Pitch Perfect appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the movie looked attractive.
Sharpness was usually solid. A few wider shots showed a little softness, but those instances remained minor. Instead, the majority of the movie seemed accurate and concise.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws were a non-factor, as I witnessed no specks, marks or other debris.
Colors were good. The series opted for a fairly perky palette and the Blu-ray replicated these tones in an appealing manner.
Black levels were appropriately deep, and shadows seemed clear and well-rendered. Across the board, the visuals proved to be pleasing.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Perfect suited the story pretty well but won't win any awards. The soundstage appeared nicely broad at the appropriate times and could be moderately engulfing on occasion.
It's a talky little movie for the most part so the focus was mainly up front, but the audio expanded when necessary. Music became the dominant area of expansion, as songs and score filled all five channels. Effects didn’t do much, but the music added zest to the proceedings.
Sound quality seemed fine. Dialogue always appeared crisp and natural, and I had no trouble understanding it.
Music was warm and distinctive, and effects also seemed realistic and more than adequate for the tasks at hand. All of this made the mix a solid “B”.
We get a good collection of extras here, and we find two separate audio commentaries. The first comes from director Jason Moore, actor/producer Elizabeth Banks and producer Max Hendelman. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, editing and deleted scenes, cast and performances, music, sets and locations, and related domains.
Overall, this becomes a solid chat. It moves at a nice pace and keeps us informed the whole way. Though it lacks the depth it needs to become a great commentary, it still works nicely.
For the second commentary, we hear from producer Max Brooks. He delivers a running, screen-specific discussion of his involvement in the film as well as the same topics covered in the first commentary,
Inevitably, this means Brooks repeats a fair amount of material we already hear in the prior chat. Still, he manages his own spin on the subjects, and he proves likable and engaging. The piece becomes too redundant to turn into a winner, but Brooks offers enough energy and perspective to make his commentary enjoyable on its own.
Next we find Music Video for “Starship”. This uses a mix of clips from cast and fans to create a unique piece. Its unusual nature makes it more appealing than I might expect.
12 Deleted/Extended Scenes take up a total of 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Most of these fall into the “extended” category, so they expand sequences in the final flick.
Still, the clips tend to add some fun material, as we get a bit more exposition for some segments and characters. I can’t claim any of the scenes seem crucial, but most offer amusing and semi-useful material.
A collection called Meanwhile… expands five segments. We find “Activities Fair” (4:51), “Hood Night” (5:07), “Burrito Hit” (1:37), “Tonehangers” (4:48) and “Confessional” (2:46).
Despite the odd title, “Meanwhile” just offers extended versions of existing scenes. Some funny material shows up here, though I suspect the clips would’ve gone way too long if this footage appeared in the final cut.
For more unused material, we get three Line-O-Ramas with a total running time of 12 minutes, 39 seconds. These give us alternate lines along with some bloopers. It’s a decent collection but not great – and some repeat from “Meanwhile”.
With Backstage at Barden, we get three short pieces: “Benji Goes to Barden” (1:20), “Gail Interviews Bumper” (1:55) and “Gail Interviews Benji” (1:11). These offer promotional video pieces with the actors in character. They become amusing and fun.
A featurette called On the Set runs one minute, 16 seconds and offers info from Moore, stunt coordinator Bill Scharpf and actor Rebel Wilson. This gives us a quick look at the scene where Fat Amy gets hit by a burrito. It’s watchable but insubstantial.
A Look Inside takes up two minutes, 54 seconds and includes notes from Banks and actors Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Skylar Astin. It’s pure promotion.
An unassuming comedy, Pitch Perfect does nothing to reinvent any wheels. Nonetheless, it comes with just enough verve and charm to make it a fun flick. The Blu-ray presents solid picture and audio along with a pleasing collection of supplements. This turns into a nice release for a likable film.