Bedtime Stories appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, the transfer satisfied.
Overall sharpness worked fine. A couple of slightly soft shots materialized, but these remained modest.
No signs of jaggies or moiré effects popped up, and edge enhancement stayed absent. Source flaws also failed to materialize.
With its fantastic tale, Stories boasted a bright, candy-colored palette much of the time. The hues looked excellent, as the film took good advantage of them and delivered dynamic colors.
Blacks were dark and firm, and shadows looked smooth and concise. Most of the image satisfied.
I also found satisfactory audio from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, though it seemed a bit less ambitious than I expected. Stories came with a lot of action/fantasy sequences, and those didn’t open up the spectrum as well as I anticipated.
Oh, they did okay in that regard, especially during the film’s third act. In particular, the science-fiction sequence showed nice range.
However, other scenes just weren’t all that engaging. For instance, the gumball shower focused on the front speakers and didn’t use the surrounds well even though that sequence seemed like one suited for five-channel material.
I thought the track created a good sense of place and action. I just didn’t feel it was as involving as it should’ve been.
No issues with audio quality emerged. Speech was always concise and crisp, and music showed nice range. The score provided good punch and filled out the track well.
Effects sounded tight and vivid, especially during the louder action-oriented scenes. This was a perfectly competent soundtrack.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio showed more range and impact, while visuals appeared tighter and more dynamic. This became a nice upgrade.
The Blu-ray repeats most of the DVD’s extras, and we find some featurettes. Until Gravity Do Us Part goes for four minutes and includes notes from visual effects supervisor John Andrew Berton, Jr. and fight choreographer Garrett Warren.
They cover the execution of the film’s big science-fiction sequence. Despite the featurette’s brevity, it proves to be tight and informative. It packs a lot of good info into its short running time.
During the five-minute, 24-second To All the Little People, we hear from director Adam Shankman and actors Laura Ann Kesling, Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Keri Russell, Russell Brand and Jonathan Morgan Heit.
“People” looks at the film’s lead child actors. Essentially we learn how cute and fun they are. A few decent shots from the set appear, but don’t expect much.
For info about the movie’s guinea pig, we go to It’s Bugsy. This one lasts three minutes, 42 seconds and includes Kesling, Heit, Cox, actor Teresa Palmer, and animal coordinator Steve Berens.
This acts as an animal version of “Little People”, so it throws out a few minor facts but mostly offers a fluffy look at its cute subject. Yawn!
Laughter Is Contagious goes for six minutes, 48 seconds and shows the usual mistakes and goofing around on the set. With Sandler and other comics involved, one might expect more improv laughs ala Jim Carrey’s outtakes, but for the most part, this is an ordinary collection of mistakes and giggles.
Under Cutting Room Floor, we get 12 deleted scenes that fill a total of 10 minutes, 25 seconds. Almost all of these extend existing sequences that don’t move along the plot.
We do get an alternate version of the “Broadway Musical” pitch, and “Magic Of Course” sets up the supernatural premise a little earlier. Nothing great appears here, but you’ll find a few laughs.
A few ads open the disc. We get clips for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, G-Force and Monsters Inc.
Sneak Peeks adds promos for Hannah Montana: The Movie, Morning Light and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. No trailer for Stories appears here.
The Blu-ray drops one extra from the DVD: a promo for the Blu-ray format. It was pretty worthless – and would seem even less useful on a Blu-ray, since clearly purchasers don’t need to be convinced of the format’s advantages.
As a family comedy, Bedtime Stories has its moments, but don’t expect greatness. The movie features an uneven mix of hits and misses that satisfies to a moderate degree but never quite catches fire. The Blu-ray provides good picture and audio but skimps on meaningful extras. This is decent family fare.
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