Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into a terrific visual presentation.
Sharpness always satisfied. Virtually no softness materialized along the way, so expect a tight image.
Neither moiré effects nor jagged edges became an issue, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to turn into a concern.
Colors leaned toward a subdued and “nostalgic” sense of amber and teal. The image kept these choices low-key and well-rendered.
Blacks felt deep and dense, while shadows appeared smooth and concise. The movie offered a top-notch picture.
Did a character piece like God need a Dolby Atmos soundtrack? Not really, but downcoverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the mix worked pretty well.
Unsurprisingly, general environmental information dominated. This created a nice sense of place, albeit one without a lot of ambition.
Still, we got a good feel for the settings, and the track delivered a fine connection to the locations. I couldn’t choose anything truly memorable, but I still thought the soundfield opened up matters in a more than reasonable way.
Audio quality worked fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Music offered nice range and lushness, while effects delivered appealing accuracy and punch. Again, this never turned into a sizzling track, but it worked well for the material.
A mix of extras appear, and we open with Finally That Time. The featurette spans 19 minutes, 55 seconds and involves writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig, producers James L. Brooks, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter and Julie Ansell, composer Hans Zimmer, and actors Kathy Bates, Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, Benny Safdie, Elle Graham, Katherine Kupferer, Amari Price, Simms May, Zackary Brooks, Jecobi Swain, Aidan Wojtak-Hissong, Landon Baxter, Echo Kellum, and Isol Young.
The program covers the source novel and its adaptation, story and characters, cast and performances, Craig’s impact on the flick, music, and some shoot specifics. The show mixes insights and happy talk to become a moderately informative but spotty piece.
Are You There, Margaret? It’s Me, Judy goes for eight minutes. As implied, we hear from Craig, Kellum, Fortson, Bates, Wojtak-Hissong, Amy Lorraine Brooks, McAdams, James L. Brooks, Ansell, and novelist Judy Blume.
Blume discusses aspects of her book and its adaptation for the screen. The others chime in praise, but at least the author manages to give us a few good notes.
Next comes The Secret Crew Club. It spans seven minutes, 58 seconds and delivers notes from Porter, Fortson, Young, Kupferer, Graham, Price, Swain, May, Zackary Brooks, Wojtak-Hissong, Baxter and James L. Brooks.
“Crew” looks at the youthful members of the cast. We find out how much fun they had in this superficial reel.
Bringing the Period to Life lasts 10 minutes, seven seconds. It offers info from Blume, Craig, James L. Brooks, Ansell, McAdams, Fortson, Kupferer, Graham, May, Swain, property master John Bankson, production designer Steve Saklad, and set decorator Selina M. van den Brink.
With this program, we learn about attempts to recreate the world of 1970. Though it leans fluffy at times, it comes with mostly solid informational value.
After this we get a Roundtable Discussion. It goes for six minutes, 12 seconds and features Blume, Craig, Fortson, McAdams, Ansell and James L. Brooks.
They talk about the novel’s path to the screen and aspects of the tale. I like the fact we see these principals all together, but the chat lacks much depth.
In addition to the film’s trailer. we finish with two Deleted Scenes that total a mere one minute, 35 seconds. In the first, Margaret and her grandma discuss boobs and bras, while in the second, Margaret frets about her lack of bosom. Both seem moderately interesting but not essential.
An adaptation of a classic novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret holds up well. It becomes a charming coming of age story that works even beyond its youthful target audience. The Blu-ray brings excellent visuals, appealing audio and a mix of bonus materials. This turns into a pretty delightful movie.