Laid in America appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.44:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image seemed surprisingly bland.
Sharpness became the most significant drawback. Much of the film showed reasonably good delineation, but an awful lot of it seemed oddly tentative. The movie never became truly soft, but it lacked real detail. No issues with jaggies or moiré effects emerged, and I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.
Colors tended toward a fairly natural palette. The colors looked pretty solid, as they showed good range. Blacks appeared reasonably dark and dense, while shadows appeared clear enough. Much of the transfer worked fine, but the inconsistencies in terms of sharpness left it as a “C+”.
Don’t expect much from the film’s ordinary DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Music made the most active use of the soundfield, as those elements emanated from the various channels on a consistent basis.
Effects became a less dominant aspect of the soundscape, as the movie went with general atmosphere and not a lot else. A few scenes – like those on the street – gave us a little information, but this remained a largely ordinary soundfield.
Audio quality seemed fine. Music was full and dynamic, while effects appeared accurate. Speech seemed concise and natural. This wasn’t a bad soundtrack, but it seemed lackluster.
Only one bonus feature appears here: a 58-minute, 24-second documentary called The Making of Laid in America. It includes comments from writers/directors Peter Vass and Sam Millman, producer Max Gottlieb, executive producer Adam Margules, DP Akis Konstantakopoulos, and actors KSI, Caspar Lee, Bobby Lee, Angela Trimbur, Tennessee Luke, Daved Wilkins, Whitney Rice, Madison Iseman, Josh Leyva, Syd Wilder, and Jorge Munoz. We learn about cast and performances, sets and locations, story and characters, stunts, cinematography, and general observations.
Essentially “Making” gives us a production diary, as it goes through the shoot in sequence. Not a whole lot of substance occurs, but we still find a decent overview, with a lot of footage from the set.
The disc opens with an ad for Popstar. No trailer for Laid appears here.
Should one expect great comedy from a straight-to-video comedy that stars a “YouTube superstar”? Nope - Laid in America offers a completely unfunny dud of a movie. The Blu-ray brings us acceptable audio, erratic visuals and a decent behind the scenes program. If you like the film’s actors, stick with YouTube videos and skip this terrible effort.