Solo: A Star Wars Story isn’t the prettiest movie to ever grace Blu-ray.
It was digitally shot and is flat, predominately very bleak, and often without significant color punch beyond some of Lando’s more colorfully intense capes and furnishings on board the Falcon.
In these instances, the palette pleases, presenting colors boldly, and the contrast of the clean white surfaces (not Corvette interior blinding white but very clean and “new” as opposed to the dingy Falconinterior fans know and love) is often enough to help break up the movie’s otherwise dull color palette. The opening sequence on Corellia is particularly bleak, beginning with a blue-dominant backdrop and pale, washed out blacks, the latter of which dog the transfer throughout.
Even brighter, more forgiving locations — Vos’ yacht — lack significant color delights in favor of more a monochromatic presentation.
Textures are decent across the board, never struggling to meet the movie’s modest demands and showcasing wear on droids, precise clothing details, complex environments, and essential facial features with commendable intricacy, but there’s little here that really opens up and explores any of the movie’s nitty-gritty details.
There are a few smudgy edges throughout the film, notably in Dryden Vos’ office at the 50:20 mark. Noise is also a little more prominent than one would expect of a high end production, even in better light.
The movie appears fairly accurate to its source and artistic style, but it’s not a dazzling reference presentation by any means and is drastically hindered by those elevated blacks.