The Wedding Ringer appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with an appealing image.
Sharpness seemed good. A handful of wider shots tended to be a little soft, but those examples weren’t intrusive so the majority of the film appeared pretty accurate and concise.
No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, Ringer veered toward an orange/amber vibe, with some blues as well. The hues felt fine given the choices made here.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this became a pretty strong presentation.
Though not as good, I felt pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Wedding Ringer. Most of the material landed on the environmental side of the street, as the movie lacked showy sequences to use the five channels in an active manner. Nonetheless, the soundfield managed to create a good sense of place.
Audio quality was positive. Speech came across as natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Music showed good range, and effects offered a nice sense of impact with reasonable punch and clarity. This was a positive soundtrack for the material.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The BD’s lossless audio showed greater range, though both came with similar soundscapes.
Visuals showed the usual format-related improvements. This meant the BD looked better defined and offered superior colors and blacks.
As we shift to the set’s extras, we find a select scenes audio commentary with writer/director Jeremy Garelick and actor Josh Gad. Both sit together to discuss story/character areas, cast and performances, editing, and a few other movie subjects.
The “select scenes” designation tells us Gad and Garelick won’t speak throughout the whole movie, and that caused some apprehension. The disc lacks an index/menu for their comments, so I feared I’d suffer through tons of dead air across the movie’s 101 minutes.
While occasional gaps do occur, I’d estimate the commentary covers at least 75 percent of the film and possibly more, so it frustrates less than I anticipated. It helps that Garelick and Gad form an entertaining pair.
They joke in fine fashion and make this an enjoyable chat as they discuss the movie. We don’t learn anything I’d call fascinating, but the piece includes enough information to make it worth a listen.
A featurette called Going to the Chapel of Love runs six minutes, 25 seconds and includes notes from Garelick, Gad, producer Will Packer, and actors Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Whitney Cummings, Ignacio Serricchio, Aaron Takahashi, Affion Crockett, and Colin Kane.
They tell stories about bad weddings they attended. It’s a cute piece but not one with much value.
The disc opens with ads for The Interview, Chappie, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 and Home Sweet Hell. No trailer for Ringer appears here.
Going into The Wedding Ringer, I can’t say I expected comedic greatness, but I thought I’d find something that at least qualified as competent. Instead, Ringer delivers a crass, cheap unfunny clunker from beginning to end. The Blu-ray offers good picture and audio plus a few supplements. Witness, crude and idiotic, Ringer fails in all ways.
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