all, I can't quite say I'd pull this disc for use as a demo disc, not only is the film well made but the entire storyline plays out in totally realistic tone. Look out for director Clint pulling an Alfred Hitchcock move in one of the scenes....I won't tell you which.
I do hope this review has been of some help to you in deciding upon your purchase.
Thanks for reading.