The Banshees of Inisherin – Blu-ray Review

The Banshees of Inisherin

Generally speaking, The Banshees of Inisherin is a far richer emotional and intellectual film than Martin McDonagh’s past films. The rift between Colm and Pádraic symbolizes the split between the Provisional Government and the Irish Republic Army during this period. Yet, despite the film’s dark humor, there’s something profoundly irritating about the relationship between Colm and Pádraic. 

The film doesn’t have much conflict and primarily wallows in Pádraic’s lonely misery for most of its runtime. At the same time, Colm’s hard-headedness to dissolve his relationship with Pádraic is mean-spirited and downright weird. All because he finds Pádraic “dull” and “uninteresting.” It’s human nature to push away people that don’t align with your goals. Still, Colm’s actions are borderline psychotic and completely unrelatable.

Nevertheless, The Banshees of Inisherin is a beautiful film that highlights the breathtaking vistas of Ireland. At the same time, Farrell’s performance as the sweet and straightforward Pádraic continues to show Farrell is a master at his craft. He’s one of the few things that makes the plotline work. Farrell’s performance shows empathy for his dilemma because he doesn’t give you a reason to side with Colm’s behavior. You feel sorry for him, and that empathy highlights the film’s themes of loneliness. 

Despite the irritating material he has to work with, Brendan Gleeson also is a treat as Colm. One cannot forget Barry Keoghan’s strong performance and Kerry Condon’s wickedly delightful performance. All in all, the entire ensemble is a delight to watch.

Overall, The Banshees of Inisherin is a beautiful, well-written, well-acted film. However, the plot and obnoxious characters ultimately bring down this film. It’s unsettling and bizarre and will leave you scratching your head. While that may appeal to some people, I need something else. Inisherin is a lot of style over substance. But what a beautiful style it is.

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

The Banshees of Inisherin - Jon Kenny, Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, and Pat Shortt

Video

The Banshees of Inisherin hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Ireland is a majestic country with some stellar scenery. And The Banshees of Inisherin‘s video presentation showcases faithfully honors Ben Davis’ grand cinematography of Ireland’s lush scenery and rugged coastlines. Although it’s disappointing that we can’t get the film in Ultra HD, that doesn’t mean that the Blu-ray isn’t good. It features deep blacks and crisp whites that add vital contours to the picture. However, several dark spots have some crush. Though the film’s palette is drab, there are shots of bold reds, lush greens, crystal blues, and bright yellows that invigorate the film. The detail clarity is excellent. Sharp close-ups highlight the facial stubble, hair, and period clothing.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Banshees of Inisherin - Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan

Audio

The Banshees of Inisherin hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The Banshees of Inisherin is a quiet, dialogue-heavy flick. The mix isn’t quite as impressive as the visuals, but it still manages to get the point across. There’s a distinct stereo separation across the front speakers—which expands the soundstage. Also, atmospheric effects like the distant ocean waves and crackling flames nicely immerse the viewer in this quaint Irish town. Like other movies of this type, the Irish accents make it a wee bit difficult to comprehend. That’s not to say you can’t fully understand the actors, but most of the dialogue is comprehendible. Then again, you may want to put on captions for this movie.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Banshees of Inisherin - Kerry Condon

Special Features

The Banshees of Inisherin‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Creating The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Chasing Colm
    • Colm Can’t Compose
    • Parents’ Grave and Peadar
    • Siobhan Crying Too Loud
    • Stoic Equals Boring
Features Assessment

Unfortunately, there aren’t many bonus features found in this release. Creating The Banshees of Inisherin is a featurette that’s better than most EPK-style featurettes on other home video releases. For the most part, writer/director Martin McDonagh talks about the creative process and completing his “trilogy.” Actors Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and the other cast members provide their love towards McDonagh and his writing. The five deleted scenes included in this release are fine, but only one is noteworthy.

Special Features Rating: 2/5 atoms


Overall, The Banshees of Inisherin is a frustratingly dark and depressing flick with more lowlights than highlights. The video presentation is stellar, and the audio presentation is solid. Unfortunately, the bonus features could be much better.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Banshees of Inisherin is now available in stores on Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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