Flowers in the Attic appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image showed its age.
Sharpness varied. While some shots presented pretty good definition, more than a few others suffered from lackluster delineation. The movie usually showed reasonable clarity, but it often looked vaguely soft.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge enhancement. Occasional, persistent specks and marks appeared.
Colors were another lackluster element. The film opted for a somber brown feel, and the tones felt dull and flat.
Blacks were decent but unexceptional, and shadows tended to come across as moderately thick. Although I never found this to be a bad transfer, it showed too many concerns to rate higher than a “C”. It simply looked a bit too iffy to satisfy.
Though the Blu-ray’s menu claims it includes a stereo mix, instead we find an LPCM monaural soundtrack. Speech was reasonably natural and concise, though a little distortion cropped up at times. Music showed acceptable clarity, though the score lacked much range.
Effects brought us accurate enough material. This was never a memorable track, but it seemed acceptable when I considered the movie’s era.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from film historian Kat Ettinger. She provides a running, screen-specific look at the source novel and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and crew, sets and locations, the American gothic genre and other related fields.
Ettinger’s chat starts slowly, but she gradually builds a pretty good head of steam. We get a nice look at changes from the novel and genre areas as well as production notes in this informative track.
A few featurettes follow, and the first brings an Interview with cinematographer Frank Byers. During the eight-minute, 26-second chat, Byers discusses his work on the film and related experiences. Byers makes this a short but informative reel.
Next comes an Interview with Production Designer John Muto. This one spans 13 minutes, 45 seconds and includes Muto’s thoughts about how he came to the film and how he executed his job. Muto covers the subject matter well.
An Interview with Actor Jeb Stuart Adams fills 13 minutes, 41 seconds with his notes about his career, how he came to the film, other cast/crew and changes made from the source. Adams proves informative and fairly blunt.
Finally, an Interview with Composer Christopher Young runs nine minutes, 33 seconds and examines the movie’s score. He digs into the topics well.
The film’s Original Ending lasts seven minutes, 53 seconds. It adds some campy action to the version found in the final cut. It makes a silly movie even goofier.
We also get the Revised Ending. In this 11-minute, three-second reel, we see the conclusion that appears in the released version of the movie, but we get insights from writer Tony Kayden, the person who came up with it. He gives us some useful notes about this sequence.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a Production Gallery. It brings 70 images that mix design art and storyboards, shots of sets, movie images and advertising. It becomes a positive collection.
Add Flowers to the Attic to the list of successful books adapted into awful movies. Campy, inane and completely free of drama or intrigue, nothing about the film works. The Blu-ray comes with mediocre picture and audio along with a good allotment of bonus materials. Flowers becomes a wholly terrible flick.