Trainwreck appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a generally positive presentation.
Sharpness appeared acceptable but not great. Softness was never a major concern, but I thought the movie didn’t always display particularly good detail. The movie tended to be reasonably concise and that was about it. Moiré effects and jagged edges presented no concerns, and edge enhancement remained absent. Print flaws never caused distractions.
In terms of colors, the flick went with a subdued set of tones. Hues opted for the usual teal and orange, without much beyond that. Within those parameters, the tones looked fine. Blacks were dark and firm, while shadows appeared clear and well-developed. The image seemed generally good, but the slight softness made it a “B“.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it offered a functional effort and that was all. Of course, I didn’t expect a dazzling soundfield from this sort of drama/comedy, and I got exactly what I anticipated. In terms of effects, general ambience ruled the day.
Surround usage stayed limited; the back speakers gently fleshed out various settings but did little more than that. A few locations added some zip, and crowd scenes used the channels acceptably well. That was about the extent of the soundscape, though.
In those forward channels, the music provided nice stereo separation and opened up the mix reasonably well. There wasn’t a whole lot of activity or movement, but the effects conveyed a passable sense of space and place. The track functioned appropriately for the story.
Audio quality appeared fine. Dialogue was consistently warm and natural; I heard a little edginess at times but nothing serious. 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 the best part of the track, as the songs and score were pretty lively and full. This was a decent reproduction of the material.
The disc offers two cuts of Trainwreck. We find the theatrical release (2:04:45) as well as an unrated version (2:08:46).
With that extra four minutes, we find a handful of small additions to existing scenes. By my count, we get longer versions of six sequences, all of which add comedy bits. No exposition or character development comes from the new snippets.
Do these extensions improve the film? Not really. They can be enjoyable and funny, but they make the movie no better - or worse, for that matter. Whichever version you choose, the end result feels about the same.
Next we find an audio commentary from director Judd Apatow, writer/actor Amy Schumer and associate producer/Schumer’s sister Kate Caramele. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas and real-life influences, cast and performances, music, sets and locations, editing/deleted scenes and various anecdotes.
Though not deep, this becomes a satisfactory commentary. The participants cover a good array of topics and do so in a witty, engaging manner. I’d like to hear more about the real-life influences on the film and the Kim/Amy relationship, but I still find a lot to like in this track.
Like all Apatow movies, this one offers copious amounts of cut footage. We locate 17 Deleted Scenes (45:44) as well as 12 Extended/Alternate Scenes (49:06). Normally I’d specify the scenes/changes, but not when confronted with 29 sequences, so I’ll just summarize.
Across nearly 100 minutes of material, do we find any substantial changes? Yes, though only in the “Deleted Scenes” domain. The “Extended/Alternate” clips offer exactly what that implies: longer/different versions of existing sequences. Some comedy results, but most go on way past their expiration date. I’m glad we get to see them, but those bits get tiresome after a while.
The “Deleted Scenes” prove to be more enjoyable. We find a cameo from Ryan Phillippe as well as a moderately interesting coda. A few other reasonably substantial pieces appear as well. Given that the movie already runs too long, I can’t claim the movie should’ve included them, but they do become interesting.
With the two-minute, 21-second Secrets of the Wu, we see actors Method Man and Norman Lloyd talk about Method’s Wu Tang career. It’s an odd clip, as it plays like a deleted scene, but it clearly wouldn’t have fit the film. It provides mild entertainment.
For a glimpse of the movie within the movie, we go to The Dogwalker. It runs four minutes, nine seconds and offers a better view of the phony Marisa Tomei/Daniel Radcliffe flick glimpsed in Trainwreck. It’s a fun extra.
Two Gag Reels last a total of 12 minutes, 42 seconds. A few alternate lines appear, but mostly we find the standard goofs and giggles. That makes the reels less enjoyable than I’d like.
More unused material shows up under the two-part Line-O-Rama. Across eight minutes, 11 seconds, we locate a slew of alternate lines. Lots of amusing bits result.
A comedic featurette, Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport goes for nine minutes, 54 seconds and provides comments from Apatow and actors Tony Romo, LeBron James, Marv Albert and Kenny Mayne. This depicts Apatow as a ball-buster toward the athletes in the movie. It’s a one-joke reel but it can be fun.
A collection of segments, Behind the Scenes occupies a whopping one hour, 28 minutes and 40 seconds. It offers remarks from Apatow, Caramele, Schumer, James, choreographer Danielle Flora, production designer Kevin Thompson, dog owner Trudy Wisner, and actors Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Method Man, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, Amar’e Stoudemire, Randall Park, Daniel Radcliffe, and Jim Norton.
“Scenes” covers the project’s roots and development, story/character areas, cast and performances, choreography, sets and locations, S’nuff Magazine and The Dogwalker, and some scene specifics. “Scenes” doesn’t attempt to be a coherent documentary, but it digs into a variety of movie elements. Though it can be fluffy at times, it gives us a lot of fun details and covers various production elements well.
Lastly, the Trainwreck Comedy Tour takes us on the movie’s promotional jaunts. Six video snippets total 22 minutes, five seconds; we also get an audio-only “SiriusXM Town Hall”.
In these, we follow a stand-up tour that featured Schumer and other actors from the movie as well as Apatow. The tour acted to help promote the film as well as move tickets in its own right. It sounds like it would’ve been a good show, but these snippets tend to be pretty forgettable.
As for the XM chat, it goes for 53 minutes and features Apatow, Bayer, Schumer, Atell, Quinn and Mike Birbiglia. They take questions from an audience and discuss the movie. Nothing especially substantial results, but it’s a decent chat.
he disc opens with ads for The Gift, Pitch Perfect 2, Ted 2, Dope, Jurassic World and Furious 7. We also get the “red band” trailer for Trainwreck.
A second disc offers a DVD Copy of Trainwreck. It includes both cuts of the film as well as the commentary, two deleted scenes, “Line-O-Rama”, gag reel 1 and “Secrets of the Wu”.
Comedian Amy Schumer leaps to the big screen with Trainwreck, but the results seem inconsistent. While the movie provokes a mix of laughs, it bogs down too much of the time and also suffers from Schumer's lack of dramatic skills. The Blu-ray provides generally good picture and audio along with an extensive array of supplements. Trainwreck entertains but sputters a little too much.