Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Grandpa .5 used a variety of camera formats to capture its material, so the quality tended to be a bit messy.
In particular, the “hidden camera” bits left it with lackluster definition much of the time. Some shots displayed pretty good clarity, but quite a few seemed moderately soft and mushy. Interview shots created specifically for Grandpa .5 were concise and accurate.
Light signs of jaggies and shimmering appeared, and I saw mild edge haloes at times, perhaps due to attempts to bolster the sharpness of the original material. Outside of some light video artifacting in darker shots, source flaws failed to appear.
Colors went with natural tones. These consistently came across with reasonable clarity and vivacity. The hues never excelled, but they were perfectly adequate. The same went for the blacks, which seemed acceptably dark, and shadows. A few low-light sequences were somewhat thick, but these usually seemed to be fairly clear. I gave the image a “C“ because of the softness, but that appeared to reflect the source.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Grandpa .5, it proved satisfactory but don’t expect a stellar soundfield. Music provided much of the audio, as songs and score offered good stereo imaging. Otherwise general environmental information dominated. Since the movie came with so many interviews, not a lot of life emerged.
No problems with quality emerged. Speech was natural and concise, even when recorded in potentially problematic situations. Music sounded lush and full, while effects appeared clear and accurate. The audio seemed pretty mediocre, but it suited the film.
Grandpa .5 comes with exclusive extras, and we open with a Roundtable Interview. In this 12-minute, 26-second piece, we hear from director Jeff Tremaine, actor Johnny Knoxville and producer Spike Jonze. They discuss makeup effects, character development, performances, story/gag areas, and related elements. The participants give us a good look at various moviemaking issues in this informative piece.
Casting Billy goes for three minutes, 16 seconds and features Tremaine, Knoxville, and actor Jackson Nicoll. As expected, we find out about how the crew brought Nicoll to the movie. Despite the show’s brevity, it offers a solid overview.
Eight Deleted Scenes fill a total of 11 minutes, 28 seconds. These deliver notes from Knoxville and Tremaine as well as a mix of gags unused in the film. We don’t see anything that differs much from the content in Grandpa .5, but it’s good to hear some additional details.
We also find 13 minutes, 56 seconds of Outtakes. This offers mostly gag reel stuff, but some alternate bits also appear. That makes it more valuable than most collections of this sort.
Though the cover of Bad Grandpa .5 touts it as a “brand new movie”, in reality it just offers a brand new documentary. While this comes with plenty of outtakes, it doesn’t give us a new story, so fans who expect a narrative with more adventures will encounter disappointment. The Blu-ray provides mediocre picture and audio along with some interesting supplements. Grandpa .5 offers an enjoyable glimpse behind the scenes but I can’t recommend it due to price; it’s just too expensive for a glorified bonus disc.
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