The Adjustment Bureau appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with an excellent presentation.
Sharpness seemed solid. The film showed nice delineation, with nary a sliver of softness on display. Shimmering and jaggies weren’t an issue, and neither edge haloes nor print flaws created concerns.
As usual, the palette went with an orange and teal orientation. Tedious as these choices may be, the Blu-ray replicated them appropriately. Blacks appeared deep and dense, while shadows offered positive delineation. Everything about the image worked well.
Don’t expect fireworks from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. On the surface, Bureau would seem to be an action flick, but it’s really not, as it’s more of a love story with the occasional flourish.
This meant a mix heavy on music and general environmental material. When the track used the side or rear speakers, it was usually for score or material like street sounds or rain. Nothing memorable fleshed out the track, as it fit the movie reasonably well but didn’t add much.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, and the score demonstrated pretty good vivacity. Effects did little to tax my system but they were clear and accurate enough. Overall, this ended up as a good but unspectacular track.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? Audio seemed a bit fuller and peppier, and visuals showed much improvement, as they were tighter and cleaner. That step up in picture quality made the Blu-ray much better than the DVD.
The Blu—ray repeats the DVD’s extras, and we open with an audio commentary from writer/director George Nolfi. He provides a running, screen-specific look at the film’s development, story/adaptation topics, themes and tone, cast and performances, editing and music, effects, and other filmmaking areas.
Nolfi provides an efficient commentary. He gets into a good mix of appropriate topic and does so in an engaging way. He helps make this a strong chat.
Six Deleted and Extended Scenes run a total of six minutes, 54 seconds. These include “Henderson Patronizes Richardson” (0:49), “David and Charlie in the Car” (0:39), “Henderson Offering Help” (0:30), “Additional Thompson Dialogue” (1:29), “Extended Cedar Lake Dancing” (2:27), and “Thompson Tells David to Walk Away” (1:01).
“Lake” is easily the most boring of the bunch; it just shows more of Elise’s performance and does nothing to further the film. The two Henderson clips are fun, however, as they show the pressure that barely-seen character places on Richardson. The other two scenes simply add more from Thompson and they seem redundant, though we get some interesting thoughts about the Bureau’s influence from “Additional Dialogue”.
Three featurettes follow. Leaping Through New York lasts seven minutes, 36 seconds and offers remarks from Nolfi, producers Michael Hackett and Chris Moore, production designer Kevin Thompson, visual effects supervisor Mark Russell, and actors Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
As implied by the title, “Leaping” looks at shooting in New York and aspects of scenes set there. “Leaping” provides a quick but satisfying take on some of the challenges faced by the crew.
Destined to Be fills four minutes, 51 seconds with notes from Damon, Blunt, Nolfi, and actor Anthony Mackie. We hear about the lead cast and characters. This is little more than a promo reel that tells us about aspects of the movie.
Finally, Becoming Elise goes for seven minutes, eight seconds and features Blunt, Nolfi, Hackett, Damon, Moore, choreographer Benoit-Swan Pouffer, and producer Bill Carraro. The piece looks at Blunt’s training for the role and her performance. It provides a good take on the work Blunt did for the part.
Exclusive to the Blu-ray, The Labyrinth of Doors presents an “”interactive map of New York”. This presents 12 different “doors” you can choose, and when selected, each one shows you an image of the location.
“Doors” also allows you to view the movie scene connected to that domain or a quick view of the shoot. It turns into a surprisingly useless extra. I thought we’d get actual information about the locations, but other than the brief behind the scenes clips, we don’t find anything productive.