Fried Barry appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a reasonably good image.
Sharpness was usually fine. Some minor soft shots appeared occasionally, but the majority of the flick brought fairly positive delineation.
No signs of jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I witnessed no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Colors followed a stylized path, with a lot of the usual orange and teal, though other hues like garish yellows/reds/greens also materialized. These looked fine given the design choices.
Blacks were reasonably dark, whereas shadows could be a bit murky. The image merited a “B-“.
I found a decent experience from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, though it didn’t give us a ton of information. Music dominated, as the score occupied the five channels in an engulfing manner.
Effects lacked as much to do, though. Some violent scenes boasted better involvement, but these elements rarely became especially prominent in the mix.
Audio quality worked fine, with dialogue that remained natural and concise. Music was bold and full.
Effects came across as accurate and dynamic, with good range and punch. The mix lost some points due to a semi-lackluster soundscape, but it was still worth a “B”.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Ryan Kruger, director of photography Gareth Place and producer James C. Williamson. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story and characters, sets and locations, cinematography, effects, music, stunts, cast and performances, influences and related domains.
The commentary tends to break into three categories: production insights, praise for the film, and general chitchat. At times, we get some good material, but the overall package feels a bit blah.
Some video features follow, and The Making of Fried Barry goes for 14 minutes 42 seconds. It brings notes from Kruger, Williamson, Place, composer/sound designer Haezer, production designer Monica Rosie, and actor Sean Cameron Michael.
“Making” discusses the movie’s origins and development, Kruger’s impact on the production, music and audio, production design and photography, cast and performances.
Though not an especially coherent take on the flick, “Making” comes with a few good notes. We get too much happy talk but some useful elements materialize along the way.
Behind the Scenes lasts three minutes, 54 seconds and shows shots from the set accompanied by snippets of the film’s score. It plays as a kind of music video and it never becomes interesting.
Fried Barry first came to life via a 2017 short film, and it appears here. It lasts three minutes, 54 seconds and features Green as the lead just like in the feature version.
With so little time at its disposal, one shouldn’t expect a plot. Instead, the short film shows a montage of freaky shots of Green as Barry. It’s weird and pointless other than as a demo reel, I guess.
Six Deleted & Extended Scenes fill a total of six minutes, 39 seconds. The longest – “Drug Guru” – runs three minutes, nine seconds, whereas the shortest – “Bone Crusher” – lasts a mere 18 seconds. All the rest span between 42 and 54 seconds.
“Guru” offers an extremely annoying character who explains all the drugs Barry takes. It’s less one specific scene and more a bunch of additions that would’ve popped up throughout the film. I’m exceedingly happy these irritating segments got the boot.
As for the rest, they prove less obnoxious but not any more valuable. They lack much purpose of entertainment.
A collection of Outtakes fill four minutes, three seconds. This reel shows the usual bloopers and never seems especially compelling.
Under Adverisements, we get three clips: “Cigarette Advertisement” (0:23), “Condom Advertisement” (0:44) and “Have a ‘Barry’ Advertisement” (0:34). These create fake promos that use Barry as pitchman. They’re more engaging than anything in the actual film.
”How to” With Barry breaks into another three segments: “How to Give a Blowjob” (1:51), “How to Use Your Hands” (1:31), and “How to Use a Condom” (0:59). All three offer Barry’s “advice” on sex-related topics. If I never see Green perform simulated sex acts again, it’ll be too soon.
Finally, we end with an alternate trailer. Because no other trailer appears on the disc, it seems unclear what it’s an alternate to, but it’s all we find.
As a dark story of an alien on Earth, Fried Barry manages an unusual entry in its genre. Unfortunately, it fails to find much development or purpose, so it feels more like a random collection of events than a real narrative. The Blu-ray offers generally positive picture and audio as well as a decent roster of bonus materials. Fried seems too long and too disjointed to work.