Silicon Valley appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the shows 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 amber 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 suited the shows 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 series, so the focus was mainly up front, but the audio expanded when necessary. This occurred mostly via gentle environmental ambience, so the surrounds didn’t have a lot to do. That said, the imaging made sense for the story.
Sound quality seemed fine. Dialogue always appeared crisp and natural, and I had no trouble understanding it. The low-key music that acted as the score was warm and distinctive. Effects also seemed realistic and adequate for the tasks at hand. Valley won't be anyone's demo track, but it worked well for the series.
All eight episodes boast audio commentaries. Here’s what we find:
“Minimum Viable Product”: creator/exective producer/director Mike Judge and actor Thomas Middleditch.
“The Cap Table”: Judge, Middleditch and actors Zach Woods, TJ Miller and Martin Starr.
“Articles of Incorporation”: Judge, executive producer/writer/director Alec Berg and actor Kumail Nanjiani.
“Fiduciary Duties”: Woods, Miller, Nanjiani, Berg and Judge.
“Signaling Risk”: Middleditch, Woods, Miller, Nanjiani, Berg and Judge.
“Third Party Insourcing”: Middleditch, Woods, Miller, Nanjiani, Starr, Berg and Judge.
“Proof of Concept”: Middleditch and Judge.
“Optimal Tip-to-Tip”: Middleditch, Woods, Miller, Nanjiani, Starr, Berg and Judge.
During these chats, we learn about story/character areas, sets and locations, cast and performances, tech elements and deleted scenes. Though that list of subjects sounds thorough, the commentaries don’t tell us as much as it implies – but they give us enough to make them useful.
Really, the commentaries become enjoyable mostly due to the interaction of the participants, as they tend to make them fun. With so many actors present, we get decent notes about character traits and performances, and I like the details about altered/cut scenes. The tracks could be more informative, but they work reasonably well anyway.
A few featurettes follow. The Making of Silicon Valley goes for 12 minutes, 32 seconds and includes comments from Judge, Middleditch, Berg, Miller, Starr, Nanjiani, Woods, consulting producers Clay Tarver and Dan O’Keefe, executive producer Tom Lassally, production designer Richard Toyon and actors Josh Brener, Matt Ross and Amanda Crew. The piece covers the project’s origins, story/character areas, cast and performances and how the series displays the tech world. A few minor details emerge, but this usually gives us a promo piece.
TechCrunch: Disrupt! lasts three minutes, 42 seconds and features Berg, Toyon, Lassally, Crew, Judge, consultant Sam O’Keefe and art director LJ Houdyshell. The short gives us notes about the tech conference that appears at the season’s climax. It repeats some bits from “Making” but it comes with a couple of decent factoids.
Finally, The Hacker Hostel takes up six minutes, 18 seconds with a tour of the series’ main home set. Miller leads us through the house and gives us info about the different spots; Middleditch, Starr, Woods and Nanjiani pop up along the way as well. This never becomes especially informative but it can be fun.
With Silicon Valley, we get a low-key comedy about Internet tech. The series works pretty well, as it gives us a lot of subtle, satisfying humor. The Blu-ray offers solid visuals as well as decent audio and a few good bonus materials. Valley keeps us entertained across its eight episodes.