When Blu-rays are done properly, ideally going back to their original film elements, they can look absolutely breathtaking. This is just as true for a film from the 30s or 40s as it is for a film 10 years old. But when people are already dubious about the upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray, films like When Saturday Comes are an absolute travesty.
The film itself is not too bad. Sean Bean plays Sheffield United fan Jimmy Muir, and when he gets scouted putting in some amazing performances for his local non-league team, he gets the chance to really impress and make a debut for The Blades. But he's got a crazy brother, and his dad's a raging alcoholic, and his home life threatens his success and potential. It's a classic rags to riches story, the script itself is predictable, but Bean's always good value and he puts in a good performance here (though it's obvious he can't even pretend to know how to kick a ball!), and Pete Postlethwaite is excellent as his short-tempered manager. It's not a great football film (see The Damned United
for one of those), but it's worth a watch. However, whatever you do, please do not buy it on Blu-ray. It looks more like a dodgy VHS that a cutting-edge Blu-ray, the image is soft and murky, the colours are all dull. I honesty have never seen anything as awful as this on Blu-ray, and if distributors continue to release rubbish like this people will start to lose confidence in Blu-ray, which is a shame because as I mentioned at the start of this review, if done properly they can look stunning. There's no excuse for this. I'd give it 3 stars on DVD, it only gets 1 star on Blu-ray. Avoid like the bubonic plague.