Are You Here appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a consistently pleasing presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.
Like most films of this sort, Are You Here gave us an amber-tinted palette. Other hues appeared, but the golden feel dominated. 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 TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack of Are You Here, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion. For instance, street scenes became a little more involving. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.
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 satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of movie.
The Blu-ray provides an audio commentary from writer/director Matthew Weiner, editor Christopher Gay and cinematographer Christopher Manley. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific discussion of story/character areas, sets and locations, cinematography and production design, editing, cast and performances, music, and related subjects.
Weiner dominates this chat – for good and bad. On the positive side, he gives us a fair number of details about the film. On the negative side, he tends to offer “annotated narration” of the movie, as he often does little more than explain what we see; that results in some character/thematic insights but not enough to prevent dull spots. Overall, this ends up as an inconsistent but occasionally useful piece.
The disc opens with an ad for Fading Gigolo. We also get a trailer for Are You Here.
Despite a surfeit of skilled participants, Are You Here turns into a tedious bore. The movie suffers from superficial characters, cliché dialogue and actors who never find the need to leave their comfort zones. The Blu-ray brings us good picture and audio as well as a spotty commentary. Don’t let the big names involved in Here seduce you; stay far away from this tedious clunker.