The DUFF appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a good transfer here.
Overall, sharpness came across well. Only light instances of softness occurred, as the image was usually accurate and concise. Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes also didn’t become a factor. No print flaws marred the presentation.
We got a pretty standard palette here, with a mild teal tint on display. That’s typical for modern movies, and the hues looked positive within the moderate stylistic constraints. Blacks were dark and deep, and shadows seemed smooth and concise. I felt pleased with this positive presentation.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of DUFF, it gave us the kind of low-key mix I’d anticipate from a character-based comedy. Any instances of a broad soundscape were modest at best. A few minor elements opened up the track but those remained infrequent. Instead, the film offered decent stereo spread to the music along with gentle ambience. It didn’t sizzle, but it suited the material.
Audio quality was satisfactory. Speech always came across as accurate and distinctive, without edginess or other concerns. Music seemed warm and full, and effects provided concise elements, with solid low-end when appropriate. This was a perfectly competent track for a flick of this sort.
A minor collection of extras ensues. The DUFF Hits the Red Carpet goes for three minutes, 30 seconds and takes us to the movie’s premiere. We hear comments from director Ari Sandel and actors Nick Eversman, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Mae Whitman, Ken Jeong, Chris Wylde, Bella Thorne, Romany Malco, Robbie Amell and Allison Janney. They give us happy talk about the film and little else.
Three short pieces follow. We find Bringing the Book to Life (2:15), Teen Comedies and The DUFF (2:04), and I Am The DUFF (2:42). Across these, we hear from Sandel, Whitman, Jeong, Samuels, Santos, Janney, Amell, Malco, author Kody Keplinger and producer McG. We learn about the source novel and its adaptation, cast and performances, influences, and story/characters. A few minor notes emerge here, but these featurettes tend to be vague and fluffy.
Under The DUFF Files, we see clips for “Bianca”, “Wesley”, “Madison”, “Jess and Casey” and ‘the Faculty of Malloy High”. All together, they fill seven minutes, 21 seconds and feature Whitman, Santos, Samuels, Sandel, Amell, Thorne, Malco, and Jeong. They tell us a little about the characters – very little, unfortunately, so this ends up as another superficial compilation.
An Extended Gag Reel goes for three minutes, 15 seconds. It mixes outtakes from the film with goofy press interview asides. That makes this a more interesting reel than most, but not by a lot.
The disc starts with ads for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Spare Parts, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, What If and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. No trailer for The DUFF appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of The DUFF. It includes all the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Though predictable, The DUFF offers a reasonably charming teen rom-com. Despite its lack of originality, its leads carry it and make it a likable experience. The Blu-ray offers generally good picture and audio as well as some forgettable bonus materials. DUFF turns into a cute flick.