Daddy’s Home appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a generally good presentation.
Sharpness looked fine most of the time. Interiors occasionally seemed a little soft, but those weren’t a major concern, so the movie usually appeared well-defined. The image lacked moiré effects or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to materialize. Print flaws also didn’t show up in this clean presentation.
Like most modern comedies, Home opted for a palette with a mild teal and golden tint. Within those constraints, the colors seemed well-rendered. Blacks were dark and tight, and shadows were decent, though some interiors appeared a bit thick. Overall, the movie demonstrated pretty appealing visuals.
As for the movie’s DTS-X soundtrack – which downconverted to DTS-HD MA 7.1 on my system - it went with pretty typical fare for a comedy. Music spread to the side and rear channels, and occasional “action elements” – like skateboarding or a pro basketball game – opened up matters in a moderate manner. Nothing here really excelled, though, so don’t expect a particularly involving track.
Audio quality was fine. Music seemed full and vivid, and effects showed good replication; those elements demonstrated solid clarity and heft. Speech was always distinctive and concise. Again, this wasn’t a memorable soundtrack, but it suited the movie well enough.
When we move to extras, we start with The Making of Daddy’s Home. In this 11-minute, 54-second piece, we hear from producer Chris Henchy, director Sean Anders, and actors Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, and Linda Cardellini. We learn of the film’s development, story and characters, cast and performances, and Anders’ impact on the production. This becomes a general piece without much substance – and it includes spoilers, so don’t watch it unless you’ve already seen the movie.
A few more short featturettes follow. We get Daddy-Off (6:44), Daddy Daughter Dance (5:11), Halftime Stunt (8:55), Tony Hawk: Skater Double (4:02), Child’s Play (5:00), Hannibal Buress: The Perfect Houseguest (5:36) and “Blooper: Jeet Kune Do” (2:05). Across these, we get comments from Anders, Ferrell, Wahlberg, Henchy, Cardellini, stunt cheerleader Taryn Terrell, stunt coordinator Todd Bryant, property master Michael Sabo, skate doubles Tony Hawk and Mike McGill, and actors Owen Vaccaro, Bill Burr, Kobe Bryant, and Hannibal Buress.
The featurettes tend toward cast/character/story topics, stunts and scene specifics. We find a smattering of minor details but not a lot of concrete information.
Five Deleted and Extended Scenes take up a total of seven minutes, 38 seconds. We find “Car Ride Q&A” (2:32), “Have Fun” (1:09), “Pre-Dance” (1:19), “Motorcycle Brad” (1:32) and “Special Ops” (1:06).
These tend to add character exposition, which makes them more valuable than most deleted/extended scenes. We see the development of some relationships and find out more about the characters. Perhaps these would’ve made the final project drag, but I think they offer some useful material.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Home. It includes none of the Blu-ray’s extras.
Like 2010 predecessor The Other Guys, 2015’s Daddy’s Home manages a sporadic array of laughs. However, it sputters too much of the time and never lives up to its potential. The Blu-ray brings us mostly positive picture and audio along with minor supplements. Home offers mediocre comedy that doesn’t manage to ignite on a consistent basis.