The Kings of Summer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This was a fair but not great image.
For the most part, sharpness satisfied. Occasional wide shots tended to be a bit iffy, but the majority of the flick demonstrated decent delineation and clarity. I noticed no shimmering, jaggies or edge enhancement. The image remained clean and lacked any source defects.
Colors were subdued. The movie preferred a somewhat amber feel and lacked many instances of vibrant hues, though the tones seemed fine; they were generally natural and full.
Blacks were dark and tight, but shadows tended to be inconsistent; low-light shots could be somewhat dull. Overall, this was a generally positive presentation but not a great one.
Similar thoughts greeted the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Summer, as it offered a decent but not great auditory experience. Sound quality was always good, at least. Music worked the best, as the score and songs demonstrated nice range and depth. Effects didn’t play a major role, but they seemed acceptably clear and accurate, while speech was distinctive and natural.
The soundscape lacked much to impress. Music dominated, as songs/score came from all around the spectrum. Effects had less to do, as they focused the realm of general environment. Due to all the scenes in the woods, nature added some pep – especially during a thunderstorm – but the soundfield remained low-key. Still, it did what it needed to do for a film of this sort.
As we move to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, writer Chris Galletta and actors Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias. All five sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, sets and locations, cast and performances, and a few other production areas.
While we learn the occasional filmmaking nugget here, most of the piece sticks with joking and insults. The participants mostly prefer to kid around and crack on each other. This means that actual information becomes pretty incidental to their antics, and this leaves us with a less than stimulating chat.
Five Deleted and Extended Scenes fill a total of 14 minutes, seven seconds. We get a couple longer “kids in nature” montages as well as some quirky character bits.
The montages are unnecessary and tedious, while the other bits are moderately entertaining but not especially memorable. We also get raw footage of the “pipe drumming” sequence; this is more a “behind the scenes” clip than an actual deleted scene.
Three brief featurettes follow. The Long Shot goes for two minutes, 59 seconds and includes Galletta, Vogt-Roberts, Robinson and actors Alison Brie, Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman. They tell us a little about the project, what attracted Vogt-Roberts and story/character elements. It’s not a total waste, but it’s pretty short and superficial.
Frankly Speaking with Frank Toy fills one minute, 21 seconds with movie clips. These focus on the Frank character and delivers a fake “inspirational message” tone. It’s an entertaining ad, but it’s still an ad.
Finally, Alison and Eugene occupies two minutes, 17 seconds and features a short interview with Brie and actor Eugene Cordero. They don’t tell us much in this cutesy piece.
The disc opens with ads for Inside Llewyn Davis, In a World and Stranger Within. Previews also includes promos for The To Do List and Bad Country. No trailer for Summer appears here.
As a “coming of age” movie, The Kings of Summer feels unoriginal. It nods toward too many influences and fails to turn into a coherent, compelling tale. The Blu-ray presents generally good picture, audio and supplements. Don’t expect much from this forgettable film.