The Space Between Us appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. At all times, the image satisfied.
Sharpness worked well, as the movie always looked well-defined. No signs of softness cropped here, so the flick appeared concise and accurate. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and both edge haloes and print flaws remained absent.
To the surprise of no one, teal and orange dominated the film’s palette. When Gardner got to Earth, the palette opened up a little more, but not much, so the hues stayed restricted. Within these choices, the tones looked appropriate.
Blacks offered nice depth and density, while low-light shots seemed appealing. These boasted appropriate clarity and smoothness. I felt pleased with this high quality image.
Almost as good, the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack gave us a fairly engaging piece. As expected, space-based scenes offered the most involving audio, as these used rockets and the like to create exciting material.
A few other elements worked well, too, such as vehicles and Earth-related aircraft. All of these filled the room well and moved among the channels in a satisfying manner. Music brought good stereo presence as well, and quieter scenes demonstrated a nice sense of atmosphere.
Audio quality seemed positive, with speech that appeared concise and distinctive. Music was warm and full, while effects showed good reproduction. Those elements offered fine clarity with fine low-end response as well. The soundtrack fleshed out the film in an appropriate manner.
As we shift to extras, we find an audio commentary from director Peter Chelsom. He offers a running, screen-specific look at how he came to the project, story/characters/themes, cast and performances, sets and locations, cinematography and visual effects, influences, music and related domains.
Chelsom made a bad movie, but he recorded a terrific commentary. The director covers a nice array of subjects and does so in a lively, engaging manner. He turns this into a full and informative discussion.
A featurette called Love runs four minutes, 28 seconds. It offers notes from Chelsom, writer/producer Richard Barton Lewis and actors Gary Oldman, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, and Asa Butterfield. They discuss character and story areas in this completely promotional puff piece.
In addition to an Alternate Ending (3:01), we get five Deleted Scenes (13:44). The “Alternate Ending” finishes the movie on a limp, chatty note that seems wholly unsatisfying.
As for the five deleted scenes, they add little. The first – “Nathaniel’s Full Speech” – takes up almost half of the running time, and it’s a snore. The “Speech” segment of the final film already feels too long, so an extended version becomes even more tedious.
Two more add to the Nathaniel character in insubstantial ways as well, while the fourth shows an attack upon Gardner. The final clip features more of a conflict between Nathaniel and Kendra. The bit in which Gardner gets beaten up offers a little merit, but the others feel forgettable.
The disc opens with ads for Before I Fall, The Bye Bye Man, A Dog’s Purpose and The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. No trailer for Space shows up here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Space. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Sappy and silly, The Space Between Us embraces every cliché it can find. While a few elements threaten to prosper, the movie wallows in cheese and melodrama. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio as well as an excellent audio commentary. Maybe easily entertained teens will dig Space, but I can’t imagine it’ll work for anybody else.