The Lovers appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a positive presentation.
Sharpness largely worked well. A couple of interiors demonstrated a smidgen of softness, but the majority of the flick displayed nice delineation and accuracy.
I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
Lovers went with palette that favored a chilly form of teal, with some orange tones tossed in at times. Within the movie’s color design, the hues seemed solid.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently satisfying image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix of Lovers, it showed scope typical of its context. This meant a limited soundscape without much to make it stand out from the crowd. A chatty film, much of the soundfield remained limited.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Again, nothing about the mix impressed, but it suited the story.
A few extras fill out the set, and we launch with an audio commentary from writer/director Azazel Jacobs. He provides a running, screen-specific look at the project’s origins and inspirations, story/characters, music, cast and performances, sets and locations, and connected domains.
For the film’s first act or so, Jacobs gives us a pretty insightful track, but the discussion loses strength as it goes. While Jacobs still contributes some good material, he tends to narrate the film too much of the time. Still, the commentary works reasonably well overall.
Two featurettes follow, and The Music of Romance lasts 13 minutes, 51 seconds. It provides notes from Jacobs and composer Mandy Hoffman as they discuss the movie’s score. Though a little self-congratulatory, “Romance” presents some useful info.
A Complicated Passion goes for 19 minutes, 23 seconds and features Jacobs and actors Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Melora Walters, Aidan Gillen, Jessica Sula, and Tyler Ross. “Passion” looks at the film’s roots and story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations. “Passion” covers production basics in a moderately satisfying manner.
The disc opens with ads for 20th Century Women, Dean, Moonlight, and The Sense of an Ending. No trailer for Lovers appears here.
Parts of The Lovers give us an interesting twist on the relationship genre, and its actors fare well. Unfortunately, the movie fails to explore its roles and themes in a satisfying way, factors that make it unfulfilling in the end. The Blu-ray comes with very good picture and adequate audio as well as a decent collection of bonus materials. The Lovers gives us a mediocre tale of marriage.