Everything Everywhere All At Once appears in a variety of aspect ratios on this Blu-ray Disc. “Normal” modern-day shots went 1.85:1, while “action” scenes opted for 2.40:1 and flashbacks tended to go 1.33:1.
The last category tended to look intentionally degraded to match old home movies, but the rest offered appealing visuals whatever the ratio. Sharpness remained positive, with only a mild amount of unintentional softness along the way.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws remained absent – well, outside of some intentional artifacts to suit cinematic choices on occasion.
Colors varied somewhat due to the various styles but usually leaned toward Hollywood Standard Orange and Teal. Some variety occurred due to all the different settings – mainly due to some heavy greens - but those dominated. Though not exciting, the hues looked well-rendered and full.
Blacks appeared deep and firm, while shadows looked smooth and concise. This became a pretty solid presentation given the movie’s stylistic decision.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Once also worked well, as the movie boasted a wide and involving soundfield. This showed up during scenes both loud and quiet.
During the latter, music offered nice stereo presence. Various environmental elements displayed quality localization and involvement.
The bigger sequences added more pizzazz to the package. These used all the channels in a satisfying manner, as the action scenes created a lot of useful material. From start to finish, the mix used the speakers in a way that gave real life to the proceedings.
In addition, audio quality was strong. Music appeared vivid and full, with crisp highs and rich lows.
Speech was concise and natural, so no issues affected the lines. Effects appeared to be accurate and lively.
Those elements lacked distortion and they boasted nice low-end during their louder moments. Overall, I felt pleased with the mix.
The disc includes a mix of extras, and we find an audio commentary from writers/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, sets and locations, photography and visual design, cast and performances, references and influences, various effects, stunts and action, music, editing, and related topics.
From start to finish, we get a fine look at the movie's production. If you hope the filmmakers will explain anything, you'll encounter disappointment, but they give us a lot of good insights about the production and make this a worthwhile chat.
A few video features follow, and Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Everything Everywhere All At Once goes for 40 minutes, 47 seconds and includes notes from Kwan, Scheinart, producer Jonathan Wang, director of photography Larkin Seiple, hair department head Annissa Salazar, makeup department head Michelle Chung, production designer Jason Kisvarday, costume designer Shirley Kurata, editor Paul Rogers, and actors Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ke Huy Quan.
“Almost” covers the project’s development, the writing process and story/characters, various design choices, the atmosphere on the shoot, sets and locations, and connected areas. This program fleshes out a slew of visual decisions in a compelling manner.
Putting Everything on the Bagel runs 10 minutes, three seconds and involves Scheinert, Kwan, Quan, Yeoh, Hsu, Wang and actors Brian Le and Andy Le. They cover a bunch of topics from the shoot and offer useful insights.
With Alpha-Buts, we get an 11-minute, 23-second piece with a mix of elements. We see VFX breakdowns, “morning warm ups”, stunt concepts/rehearsals, time lapses, and B roll footage. It’s not a coherent collection but some of the material proves interesting.
Eight Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 13 minutes, 51 seconds. These mostly offer minor expansions, but we get some more significant cuts like “Spaghetti Baby Noodle Boy”. They prove entertaining.
The scenes come with commentary from Kwan and Scheinert, though their remarks feel more like intros than anything else. They deliver minor notes but not anything memorable.
Next comes a collection of Outtakes. It fills eight minutes, 30 seconds and shows a basic blooper reel.
Music Visual lasts two minutes, 42 seconds and depicts the end credits song “This Is a Life” over an image of a slowly spinning bagel. It’s as forgettable as it sounds.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we get promos under Also from A24. This domains includes ads for X, After Yang, The Green Knight and Swiss Army Man.
Not a lot of movies provide meaningful characters with hot dogs for fingers, and that acts as only one off the wacked out ideas in Everything Everywhere All At Once. Though it occasionally – okay, often - threatens to go off the rails, the films packs enough verve and creativity to make it a consistently enjoyable ride. The Blu-ray offers solid picture and audio along with an informative array of bonus materials. This turns into a weird and wild tale.