Paper Man appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not up to normal Blu-ray standards, the image looked fine most of the time.
Sharpness was usually good. Some shots demonstrated a bit of softness and fuzziness, but they remained reasonably infrequent. While the picture rarely appeared terrifically concise, it normally demonstrated solid clarity. No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and the presentation lacked edge haloes. In terms of source defects, I witnessed a handful of specks and marks, but nothing substantial materialized.
The film went with a subdued palette that looked fine. Colors never exactly popped off the screen, and they sometimes seemed a little runny, but overall, they were reasonably accurate. Blacks appeared dark and dense, while shadows tended to be a bit thick; low-light shots came across as less vivid than I’d like. Though I thought that this was a decent presentation, it didn’t seem particularly strong for Blu-ray.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it remained pretty low-key. General ambience ruled the day, as little more exciting than that appeared. Some seaside shots offered decent breadth, and music spread well to the back speakers. Nonetheless, nothing especially lively popped up here.
Audio quality seemed acceptable. Speech appeared natural and concise, as the lines always remained intelligible. Music seemed full and rich, while effects showed good accuracy. Nothing here stood out as particularly memorable, but the track was fine for a film of this sort.
How did the quality of this Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? I thought the audio was a wash; the Blu-ray might have been a little kickier, but both were too lackluster to demonstrate significant differences.
Visuals showed more obvious improvements, but these weren’t as substantial as I might’ve liked. The Blu-ray was clearly tighter and more dynamic, but it came with enough softness to be a disappointment. The Blu-ray was the superior presentation, though; it’s not great, but it’s the better of the two.
In terms of extras, the main feature comes from a Making Of featurette. This lasts 12 minutes, 42 seconds and includes notes from writers/directors Kieran Mulroney, Art Spigel and Michele Mulroney, producers Ara Katz and Richard N. Gladstein, and actors Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Daniels, Lisa Kudrow, Emma Stone, Kieran Culkin and Hunter Parrish. The piece looks at characters and story, the film’s roots and development, cast and performances, sets and locations, and the work of the Mulroneys as directors. Some of the standard fluff emerges here, but we get enough details to make this a decent featurette.
Not found on the DVD, we locate eight Deleted Scenes. These fill a total of six minutes, 24 seconds and show short character tidbits with Richard. Many extend existing scenes, and none do much to expand the story or roles; they’re consistently forgettable, though a few help reinforce Richard’s attachment to animals.
The disc opens with ads for The Baader-Meinhof Complex, Made for Each Other, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and The Last Lovecraft. We also get the trailer for Paper Man.
After an engaging start, Paper Man falters. It still manages to keep us reasonably invested in it, but it lacks the natural movement to make it wholly satisfying. The Blu-ray provides average picture and audio along with minor supplements. Though it has some positives, the movie ends up as too inconsistent to really succeed.
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