By Ryan Parsons | Image property of First Look Studios
War, Inc is right on the cusp of being one of those A-list movies I missed but get to enjoy first run on Blu Ray. It’s got big stars, but it was also a minimal theatrical release as if it were less than an indie movie. It’s a mixed Blu Ray so maybe the quality wasn’t totally consistent.
War, Inc. in Blu-Ray HD
There are some crisp location scenes with Middle Eastern marketplaces full of visuals, and big shiny things blowing stuff up. A lot of interiors have interesting patterns like blue colored tiles or red and yellow lit restaurants. Sand looks good and there are some stark white rooms that hold up well.
Then there are some shockingly grainy interiors, like Brand Hauser (John Cuasck)’s blue office that looks like both film and digital grain. Was that a blow up from a cropped frame? There are a lot of really blown out scenes that whitewash all the color. Even some of the more controlled interiors have blown out windows, suggesting some problems with the source material.
Hilary Duff sure looks all grown up in this movie. She’s sleek and shiny with perfect skin and flamboyant outfits. You can definitely see every ripple of her abs. She’s a highlight.
Whatever the budget or release intentions for War, Inc., it’s surprising it looks so uneven. I mean, could they not even retouch it with all the modern techno tools of color timing? It doesn’t pass as an aesthetic. It just looks overexposed.