The End of the Tour appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a good but not great transfer.
Sharpness looked mostly positive. A little softness cropped up during occasional wide shots, but the majority of the film was fairly accurate and distinctive. I witnessed no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. As expected, the film lacked any print flaws.
In terms of palette, Tour went with a fairly low-key palette, with a sense of blue or green much of the time. Within the stylistic choices, the hues seemed fine. Blacks were deep and tight, and shadows looked smooth and clear. Although the image didn’t dazzle, it seemed satisfactory.
The movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack suited the story. This meant the soundscape accentuated general atmosphere and not much else. The elements added a little breadth but not much. I can’t complain about that restricted focus, though, as this was a character piece that didn’t need sonic theatrics.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech seemed distinctive and concise, without roughness or brittleness. Music was warm and full, and effects came across as accurate. This ended up as a serviceable mix for a character tale.
As we shift to the disc’s extras, we launch with an audio commentary from director James Ponsoldt, writer David Margulies and actor Jason Segel. All three sit together to discuss the project’s roots and development, cast and performances, sets and locations, period details and costumes, music, editing, story/character concerns and related areas.
Expect a good commentary here. The three participants mesh well and cover a nice array of topics, all of which add to our understanding of the film and its creation. The track moves at a nice pace and becomes an informative and enjoyable listen.
Called Behind the Tour, a featurette runs 24 minutes, 41 seconds. It includes comments from Margulies, Ponsoldt, Segel, producers David Kanter, Matt De Ross and James Dahl, and actors Ron Livingston and Jesse Eisenberg. We learn about locations, cast and performances, preparation, period details, and challenges. “Behind” mostly acts as a production diary, and it works pretty well in that regard, as it gives us a decent look at the shoot.
Next comes A Conversation with Composer Danny Elfman. In this eight-minute, 24-second piece, Elfman discusses his career along with specifics about Tour. Elfman offers a succinct summary.
Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of seven minutes, 30 seconds. These offer either minor character additions – such as with Lipsky’s girlfriend – or small extensions to existing sequences. Nothing especially memorable arises.
The disc opens with ads for Amy, Mississippi Grind, American Ultra, Mr. Holmes and Room. No trailer for Tour appears here.
Parts of The End of the Tour work reasonably well, but too much of the movie seems vague and sluggish. Although it wants to be deep and insightful, instead it just comes across as lackluster. The Blu-ray offers reasonably positive picture and audio as well as supplements bolstered by a good audio commentary. Tour winds up as a bland character piece.