Call Me By Your Name appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not a dazzling image, the presentation worked fine.
For the most part, sharpness seemed satisfying. The movie could take on an intentionally gauzy feel at times and come with some soft shots, but those failed to create substantial distractions.
I witnessed no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. The transfer also failed to display any specks, marks or other print flaws.
With its semi-dreamy tone, the palette opted for a light blue tone that seemed acceptable. While the colors never excelled, they seemed appropriate for the story.
Blacks came across as dark and tight, but shadows could be a bit on the dense side, with a few slightly opaque low-light shots. Again, this wasn’t a great-looking image, but it became more than acceptable.
In addition, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 seemed perfectly serviceable, with an emphasis on general ambience. No one expects a vivid soundscape from a character-oriented tale like this, so few fireworks emerged.
That said, the movie offered a decent sense of space, and a few scenes opened up a bit, such as those on the beach or in clubs. Music added reasonable stereo spread to become an adequate soundscape.
Audio quality worked fine, with speech that appeared natural and concise. Music showed warm, rich tones as well.
While rarely prominent, effects offered nice reproduction, as they remained accurate and tight. At no point did the soundtrack impress, but it satisfied.
A few extras flesh out the set, and we open with an audio commentary from actors Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, music and related domains.
While not a bad commentary, this never becomes an especially good track either. At times, Chalamet and Stuhlbarg offer some insights, but they often just praise aspects of the film. That makes this a spotty chat.
A featurette called Snapshots of Italy runs 10 minutes, 45 seconds and includes notes from Chalamet, Stuhlbarg, director Luca Guadagnino, and actor Armie Hammer.
“Snapshots” covers the movie’s development, the source novel and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, cinematography, locations, and the film’s impact. This becomes a decent overview with a few insights involved.
In Conversation lasts 25 minutes, 10 seconds and presents a panel with Chalamet, Stuhlbarg, Hammer and Guadagnino. They discuss the film’s ending, cast and performances, story and characters and locations.
The actors dominate, as the audience questions mostly head their way. That’s fine, as they offer a mix of good thoughts in this reasonably informative piece.
We also get a music video for Sufjan Stevens’ Oscar-nominated “Mystery of Love”. It’s a basic compilation of movie clips that seems pretty bland.
The disc opens with ads for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Novitiate, A Fantastic Woman, Happy End, Foxtrot and The Leisure Seeker. The set also provides the trailer for Name.
As a character drama, Call Me By Your Name fails to ignite. It lacks real movement or drive, so it seems too sluggish and bland to deliver the emotional impact it desires. The Blu-ray presents largely positive picture and audio as well as a few decent supplements. Name fails to find a groove.