Endless Love appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the image looked strong.
Sharpness worked well. If any softness occurred, I didn’t see it, as the movie remained crisp and well-defined. I witnessed no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. No print flaws appeared either.
In terms of palette, Love went with a moderate emphasis on teal and orange. These didn’t overwhelm, but they seemed more obvious than I’d expect from a romance. Within their design parameters, the tones seemed positive. Blacks seemed dark and dense, while shadows showed smooth, clear visuals. I found a lot to like about this satisfying presentation.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Love, it provided an experience typical for character pieces such as this. For the most part, the soundscape didn’t have much to do, as it tended toward general ambience. Scenes on the road and at parties opened up matters a bit, as they used the side and back speakers in a mildly engaging manner, and the track provided solid music from all the channels. Nonetheless, these components didn’t bring a whole lot to the package, so this remained a laid-back mix.
Audio quality was satisfactory. Music sounded peppy and full, while effects were reasonably accurate and concise. Speech sounded natural and easily intelligible. Though nothing here impressed, the track was appropriate for the material.
Only a few extras show up here. We get an Extended Ending (2:36) as well as 19 Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes (29:45). In the “Ending”, it just adds a few seconds of footage from the same shots; no new story/character material emerges.
As for the other scenes, they tend to expand on existing themes and characters. We get a bit more of supporting roles as well as additional romance between the leads – a lot of additional romance, in fact. On their own, the scenes seem fine, but I suspect they would’ve felt redundant and/or slowed down the final film.
The Making of Endless Love lasts 17 minutes, 59 seconds and features director/co-writer Shana Feste, production designer Clay Griffith, producers Stephanie Savage, Scott Stuber, Pamela Abdy and Josh Schwartz, executive producer J. Miles Dale, and actors Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Dayo Okeniyi, Joely Richardson, Anna Enger, Bruce Greenwood, Robert Patrick and Rhys Wakefield. The show looks at the movie’s themes and story, cast, characters and performances, and Feste’s approach to the material. The program tends toward a fluffy feel, but it still gives us enough useful details to merit a look.
The disc opens with ads for Non-Stop, 47 Ronin, Better Living Through Chemistry, Best Man Holiday, Lone Survivor and Ride Along. No trailer for Endless Love appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Endless Love. It includes the “Making of” featurette but lacks the other materials.
I hoped Endless Love might give us something other than a standard romance, but it doesn’t. It delivers a one-dimensional, bland love story without much to rise it above a level of mediocrity. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals, suitable audio and a small set of bonus materials. Don’t expect much from this forgettable drama.