Music and Lyrics appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. A mix of highs and lows, the transfer remained watchable but lacked consistency.
For the most part, sharpness was good. Some scenes came across as moderately ill-defined, but those didn’t appear with consistency. Though the flick didn’t boast great delineation, it was fine much of the time. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, but some edge haloes could be seen. As for source flaws, I noticed no specks, marks or other concerns, though the image looked rather grainy at times.
Colors varied from good to thin. Some of the movie came across as awfully bright, and that meant the hues occasionally lacked much vivacity. In general, they seemed fine, but more than a few shots suffered from moderately pale tones. Similar issues made blacks a bit flat, and the excessive brightness caused some distractions. For instance, one daytime exterior looked like it took place in a snowy environment though that wasn’t the case. Enough of the image seemed positive to merit a “C+”, but the transfer disappointed.
I didn’t expect much from the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Music and Lyrics, and the result seemed pretty typical for this genre. Audio quality was fine. Music showed good range and definition. Both score and songs displayed nice breadth, as they fleshed out the material well. Speech consistently came across as concise and crisp, while effects were clean and clear. The latter didn’t play a big role in the flick, so they failed to demand much. Nonetheless, they seemed fine.
As for the soundfield, it was decidedly low-key. The music showed decent stereo imaging, and effects provided a minor sense of ambience. Nothing in the movie stood out as memorable in terms of soundscape, though, and this was a pretty passive track. Though I didn’t find an impressive mix here, it seemed acceptable given the movie’s scope.
A small roster of supplements completes the DVD. We find eight Deleted Scenes that run a total of 11 minutes, five seconds. These include “Meeting Cora”, “Alex and Khan”, “Phone Messages”, “Too Many Words”, “Vinny Sings”, “Carousel”, “On Mars” and “Colin Calls”.
Though I often don’t think much of most cut sequences, these are almost all good. Four of them give Khan the desk clerk more to do, and they offer nice laughs. “Cora” is a little redundant but still amusing, and “Carousel” and “Mars” offer some comedic views of Chris’s relationship with his daughter. “Calls” is a very funny misdirect as well. I don’t know if these all would have fit into the final flick, but they’re very entertaining nonetheless.
Called Note for Note: The Making of Music and Lyrics, a featurette lasts 13 minutes. “Note” mixes movie clips, shots from the set, and interviews. We hear from writer/director Marc Lawrence, co-producer Scott Elias, costume designer Susan Lyall, choreographer Dan Karaty, vocal coach/arranger Michael Rafter, composer Adam Schlesinger and actors Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Haley Bennett and Kristin Johnston. The program looks at story and characters, the cast and performances, Lawrence’s impact on the production, recreating the Eighties elements, Grant’s musical and dancing training and other aspects of the tunes.
Relentlessly promotional, “Note” exists to sell the movie. It does almost nothing else, as it just lets us know what a great flick it’ll be and sends us through tons of film clips. That makes it a waste of time for fans who’ve already seen Music, as they’ll learn next to nothing about the movie’s creation.
Into addition to a standard four-minute and 11-second Gag Reel, we find a music video for “Pop Goes My Heart”. This is exactly the same clip that runs along with the opening credits. It differs only in that it lacks the text overlays. It’s nice to see it in all its unfettered glory.
A few ads open the DVD. We get promos for Nancy Drew, No Reservations, Seinfeld Season Eight, In the Land of Women and The Astronaut Farmer. No trailer for Music appears here.
Lightweight but inviting, Music and Lyrics overcomes many genre drawbacks to become a fun experience. The movie boasts fine performances from its lead actors along with a lively, jaunty tone that make it a consistent pleasure. Picture and audio are rather lackluster, and the DVD’s extras don’t bring a lot to the table. Though this is a mediocre release for an enjoyable movie, it at least deserves a date night rental.