Patti Cake$ appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a more than acceptable presentation.
Overall sharpness came across fairly well. Interiors tended toward mild softness, but the image demonstrated delineation that seemed fine most of the time.
I saw no issues with jagged edges or shimmering. Both edge haloes and print flaws also remained absent.
The palette tended toward a teal tint much of the time, though club interiors came with heavy colored lighting. These elements worked pretty well, though they could seem a bit dense.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows seemed acceptable. Again, interiors were a minor weak link, as they appeared a little murky, but they weren’t bad most of the time. For a low-budget indie film, the image worked fine.
Similar thoughts greeted the film’s decent DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. As expected, music offered the greatest breadth, as various songs broadened to the side and rear speakers in a lively manner.
In addition, club or studio scenes used the various channels in an active way to spread out the music, and effects added a bit of pep. These oriented toward general environmental information, but they added life to the mix.
Audio quality remained solid, with dialogue that seemed natural and concise. Effects came across as accurate and realistic as well.
As noted, music played the most prominent role, and those components delivered fairly lively material. The songs and score boasted nice range and depth. This all added up to a reasonably satisfying soundtrack for a character drama.
The Blu-ray brings us a few extras, and we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Geremy Jasper. He offers a running, screen-specific look at the project’s roots, cast and performances, story, characters and influences, sets and locations, music, editing and deleted scenes, cinematography, and related elements.
Overall, Jasper provides a pretty solid commentary. He covers a nice array of topics and does so in a fairly engaging manner. Though never great, the track remains informative and useful.
A featurette called A Slice of Cake$ runs 21 minutes, 28 seconds and offers notes from Jasper, producers Noah Stahl and Michael Gottwald, 2nd AC Charlie Miller, and actors Danielle Macdonald, Sahr Ngaujah, Kirk Knight, Siddharth Dhananjay and Mamoudou Athie.
“Slice” discusses the project’s roots and story/characters, cast and performances, music, and sets/locations. We get a decent level of information here, and ample footage from the set elevates the show.
Next comes a music video for “Patti $ea$on”. It’s an amusingly low-budget affair that’s fun to watch.
We also find a lyric video for “Thick N Thin”. It largely combines movie footage with animated song lyrics, all of which make it mildly interesting at best.
Under Promotional Featurettes, we find four clips: “Making the Music” (1:45), “Danielle As Patti” (1:24), “Geremy” (1:48) and “Jersey Women” (2:04). Across these, we hear from Jasper, Macdonald, Ngaujah, Athie, Dhananjay, associate producer Skyler “Skyzoo” Taylor, Jasper’s mother Lois, and actors Cathy Moriarty and Bridget Everett.
The snippets give us notes about music, cast/performances, and Jasper’s impact on the shoot. A few nuggets emerge but these pieces focus on selling the movie.
The disc opens with ads for Wilson, Step and . No trailer for Cake$ appears here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Cake$. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
One look at the film’s heavyset heroine would lead a viewer to expect broad comedy from Patti Cake$. Instead, it delivers a likable character drama that works because it lacks cheap emotion. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture and audio along with a decent selection of supplements. While it may not innovate in its genre, Cake$ still turns into a winning tale.