30 Minutes or Less appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Expect generally solid visuals here.
Only minor concerns affected sharpness, as occasional wide shots seemed a smidgen soft. Those didn’t create significant problems, though, as the majority of the movie appeared accurate and concise. I witnessed no signs of shimmering or jaggies, and no artifacts or processing seemed to mar the presentation. As one would expect of a brand-new movie, print flaws failed to appear.
Though most modern action movies prefer stylized colors – and that was the case for Zombieland - Less opted for pretty natural hues. These weren’t especially vibrant, but they seemed reasonably full and accurate. Blacks were deep and tight, while low-light shots delivered good clarity and definition. Overall this was a pleasing image.
Due to the “action” side of this action-comedy, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack offered a strong showing. Though the movie didn’t boast constant opportunities for excitement, it came with more than a few. The soundfield made good use of various car chases, explosions and gunfire. These popped up in logical locations all around the five channels and blended together well to form a lively, involving soundscape.
Audio quality was good, though the mix seemed a little off at times. In particular, louder action scenes tended to bury the dialogue. That was especially true during the post-robbery getaway, as I found it awfully hard to understand the lines; I understood the desire to accentuate the vehicular pyrotechnics but wasn’t happy that the speech got submerged as much as it did.
That wasn’t a major issue, though, and it failed to affect most of the movie. In general, dialogue seemed distinctive and natural, and other aspects of the track excelled. Music was peppy and dynamic, while effects seemed vivid and full. Low-end response really impressed when we got explosions or other loud elements; those rocked my subwoofer in a positive manner. This track didn’t work well enough for “A”-level consideration, but it deserved a firm “B+”.
When we move to extras, we launch with a video commentary from director Ruben Fleischer and actors Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. All five sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of cast and performances, sets and locations, improvisation, deleted and alternate scenes, stunts and action, and some other notes.
This commentary sounds promising but ends up as a snoozer. Most of the remarks simply talk about what’s funny and what was fun during the shoot. Though we get a few decent details, there’s not a lot of meat in this mediocre chat.
By the way, the video aspect of the commentary seems pretty dull. It just shows the five guys in the studio as they chat, so it adds little to nothing to the presentation.
Two featurettes follow. Within the 14-minute, eight-second Blowing Up with the Cast of 30 Minutes or Less, we hear from Fleischer, Eisenberg, Ansari, Swardson, McBride, editor Alan Baumgarten, executive producer Monica Levinson, producer Stuart Cornfeld, and actors Bianca Kajlick, Dilshad Vadsaria, and Michael Pena. We get a basic overview of actors and characters. It’s a pretty puffy and forgettable piece.
The Perfect Crime: Action and Comedy in 30 Minutes or Less runs 10 minutes, 58 seconds and includes notes from Ansari, Eisenberg, McBride, Fleischer, Vadsaria, Baumgarten, Swardson, Cornfeld, Levinson, and Kajlich. We get some notes about action and stunts. Though this one has more meat than “Cast”, it’s still largely promotional and it lacks much to elevate it beyond that level.
10 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 11 minutes, 40 seconds. Most of these offer some pretty minor gags or extensions of current sequences, but a few fun ones emerge. In particular, “Dwayne Finds Major Wounded” gives us a good alternate, and the “Vito’s Commercial” is a hoot. This isn’t a collection of scenes, but it gives us a decent package.
We also get six minutes, 14 seconds of Outtakes. This delivers a run of improv moments that provide alternate takes of various scenes. These are often pretty funny, such as Ansari’s riffs on awful ways to die.
The disc opens with ads for Colombiana, Attack the Block, and Straw Dogs. These also appear under Previews along with promos for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and Bucky Larson: Born to Be A Star. No trailer for Less shows up here.
Expect an inconsistent action-comedy from 30 Minutes or Less. It comes with more than a few enjoyable moments but drags a little too much to be a total winner. The Blu-ray offers solid picture and audio plus a decent set of supplements. The movie’s entertaining enough for a moderate recommendation, but don’t expect greatness from it.