The Vow appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie came with a good but not great transfer.
Sharpness was usually positive, though not in a sparkling way. The movie managed to display pretty solid definition; it just seemed a bit loose at times, especially in interiors, and it failed to display the clarity expected of the better Blu-rays. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Hospital interiors favored the usual chilly blue, but otherwise, slightly amber ruled the day. Across the board, the hues looked positive. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. The mild softness made this a “B”.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Vow seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most romantic dramas, the movie featured a limited soundfield that favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, like at parties or bars; those sequences boasted lively music. However, most of the movie stayed with the limited imaging expected from a romance.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B“ but didn’t particularly impress.
As we shift to supplements, we open with an audio commentary from director Michael Sucsy. He provides a running, screen-specific discussion of story and characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, music, stunts and effects, inspirations and influences, visual design and cinematography, and a few other production areas.
From start to finish, Sucsy delivers a pretty terrific track. He covers all the appropriate filmmaking subjects and does so with charm and good humor. I kind of wish I liked his movie more than I do, as Sucsy seems like a nice guy. Well, at least I can praise his high-quality commentary!
Four Deleted Scenes go for five minutes, 56 seconds. These include “Leo and Paige at a Concert”, “Friends Introduce Leo to Lina”, “Leo Talks About Paige with Rita” and “Leo Gets Advice”. With “Concert”, we see a bit more of pre-accident Paige, while “Lina” shows Leo’s friends’ attempts to get him to move on and date someone else. “Talks” offers more interaction between Leo and Paige’s mom, and “Advice” is just a quick bit in which Leo’s told he needs to be more of a caveman with Paige. All but “Talks” are superfluous; “Talks” is a little long, but it helps humanize at least one of the movie’s “bad guys”, so it might’ve been a decent addition to the film.
Three featurettes follow. ’Til Death Do They Part goes for eight minutes, 15 seconds and delivers info from Sucsy, producers Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman, Alzheimer’s Prevention Program author Dr. Gary W. Small, production designer Kalina Ivanov, and actor Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, and Sam Neill. “Part” looks at the real-life incident that inspired the film as well as story/character areas, cast and performances, and set design. “Part” provides pretty basic “making of” material. It’s nothing great, but it moves quickly and offers a decent overview.
Profiles of Love: Paige and Leo fills nine minutes, 59 seconds with comments from Tatum, Glickman, Sucsy, and McAdams. “Profiles” examines cast, characters and performances. It tends toward fluff, so don’t expect much from it – unless you just like to hear how wonderful McAdams and Tatum are.
Finally, Trying to Remember occupies 10 minutes, 10 seconds and features Sucsy, McAdams, Small, and Tatum. “Remember” acts as a companion to “Profiles”, as it mainly focuses on aspects of the movie’s main characters. Small throws out a few facts about brain injuries, but those are buried in this superficial – and disappointing – piece. I hoped to learn more about the real-life couple who inspired Paige and Leo, but it’s just another promo program.
A Gag Reel runs three minutes, 10 seconds. It shows us a standard assortment of screw-ups and laughs. If that’s your thing, you’ll enjoy it.
The disc opens with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Tonight You’re Mine and The Artist. These also appear under Previews along with clips for Damsels in Distress and The Woman in Black. No trailer for Vow shows up here.
A second disc provides a DVD Copy of The Vow. This delivers a retail version of the release, which makes it more valuable than some “bonus DVDs”.
With a good cast and an interesting basic story, I thought The Vow could rise above its romantic drama roots. Unfortunately, it does little to live up to its promise and simply meanders along without much direction or life. The Blu-ray delivers fairly good picture and audio along with supplements that vary from a solid commentary to a series of bland featurettes. This is a reasonably positive Blu-ray for a mediocre movie.