Easy A appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This turned into a consistently strong presentation.
At no point did any concerns with sharpness materialize. From start to finish, the movie featured concise, accurate elements. I saw no jagged edges or shimmering, and edge enhancement seemed to be absent. Source flaws also failed to create concerns, as the movie was free from defects.
In terms of colors, the film went with a generally natural palette that added a mild golden tint. Overall, the hues looked quite good, as the movie boasted lively, full tones. Blacks were dark and dense, while shadows showed fine clarity and delineation. Overall, this was a very satisfying transfer.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Easy A seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly 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, though, especially at parties; those opened up a bit. However, most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
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.
We get a good set of extras here. These start with Extra Credit: Pop-Up Trivia Track. It delivers text about background elements, cast and filmmakers, aspects of the shoot, and connected details. The tidbits show up frequently enough to keep us with the track, though they could be sparser than I’d like. Still, they present some fun facts and ensure that “Extra Credit” is worth a look; it’s unobtrusive enough to activate as you watch the movie.
We also find an audio commentary from director Will Gluck and actor Emma Stone. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at cast and performances, sets and locations, shooting digitally, music, and various trivia from the set.
What you won’t get from this track: a lot of deep insights about the production. What you will get: a pretty fun, loose chat. Along the way, we do get some decent notes related to the flick, but the most enjoyment stems from the manner in which Stone and Gluck interact with each other, as they create a light, sarcastic vibe. It’s not the most informative piece I’ve heard, but it’s entertaining.
Three featurettes follow. The Making of Easy A goes for 14 minutes, 35 seconds and includes remarks from Gluck, Stone, writer Bert V. Royal, producer Zanne Devine,
and actors Thomas Haden Church, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Malcolm McDowell, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd, and Aly Michalka. The show looks at story, characters and script, casting and performances, sets and locations, Gluck’s impact on the production and thoughts about Stone. “Making” features a fair amount of happy talk as well as some info encountered in the commentary and/or trivia track. Nonetheless, it proves to be enjoyable. We learn enough in this peppy piece to make it worth a look.
During the five-minute, one-second Vocabulary of Hilarity, we hear from Church, Michalka, Gluck, Stone, Royal, Devine, Tucci, Badgley, and Byrd. They talk about the film’s dialogue and related concerns such as the flick’s rating. This becomes a pretty informative little piece that runs through the movie’s language – some real, some madeup – in a fun way.
For a look at inspirations, we go to The School of Pop Culture: Movies of the Eighties. It lasts five minutes, eight seconds and features Byrd, Gluck, Church, Royal, Stone, and Badgley. The program tells us about the influences and its attempts to emulate/pay homage to them. It’s okay, but I hoped for more specifics than what we find in this fairly general piece.
A Gag Reel occupies five minutes, 21 seconds. It delivers the usual mistakes and laughs from cast and crew. Nothing terrific appears, though it’s kind of amusing to see Stone bicker with Gluck on occasion.
Finally, we find some Emma Stone Audition Footage. The reel goes for 19 minutes, 19 seconds and covers six scenes. Most of these offer traditional tryout material, while one shows self-shot “webcam” bits. All are cool to see.
At the start of the disc, we find ads for The Social Network, Burlesque, Nowhere Boy and Beastly. These also appear under Previews along with promos for Salt, How Do You Know, The Other Guys, Tamara Drewe, Eat Pray Love, and The House Bunny. No trailer for Easy A appears here.
Though it doesn’t fire on all cylinders, Easy A has enough going for it to make it enjoyable. Much of the pleasure comes from a solid cast; they add real punch to the film. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals, decent audio, and a collection of generally useful supplements. Easy A offers a genial, amusing teen comedy.