The Bucket List appears in both an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image appeared good but not great.
Sharpness usually came across reasonably well. A bit of softness crept in at times, especially during interiors, but the film mostly offered pretty good delineation.
I saw no issues with jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Colors went with a fairly amber bent, and they seemed decent to good. Nothing about the hues impressed, but they showed appropriate range and impact,
Blacks looked pretty dark and dense, while shadows offered fair clarity. Some murkiness impacted low-light shots, but the majority seemed smooth enough. Nothing about the image impressed, but the movie remained more than watchable.
As for the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of The Bucket List, I couldn’t find much to praise. I expected that, though, since I wouldn’t anticipate a wild experience from this sort of dramatic comedy.
The soundfield focused relentlessly on the front spectrum, and music presented the most prominent element. The score showed good stereo imaging, and we got some minor ambience, but that was about it.
Some of the “List” adventures like skydiving or car racing opened up the spectrum, but those sequences didn’t last long. Much of the chatty piece seemed nearly monaural.
Audio quality was fine. Speech sounded distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues. Effects didn’t have much to do, but they were acceptable for what they offered.
Music appeared reasonably full and rich. There wasn’t enough here to merit a grad above a “C”, though, so don’t expect a memorable soundtrack.
How does the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? Audio remained identical, as the Blu-ray lacked a lossless option.
Visuals offered improvements, though. The DVD seemed unusually ugly, so the Blu-ray became a definite step-up. It may not be objectively appealing, but the Blu-ray easily topped the messy DVD.
The Blu-ray offers the same extras as the DVD and a couple of added components. We find a four-minute, 53-second featurette called Writing a Bucket List that provides notes from screenwriter Justin Zackham.
The show covers the origins of the project and Zackham’s collected book of “Bucket Lists”. It tells us very little and feels more like an ad for the book.
Two clips show up under Rob Reiner Interviews the Stars. We find “Rob & Jack” (21:45) and “Rob & Morgan” (16:49).
I felt surprised by the length of those chats – I assumed they’d both be brief promo discussions and nothing more. However, the conversations offer fairly long and lively affairs – they don’t reveal tons of insights, but they’re consistently enjoyable.
A Trivia Track can be viewed alongside the movie. It tells us about cast and crew, locations, story/characters, and various observational tidbits.
Much of the track really does emphasize trivia, as it throws out little nuggets connected to the concepts in the film. It’s not the most informative piece but it’s a pleasant enough experience.
We also get a music video from John Mayer for “Say”. It provides a simple mix of movie clips and basic lip-synch footage from Mayer. The song is lightweight at best, and the video is a bore.
If interested, you can view The Making of “Say”, a five-minute, 38-second reel with comments from Mayer. He gives us thoughts about how he wrote the song. I wouldn’t call this insightful, but it’s not bad.
Perhaps someone more daring than Rob Reiner could’ve turned The Bucket List into something memorable. Unfortunately, he goes for lowest common denominator territory in this predictable, sentimental and tedious affair. The Blu-ray offers generally good picture along with mediocre audio and a decent set of supplements. This becomes a passable release for a forgettable movie.
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