The Show appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a largely strong image.
Overall sharpness worked well. A few interiors looked a smidgen on the soft side, but those remained in the minority, so most of the flick appeared tight and well-defined. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and both edge haloes and print flaws remained absent.
Inevitably, The Show went with a palette of orange and teal, as those tones dominated the presentation. Predictable as the colors tended to be, the Blu-ray rendered them in an appropriate manner.
Blacks looked dark and deep, while shadows seemed smooth and concise. I felt pleased with this high-quality presentation.
The Show came with a low-key DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as most of the mix concentrated on subdued environmental information. The track added a little involvement but failed to use the speakers in a particularly involving manner.
Audio quality worked well. Speech seemed concise and distinctive, while effects appeared accurate and natural. Music was warm and full. The lack of sonic ambition left this as a “B-“ mix.
Minor extras fill out the disc, and we find Making The Show, a 12-minute, 42-second featurette with comments from director/actor Giancarlo Esposito, producer Michael Klein, and actors Josh Duhamel, Sarah Wayne Callies, Famke Janssen, and Caitlin FitzGerald. “Making” looks at story/characters as well as cast and performances and Esposito’s work as director. It’s pretty superficial promo stuff.
Cast/Crew Interviews breaks into six segments. We hear from Esposito (3:39), Duhamel (2:40), Janssen (3:19), Callies (3:38), FitzGerald (2:53) and Klein (2:25).
These snippets use the same sessions found in “Making”, a fact that renders the prior featurette largely moot – if you watch both, you’ll see a lot of repeated remarks. This means we get similar topics, and without much more depth. The interviews remain lackluster.
The disc opens with ads for Unlocked, Black Butterfly, Aftermath, Extortion and Misconduct. We also get a trailer for The Show.
As a satire of reality TV, The Show comes with the potential to deliver biting social commentary. Unfortunately, the movie meanders across too many paths and loses any logic or consistency as it goes. The Blu-ray offers very good picture along with decent audio and some minor supplements. Despite a few intriguing notions, The Show lacks punch.