Emma. appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a fine transfer.
Overall definition seemed positive. Virtually no softness materialized, so the movie appeared accurate and concise.
I noticed no signs of jaggies or edge enhancement, and shimmering was absent. The film lacked print flaws and seemed clean.
Many period pieces opt for subdued palettes, and that was true here. The colors tended toward teal tones, with some amber and pink along for the ride as well. These appeared fine within the film’s stylistic choices.
Blacks seemed dark and tight, and shadows demonstrated good clarity. This added up to a satisfying presentation.
A character tale wouldn’t seem to be a candidate for a whiz-bang soundtrack, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Emma. fell into expected realms. The track oriented toward ambience, so don’t expect lots of sizzle from the mix.
General atmosphere came across pretty well, and music filled the speakers in an inviting manner. Nothing here seemed memorable, though.
Audio quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy.
Speech – obviously an important factor here – appeared concise and crisp. Nothing about the track soared, but it all seemed perfectly fine for the project.
A few extras appear here, and we open with an audio commentary from director Autumn de Wilde, screenwriter Eleanor Catton and director of photography Christopher Blauvelt. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, period details and attempts to accuracy, cast and performances, sets and locations, costumes and production design, music, photography, editing and related domains.
Expect a chatty, thorough and engaging commentary here. With de Wilde in the lead, we get a brisk discussion that touches on a nice variety of topics to become an informative track.
10 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 13 minutes, 24 seconds. As often occurs with cut footage, these tend to expand supporting roles. Most offer interesting material but none seem like the movie needed them – though it’s always fun to see more of Bill Nighy.
Dirty Old Man alert: although “Dressing Miss Woodhouse” lacks a lot of dramatic merit, it allows us a nice view of Anya Taylor-Joy in a sheer nightie. And I applaud that!
A Gag Reel runs 10 minutes, 53 seconds. That’s too long for a blooper collection, especially because this one tends toward the usual mistakes and laughter.
That said, I do like the glimpse of Taylor-Joy as she tries desperately to remain composed while a goose loudly honks in the background. Also, we get multiple uses of the “F”-word, a surprise given that the movie itself comes with a “PG” rating, especially since the commentary bleeps that form of profanity.
Three featurettes follow, and A Playful Tease goes for four minutes, 57 seconds. It includes notes from de Wilde, Taylor-Joy, and actors Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, and Callum Turner.
“Tease” looks at cast/performances as well as de Wilde’s approach to the material. It becomes a passable overview but nothing especially insightful.
The Autumn Gaze lasts four minutes, 46 seconds and features de Wilde, Taylor-Joy, Goth, O’Connor, Turner, Nighy, Flynn, production designer Kave Quinn and set decorator Stella Fox. We get more about de Wilde’s style as well as visual design choices in this moderately informative clip.
Finally, Crafting a Colorful World spans four minutes, 48 seconds and brings notes from de Wilde, Taylor-Joy, Flynn, Quinn, O’Connor, Fox, Turner, Nighy and Goth. This piece looks at costumes, locations and more design domains. It works as another reasonable overview.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Emma. It includes all the same extras except for “Gaze” and “World”.
Did the world need yet another Jane Austen adaptation? Perhaps not, but 2020’s Emma. manages to deliver a high-quality entry in that genre, one with charm and wit. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals as well as adequate audio and a decent mix of bonus materials. Austen fans should enjoy this fresh take on the tale.