Casa de mi Padre appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Nothing about the image dazzled, but it looked fine.
Sharpness was usually strong. Occasional wide shots came across as a bit soft, but those instances remained rare. The majority of the flick appeared well-defined and distinctive. No concerns with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Print flaws created no distractions in this clean presentation.
Colors tended toward a golden tone. A few other tones appeared – such as deep reds in a bar sequence - but the vast majority of the flick opted for an amber tint. Within those stylistic constraints, the movie delivered clear, full tones. Blacks were dark and dense, while shadows seemed clear and distinctive. All of this was good enough for a “B+”.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it provided a fairly low-key affair. The soundscape usually focused on the front speakers, where we got nice stereo music as well as some decent environmental material. The back speakers tended to reinforce the front channels and didn’t often add much of their own; we got occasional unique elements in the rear but not much to make them active participants. A dream sequence probably delivered the most dynamic use of the various channels.
Audio quality seemed positive. Music was warm and full, and effects showed clear, accurate reproduction. Speech was consistently natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. This was a decent but unmemorable mix.
When we shift to the set’s extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Matt Piedmont, writer/producer Andrew Steele and actor Will Ferrell. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at inspirations and influences, music, cast and performances, challenges of shooting in Spanish, sets and locations, intentionally-cheap production design and continuity, photography, and a few other areas.
I worried this would just be a lot of joking, and some of that occurs. However, the participants still manage to deliver a reasonable amount of info about the production. While the track never becomes especially fascinating, it includes enough useful material to make it worth a listen.
10 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 19 minutes, 43 seconds. Virtually all of these concentrate on secondary characters and additional exposition. Given the borderline extraneous nature of the film’s plot, they seem unnecessary. While they might’ve added to our understanding of the movie’s tale, they would’ve done nothing to make the flick more interesting, as narrative remains unimportant. Fans may find some humor in them, though.
A featurette called The Making of Casa de mi Padre goes for 15 minutes, 43 seconds and provides notes from Ferrell and actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Adrian Martinez, Efren Ramirez, and Genesis Rodriguez. The show covers the project’s roots and concept, Piedmont’s work during the shoot, story and characters, cast and performances, working in Spanish, and some other topics. Ferrell gets in some funny moments and we find a smattering of good details in this fairly enjoyable program.
Next comes a Music Video for “Fight for Love” by Will Ferrell and Genesis Rodriguez. Some of this footage appears in the film, so the video doesn’t deliver much to make it new.
Pedro Armendariz’s Final Interview lasts three minutes, 37 seconds. Here the late actor discusses his character, his co-stars, and aspects of the shoot. This is one of the worst-recorded video pieces ever – wind nearly ruins the audio – but it’s an enjoyable little chat.
We also find three Comerciales. These come for “Champion 100s”, “Scorpion Beer” and “Suave Leopardo Cigarettes”. These give us cheesy 1970s-style fake ads for various products. They’re mildly amusing.
A few ads open the disc. We get clips for Safe, Friends with Kids, Saving Private Perez, Everything Must Go and Man on a Ledge. These show up under Also from Lionsgate as well, but no trailer for Casa appears.
As a quick comedy sketch, Casa de mi Padre would’ve amused. As a feature-length film, it bores. The movie attempts to exploit the same easy joke from beginning to end and lacks the cleverness and wit to make it entertaining for more than its first five minutes or so. The Blu-ray provides very good visuals, acceptable audio and reasonably useful supplements. Even diehard Will Ferrell fans will probably find it tough to endure this slow, self-indulgent snoozer.