About My Father appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfactory presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. Nary a sliver of softness materialized in this tight image.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.
To the surprise of no one, Father emphasized the usual teal and amber. Within those parameters, the hues were positive.
Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.
As for the Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Father, much of the track remained fairly restrained, which seemed fine for a comedy like this. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, music showed nice spread and effects offered appealing breadth.
In that realm, we got ambience on streets or at clubs/restaurants. Nothing memorable came from the soundscape but it suited the story.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly positive soundtrack for this sort of movie.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we get three featurettes. One Big Happy Family runs 10 minutes, 53 seconds and brings notes from director Laura Terruso, writer/actor Sebastian Maniscalco, writer Austen Earle, father Salvo Maniscalco, and actors Robert De Niro, Kim Cattrall, David Rasche, Leslie Bibb, Anders Holm and Brett Dier.
“Family” covers the project’s roots and development, story/characters, cast and performances and Terruso’s work on the set. This becomes a pretty fluffy piece.
The Big Stage to the Big Screen lasts five minutes, 41 seconds. It offers remarks from Holm, Rasche, Bibb, Dier, De Niro, Sebastian Maniscalco, Earle, Terruso, Cattrall and Salvo Maniscalco.
This show discusses Sebastian Maniscalco’s shift to movies. Expect lots of praise and little else.
Finally, About My Look spans five minutes, 19 seconds. It presents info from Terruso, Earle, Dier, De Niro, Sebastian Maniscalco, Rasche, Cattrall, and production designer Javiera Varas.
“Look” discusses sets, locations and costumes. It remains fairly superficial.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Father. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
While it comes with some laughs, About My Father lacks originality. A good cast saves it but they can’t overcome the inherent staleness on display. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals and good audio along with minor bonus materials. Expect a mediocre comedy.