Baggage Claim appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image looked pretty solid.
Sharpness mostly looked positive. A little softness occasionally affected wide shots, but those instances occurred infrequently. Instead, the movie usually seemed accurate and well-defined. I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
Claim went with an amber-influenced palette typical of the romantic comedy genre. This wasn’t an overwhelming tint, though, and the image showed a good array of hues that seemed warm and full. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a satisfying image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Claim, it showed scope typical of the rom-com field. This meant a limited soundscape without much to make it stand out from the crowd. The airplane/airport shots added a bit of immersiveness, as did a few other exteriors, but those instances remained fairly infrequent. Most of the flick came with a lot of ambience and not much else.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Again, nothing about the mix impressed, but it suited the story.
When we move to extras, we launch with an audio commentary from writer/director David E. Talbert. He provides a running, screen-specific look at adapting his own novel and story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, costumes, cinematography and production design, editing, influences, and some other issues.
From start to finish, Talbert presents a likeable, engaging personality. He covers a solid array of topics and does so in a winning manner. Those factors allow the commentary to move briskly and deliver an enjoyable look at the film.
Three Deleted Scenes fill a total of nine minutes, five seconds. We find “Five Kinds of Men”, “Longer Cooking Scene” and “Race to the Airport”. “Men” offers the same footage found in the final flick but with alternate narration, while “Cooking” offers a minor extension to a sequence between Montana and William; it also places the segment in a different part of the movie. Finally, “Race” simply uses score instead of a Jackson Five song; otherwise it remains the same. None of them seem particularly interesting.
We can view these scenes with or without commentary from Talbert. He tells us a little about the segments and why they were changed. He doesn’t say much for “Men” and “Race” but offers somewhat stronger notes for “Cooking”.
Behind the Scenes with the Director goes for two minutes, 35 seconds. It offers a quick “fly on the wall” look at the production, as we see Talbert give direction to the actors. Despite its brevity, it gives us a fun glimpse of the shoot. Optional commentary from Talbert helps spell out what we see.
Four Promotional Featurettes come next. We see “Fly Girls” (4:37), “Wing Men” (4:30), “The Story” (4:21) and “Interview with the Cast” (4:37). Across these, we hear from Talbert, executive producer Lynn Sisson-Talbert, and actors Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Lauren London, Jenifer Lewis, Tia Mowry, Christina Milian, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Djimon Hounsou, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Terrence J, Lala Anthony, Affion Crockett, Terrence Jenkins and Taye Diggs.
The pieces cover story and characters as well as cast and performances. Very little movie-making info appears in any of these, so expect a lot of fluff and happy talk.
The disc opens with ads for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Enough Said, 12 Years a Slave and Romeo and Juliet. We also get the movie’s trailer.
A second disc delivers a DVD copy of Baggage Claim. It includes the commentary, three of the promotional featurettes, the trailer and the “Sneak Peeks”.
While not totally without charm, Baggage Claim flops much more than it succeeds. It moves slowly and lacks real entertainment value. The Blu-ray delivers very good picture as well as generally positive audio and decent bonus features highlighted by an enjoyable commentary. Claim winds up as a forgettable romantic comedy.