Cook Off! appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with decent presentation.
Sharpness was acceptable. Wider shots tended to be a bit soft, but those instances weren’t extreme, so much of the flick offered appropriate clarity.
Shimmering and jaggies were absent and edge haloes seemed non-problematic. Print flaws were non-existent, as I detected no specks, marks or other blemishes.
The film offered a fairly natural palette, and the colors usually looked good. However, a few elements could appear a bit heavy, such as at a club. Overall the hues remained acceptable, though.
Blacks tended to be somewhat inky, but shadows showed reasonable smoothness. Nothing here did much to impress, but this was a decent presentation.
Don’t expect fireworks from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as we got a mix heavy on music and general environmental material. Some cooking and crowd scenes added a bit of involvement, but these remained unexceptional. This became a restricted track.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, and music demonstrated pretty good vivacity.
Effects did little to tax my system but they were clear and accurate enough. Overall, this ended up as a lackluster mix.
As for extras, we get a featurette called The Ultimate Food Fight. It runs 14 minutes, 27 seconds and includes comments from director/writer/actor Cathryn Michon and actors Jordan Black, Paul Willson, Cristine Rose, and Gary Anthony Williams.
The actors discuss their characters and experiences during the film. Michon gives us some background about the production and offers the most substance, whereas the others mostly veer toward fluff.
11 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 13 minutes, 16 seconds. These tend to provide more attempts at humor, though a couple also add some story/expository elements. Don’t expect amusement from them.
We also get three minutes, 10 seconds of Outtakes. All of these come from the sequence with Lars and the Solfest sisters in the hotel. Pretty much the same material appears during the end credits, so “Outtakes” feels redundant.
The disc opens with ads for They Came Together, How to Be a Latin Lover, Don Verdean and Killing Gunther. No trailer for Cook Off appears here.
When a movie sits on the shelf for a decade, there’s usually a good reason. Cook Off! boasts a good enough cast that it generates a couple of minor laughs, but most of it feels witless and disjointed. The Blu-ray provides mostly good picture and audio along with minor supplements. Despite ample comedic talent behind it, Cook Off! fizzles.