Magic in the Moonlight appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. While it never excelled, the image usually looked fine.
For the most part, sharpness looked nice. At times, wider shots tended to be a little soft, but those examples weren’t terribly intrusive. Much of the film appeared accurate and concise.
No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, Magic tended to go with an orange/golden hue. The colors veered in a warm direction and looked fine given the stylistic choices.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a pleasing presentation.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Magic seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most Allen films, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, like one in a thunderstorm. However, most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion.
Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio felt a little warmer than the lossy DVD track, but the restricted nature of the material limited the upgrade.
As for visuals, the Blu-ray seemed better defined and more vivid. Though the DVD looked good for the format, the Blu-ray became the more satisfying presentation.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find two featurettes. Behind the Magic goes for 11 minutes, 21 seconds and offers info from actors Colin Firth, Jacki Weaver and Hamish Linklater.
The show looks at character and stories, sets and locations, cast and performances, and working with Woody Allen. “Behind” lacks much depth but it comes with some decent details.
On the Red Carpet fills two minutes, 45 seconds and takes us to the LA premiere. It delivers comments from Firth, Linklater, Weaver, critic Leonard Maltin, producer David Permut and actors Simon McBurney and Erica Leerhsen. They tell us a little about their experiences on the film in this brief, fluffy promo piece.
With 2014’s Magic in the Moonlight, we find average Woody Allen. While it works better than his lesser efforts, it never becomes anything special. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and adequate audio as well as minor bonus materials. Allen buffs will probably enjoy it but I can’t recommend it much to others.
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