Battle of the Sexes appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The series’ visuals looked quite good.
The shows offered solid clarity. Only a smidgen of softness materialized, so definition was usually positive.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws failed to mar the presentation.
The film opted for a palette with a definite orange/amber tint as well as the usual teal. Within those parameters, the colors seemed fine.
Blacks were pretty deep and tight, while shadows appeared positive, with only a little opacity on occasion. Overall, the film provided appealing visuals.
The DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack suited the movie but won't win any awards. The soundstage appeared nicely broad at the appropriate times and could be moderately engulfing on occasion. It's a talky little film, so the focus was mainly up front, but the audio expanded when necessary.
This occurred mostly via music and environmental ambience – especially in terms of score and songs, as those used the various speakers well. Tennis matches and a few other sequences added some range as well.
Sound quality seemed fine. Dialogue always appeared crisp and natural, and I had no trouble understanding it. The score was warm and distinctive.
Effects also seemed realistic and adequate for the tasks at hand. Battle won't be anyone's demo track, but the mix worked well for the film.
A smattering of extras appear here, and we start with Raw Footage. “Billie Jean’s Grand Entrance” goes for two minutes, 17 seconds and offers silent film from the climax of the movie. It seems a little odd that we get no sound, but this becomes a moderately interesting reel anyway.
A more traditional featurette, Reigniting the Rivalry runs 18 minutes, 52 seconds. This show offers notes from Billie Jean King, directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, coach Lornie Kuhle, cinematographer Linus Sandgren, costume designer Mary Zophres, production designer Judy Becker, producers Christian Colson and Robert Graf, and actors Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman, Andrea Riseborough, Jessica McNamee, Austin Stowell, Fred Armisen, Bill Pullman, Eric Christian Olsen, Natalie Morales, Martha MacIsaac, and Elisabeth Shue.
“Rivalry” looks at story and characters, cast and performances, visual design and period details, costumes, sets, and connected domains. While “Rivalry” goes fluffy some of the time, it still manages to deliver a decent array of insights. I’d like more of the circa 1973 footage, though, as we only get a few glimpses.
Billie Jean King: In Her Own Words goes for 10 minutes, 30 seconds and offers the athlete’s memories of her career, with a focus on the period depicted in Battle. King brings us a nice encapsulation of the topics and adds useful background for the film’s material.
Under Galleries, we get two domains: “Unit Photography” (24 images) and “Set Design” (20). Neither stands out as great, though I do like the way “Set Design” lets us see details of the period recreations.
The disc opens with ads for Step, Gifted and Goodbye Christopher Robin. Sneak Peek adds a promo for The Mountain Between Us. No trailer for Battle appears here.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Battle. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
With a strong cast and an intriguing concept at play, Battle of the Sexes should become a winner. However, it commits to too many subjects and can’t flesh out the chosen topics in a deep manner. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio along with a few supplements. Battle offers a watchable overview but it doesn’t satisfy in full.