Ticket to Paradise appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a wholly terrific presentation.
Sharpness worked fine. Virtually no softness materialized, so the film offered precise and spot-on delineation.
I saw no shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes failed to appear. As for source flaws, the image lacked specks, marks or other issues.
Colors appeared fine for the desired palette. Despite the tropical setting, the film opted for the usual amber and teal. The film didn’t overwhelm in this regard, so the hues seemed vivid and full.
Blacks looked dark and deep, and shadows were smooth. This became a nearly flawless image – it’s too bad Universal didn’t give the native 4K production a UHD disc release as well.
Though not great, I also felt positive about the pretty good DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Paradise. Given the nature of the story, environmental information dominated the mix.
These elements filled out the speakers in a fairly involving manner. The movie didn’t become a constant whiz-bang soundfield, but it created a decent sense of place, with occasional active moments like turbulence on a plane or boats on the ocean.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise. Effects depicted the elements with acceptable accuracy and boasted pleasing low-end when necessary.
Music showed positive clarity and range, and they also packed solid bass response at times. This was a perfectly positive mix for the material.
Four featurettes appear, and Return of the Dynamic Duo runs four minutes, 36 seconds. It offers comments from writer/director Ol Parker, producer Tim Bevan, and actors George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever, Maxime Bouttier, Billie Lourd and Lucas Bravo.
“Duo” covers the Roberts and Clooney pairing. A few basic production notes emerge but much of this offers praise for the leads.
Destination Wedding fills three minutes, 38 seconds and provides remarks from Parker, Dever, Lourd, Bevan, Roberts, supervising location manager Lauren Cooper and actor/cultural consultant Agung Pindha and property master Emma Rudkin.
With “Wedding”, we get notes about locations and production design as well as Balinese culture, props and costumes. Like “Duo”, it brings a handful of insights but largely feels fluffy.
Next comes Production in Paradise, a three-minute, 44-second reel with statements from Parker, Roberts, Clooney, Bevan, Cooper, Lourd, Dever and Bouttier.
Here we see the use of Australia to fill in for Bali. It lacks much real substance.
Keep a Straight Face lasts two minutes, 35 seconds and includes notes from Parker, Lourd, and Dever.
“Face” covers the Dever/Lourd pairing and how much fun they had. Don’t expect much from it.
The disc opens with an ad for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. No trailer for Paradise appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Paradise. It brings the same extras as the Blu-ray.
When Ticket to Paradise works, it does so entirely due to the combined charms of Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Unfortunately, they cannot elevate this fairly flat mix of romance, drama and comedy. The Blu-ray delivers excellent visuals as well as pretty good audio and a minor mix of bonus materials. Roberts and Clooney make the movie watchable but it never rises above that level.