House of Gucci appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the film came with a solid visual presentation.
Overall sharpness pleased. Nary a smidgen of softness materialized, so we got a tight, precise image.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to manifest themselves.
Like most modern movies, House went for a mix of teal and amber. Trite as these colors seem, the Blu-ray reproduced them in a positive manner.
Blacks looked deep and dense, while shadows offered solid clarity and smoothness. This turned into a fine transfer.
A character movie like House didn’t offer a ton of room for auditory theatrics, but the DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix of House worked fine. Most of the soundfield stayed with general ambience, and that seemed satisfactory, as the movie brought out a nice sense of place.
On occasion, the film opened up a bit more, mainly via weather and some violent action. Those broader soundscape moments gave the flick a bit of a kick in the pants.
Audio quality worked fine, with speech that consistently came across as natural and distinctive. Music offered positive range and clarity.
Though they didn’t come with a ton to do, effects felt realistic and accurate. Low-end fared nicely on the occasions that the track went for deeper bass. All in all, the soundtrack suited the story.
Three featurettes fill out the disc, and The Rise of the House of Gucci runs 10 minutes, 14 seconds. It brings comments from director Ridley Scott, producer Giannina Scott, co-writer Roberto Bentivegna, prosthetics designer Göran Lundström, director of photography Dariusz Wolski, and actors Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Adam Driver.
We learn about the source and story/characters, cast and performances, and Scot’s approach to the material. A few decent notes emerge, but most of “Rise” feels like promotional fluff.
The Lady of the House spans five minutes, 35 seconds and involves Gaga, Driver, Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, Bentivegna, Leto, Irons, Hayek, Pacino and producer Kevin J. Walsh.
As implied by the title, “House” looks at the film’s lead actor. If you expect anything more than gushing praise for Gaga, you’ll find disappointment – even a diehard Little Monster like me felt embarrassed by the tone of this information-free program.
Finally, Styling House of Gucci goes for five minutes, 26 seconds and features Gaga, Ridley Scott, Irons, Leto, Hayek, Wolski, costume designer Janty Yates, chief cutter Dominic Young, and production designer Arthur Max.
The program discusses costumes and sets/locations. A handful of useful insights appear, but most of “Styling” brings more of the same happy talk found in the first two shows.
With Ridley Scott behind the camera and multiple stars in front of it, House of Gucci promised a high-quality affair. Unfortunately, the final product lacks consistency and never becomes especially coherent or compelling. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and more than adequate audio but supplements seem sadly superficial. House remains watchable, but at 158 minutes, it can feel like an endurance test without great payoff.