Alex & Me appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a surprisingly dull image.
Sharpness took a moderate hit, as a lot of the film seemed mildly soft. Though most of it displayed reasonable to good delineation, it could demonstrate mediocre delineation more often than expected.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to mar the proceedings.
Like sharpness, colors tended to appear flat. The movie went with a fairly natural palette that leaned toward the pale side of the street and failed to deliver vivid hues.
Blacks were reasonably dark, while shadows showed acceptable delineation. This turned into a wholly mediocre presentation.
Though not special, at least the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 offered more consistency. The soundscape favored music, as the score brought out a good sense of stereo presence that also spread to the surrounds in a moderate manner.
Effects boasted less involvement, but they gave us decent involvement at times. This mainly impacted soccer games and a few fantasy beats, so don’t expect a lot of activity.
Audio quality appeared satisfactory, with speech that came across as natural and distinctive. Music seemed full and rich, with nice low-end as well.
Though effects didn’t have a lot to do, they showed accurate reproduction and clarity. The movie offered adequate audio.
Minor extras flesh out the package, and we start with a featurette called Aspire to Inspire. It runs five minutes, 37 seconds and offers notes from writer/director Eric Champnella, producers Mike Karz and William Bindley, and actors Alex Morgan, Siena Agudong and Jim Klock.
As implied by the title, “Aspire” tells us we’ll achieve our goals if we work hard. Nothing more interesting than that occurs.
During the four-minute, 15-second Getting to Know Alex Morgan, we hear from Morgan, Agudong, Champnella, and Karz. Essentially this tells us that Morgan is terrific. Yawn.
Finally, Soccer, Script to Set: A Playbook on Alex & Me fills nine minutes, seven seconds and delivers material from Champnella, Morgan, Agudong, Bindley, and actors Chuti Tiu and Matt Cornett. “Playbook” brings us notes from the shoot, with an emphasis on how great everything and everyone was. It becomes another banal piece.
An Outtake goes for 45 seconds and shows a jokey version of a scene in which Reagan’s dad orders her to get into the car. It offers mild amusement.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Alex. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
A straight to video product with low production values and no real strengths, Alex & Me flops. It relies on its fantasy concept to carry it but the end result fizzles. The Blu-ray offers mediocre visuals and audio along with minor supplements. The film’s tween audience can do better than this cheap nonsense.