Booksmart appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong transfer.
Sharpness looked very good. Only mild softness materialized, which meant a tight, well-defined image most of the time.
I witnessed no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. As expected, the film lacked any print flaws.
In terms of palette, Booksmart went with a fairly amber/orange sensibility, though it threw in some blues as well. Within the stylistic decisions, the hues seemed fine.
Blacks were deep and tight, and shadows looked smooth and clear. This turned into an appealing image.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it opted for a fairly standard “comedy mix” much of the time, though some elements opened up the action at times. Street moments and those with outrageous brought out some dimensionality, and the mix used music as a very active partner.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech seemed distinctive and concise, without roughness or brittleness.
Music was warm and full, as the movie used the songs and score in a bold manner. Effects showed good delineation and accuracy. This ended up as a satisfactory mix for a comedy.
Among extras, we locate an audio commentary from director Olivia Wilde. She provides a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, influences, and other production topics.
Lively and invested, Wilde brings us a fine look at the film. While she offers a lot of praise for cast/crew, she seems to do so from a genuine place, and she helps make this an informative chat.
Three Deleted Scenes span a total of four minutes, 42 seconds. We find “The Full Dance Fantasy” (1:55), “Miss Fine Talking to Herself” (1:12) and “Amy Distracting Cops” (1:35).
Of the three, “Dance” seems the least interesting, mainly because it does just extend the existing sequence. “Talking” and “Cops” add nothing crucial, but both amuse.
Three featurettes follow, and The Next “Best High School Comedy” fills 17 minutes, 47 seconds with notes from Wilde, writer Katie Silberman and Jessica Elbaum, production designer Katie Byron, executive producer Alex G. Scott, and actors Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, Molly Gordon, Eduardo Franco, Jason Sudeikis, Skyler Gisondo, Mason Gooding, Lisa Kudrow, Noah Galvin, Diana Silvers and Will Forte.
“Next” examines story/characters, influences, cast and performances, Wilde’s impact on the production, design choices, and a few scene specifics. “Next” includes some decent thoughts but a lot of it goes with happy talk.
Plies and Jazz Hands: The Dance Fantasy runs two minutes, 24 seconds and brings statements from Feldstein, Wilde, Gooding, and choreographer Denna Thomsen.
As expected, “Hands” covers the dance scene in question. It doesn’t tell us much.
Finally, Dressing Booksmart goes for two minutes, 41 seconds and offers remarks from Wilde and costume designer April Napier. Though brief, “Dressing” gives us a few useful notes about the movie’s costumes.
A Gallery presents 12 shots from the set. On one hand, I appreciate that Fox includes still galleries, as their peers rarely do so. On the other hand, these collections tend to be awfully brief and don’t give us much.
The disc opens with ads for Sorry to Bother You and Stuber. Sneak Peek adds a promo for Missing Link, and we also find the trailer for Booksmart.
A fresh, lively take on the teen comedy, Booksmart works pretty well. A few misfires occur but the movie usually connects. The Blu-ray brings positive picture and audio as well as a few bonus materials. Booksmart becomes an engaging tale.