The Campaign appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Though not killer, this was usually a satisfying presentation.
The film delivered good clarity. A few shots seemed a bit on the soft side, but those were mild. Most of the film looked concise and well-defined, however. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked strong.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Campaign seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, but not with much frequency. This meant that most of the movie stayed with restricted imaging, though that was fine, as it didn’t need much to fit the story.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
Only a smattering of extras show up here, and we start with a collection of alternate takes under Line-O-Rama. It goes for four minutes, 23 seconds and lets us hear improv moments from Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell and others. I enjoy this kind of material and we find a lot of fun footage here.
Nine Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 15 minutes, 44 seconds. In these, we mostly get longer versions of existing scenes. We also see some alternate sequences; for instance, here Marty shoots Cam with a crossbow instead of with a shotgun.
Do we encounter any substantial cut scenes? Yup, but not many. The most significant shows a confrontation between Marty and Cam about the Motch Brothers. We also watch Marty campaign at the last minute, and there’s an alternate ending in which the Motch Brothers’ Chinese workers actually show up in Hammond. We also get a longer version of the post-credits segment in which the Motch Brothers get pulled before Congress. These are interesting but not especially good; in particular, the Chinese conclusion is a dud.
Finally, a Gag Reel goes for three minutes, 31 seconds. Some of this provides the usual goofs and giggles, but we get enough amusing improvised bits to create a good collection.
We can watch the movie two different ways. We get both the theatrical version (1:25:29) and an extended cut (1:35:39). By my calculation, nine scenes are elongated:
-Wattley redoes Marty’s house/image;
-Cam ignores the campaign to sit in a pool;
-Cam hits on a staffer pre-debate and then talks to his manager;
-Cam freaks out post-snake bite and revisits the family he “sex-called”;
-Cam comes to Marty’s to bond;
-Cam drives drunk, sees the press after his release from jail, discusses the local housing situation with his manager and runs into Wattley;
-Cam preps for and conducts a TV interview with Piers Morgan;
-Mitzi leaves after her affair.
Which version works better? Honestly, I think they’re about the same. None of this added 10 minutes or so notably improves the film, but the shots don’t hurt, either, and they offer some amusement. Both cuts entertain and seem virtually equivalent.
The disc opens with an ad for Bullet to the Head. No trailer for Campaign shows up here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of The Campaign. It delivers the theatrical cut of the film plus the deleted scenes.
While not a genuinely great comedy, The Campaign certainly qualifies as “very good”. The movie capitalizes on the strengths of its two stars and delivers a consistently amusing affair. The Blu-ray provides solid visuals and more than acceptable audio but lacks substantial supplements. Despite the lack of many bonus materials, I feel pleased with this release, as it brings us a nice representation of a funny flick.