She’s Out of My League appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Nothing here excelled, but the image seemed mostly fine.
Sharpness usually appeared acceptably accurate and detailed. Wider shots tended to be a little iffy, though, as the movie didn’t demonstrate consistently positive definition. Nonetheless, most of the movie appeared clear and appropriately focused. Moiré effects and jagged edges presented no concerns, and the image lacked edge haloes. No print flaws materialized; the film remained clean and fresh.
In terms of colors, the flick went with a moderately subdued set of tones that stayed on the golden side of things. Within those parameters, the tones looked fine. Blacks were dark and firm, and shadows looked concise; low-light sequences demonstrated appropriate clarity. Really, the softness was the main issue here, and that was reason it fell down to “B“ level.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it offered a functional effort and that was about all. Of course, I didn’t expect a dazzling soundfield from this sort of comedy, and I got exactly what I anticipated. In terms of effects, general ambience ruled the day. Surround usage usually stayed limited; though the airport setting added decent pizzazz at times, most of the film concentrated on basic environmental material.
Audio quality appeared fine. Dialogue was consistently warm and natural, and speech displayed no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects were a minor component of the mix, and they seemed appropriately subdued and accurate; there wasn’t much to hear, but the various elements were clean and distinct. The music came across as acceptably distinctive. This was a decent reproduction of the material.
How did the Blu-ray compare with the DVD version? Audio showed a little more pep, and visuals were tighter and better defined. Though the Blu-ray wasn’t great, it brought us a decent step up over the DVD.
The Blu-ray duplicates the DVD’s extras, and we open with an audio commentary from director Jim Field Smith. He offers a running, screen-specific look at cast, characters and performances, sets and locations, production design, music, and a few other elements.
Like the movie itself, Smith’s chat is genial and interesting without being especially terrific. The director covers most of the requisite bases and turns this into an enjoyable commentary, but it never becomes particularly scintillating. Still, Smith makes it worth a listen.
Devon’s Dating Show! lasts seven minutes, 28 seconds as the characters played by Nate Torrance and Kyle Bornheimer give us dating tips. Devon goes for the touchy-feely stuff, while Dylan walks the crass side of the street. This produces a moderately amusing piece.
Five Deleted Scenes run a total of three minutes, 33 seconds. These include “Real Crazy” (0:38), “Time Out” (0:38), “It’s Her Cat” (1:03), “3…2…” (0:40) and “Extended Ending” (0:34). The first two add a little more to Molly’s first meeting with Kirk’s family, while the second pair give us additional footage of Jack. The “Extended Ending” resolves the Marnie character. All are entertaining, but none seem essential.
We can watch these with or without commentary from Smith. He tells us a bit about the sequences and lets us know why he cut the clips. Smith doesn’t get much time to talk, but he delivers the appropriate info.
A Blooper Reel goes for six minutes, 19 seconds. These include some of the standard goofs and giggles, but they also throw out lots of alternate lines. That makes the “Reel” a lot more interesting than usual.
On the surface, She’s Out of My League is a derivative Apatow-wannabe with a number of problems. Beneath the surface, that’s true as well, but despite a mix of issues, it manages to offer fairly good entertainment. The Blu-ray provides reasonably good picture and audio as well as a fair collection of supplements. League never strongly impresses, but it acts as an enjoyable diversion.
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