Florence Foster Jenkins appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer looked good.
Overall definition seemed positive. A few wider elements betrayed a sliver of softness, but the majority of 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 golden tones, with some teal 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 drama wouldn’t seem to be a candidate for a whiz-bang soundtrack, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Jenkins fell into expected realms. A few scenes – concerts, parties, street exteriors. – used the various channels in a positive manner. Usually the track remained oriented toward ambience, though, so don’t expect lots of sizzle from the mix.
Audio quality satisfied. Although didn’t get much score, the music was full and rich, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Speech – obviously an important factor here – appeared concise and crisp. Nothing here soared, but it all seemed positive.
The disc brings us a few extras, and these open with a featurette called ”Ours Is A Happy World”. In this five-minute, one-second piece, we hear from director Stephen Frears, screenwriter Nicholas Martin, and actors Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. The show offers an overview of story/characters. Don’t expect more than just a general summary in this forgettable piece.
Next comes The Music and Songs of Florence. It goes for four minutes, one second and features Streep, Helberg, Grant, musical director Terry Davies and composer Alexandre Desplat. The show brings us a look at the movie’s musical performances. It’s short but mildly informative.
During the three-minute, 43-second Designing the Look, we hear from costume designer Consolata Boyle, production designer Alan MacDonald. As implied by the title, this show looks at set and costume design. It’s too short to tell us much, but it adds some good nuggets.
From Script to Screen takes up four minutes, 18 seconds and includes info from Martin, Frears, Streep, Grant, Helberg, producer Michael Kuhn, and actors Nina Arianda and Rebecca Ferguson. The featurette gives us basics about characters and cast. It lacks much substance.
After this we head to the film’s world premiere. The reel lasts one minute, 58 seconds and shows the action on the red carpet. Programs like this tend to be snoozers – and that proves true for this forgettable clip.
A Q&A with Meryl Streep fills 16 minutes, 16 seconds and offers a public chat with the actor. She discusses her character and performance, costumes and music, and inspirations. While Streep presents a charming personality, we don’t learn much from this talk.
Live at Carnegie Hall occupies 10 minutes, nine seconds and presents comments from Carnegie Archives and Rose Museum director Gino Francesconi and documentarian Donald Collup. We get some history of Carnegie Hall, with an emphasis on Jenkins’ appearance there. Nothing exceptional appears here, but we get a smattering of interesting notes.
Four Deleted Scenes add up to six minutes, eight seconds. We find “Maestro Orlando!” (0:35), “Backstage Valkyries and Mrs. Vanderbilt” (1:09), “Running Errands with Biassy” (0:36) and “Queen of the Night” (3:48).
As implied by those running times, only “Queen” offers anything mildly extended. That doesn’t make it stimulating, though, as it just shows more of Florence at Carnegie Hall. We get enough of that in the final film, so “Queen” fails to add anything noteworthy.
The first two offer minor extensions to parts of the movie’s opening, while “Errands” lacks any obvious merit. All three seem pretty superfluous and forgettable.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Jenkins. It includes none of the Blu-ray’s extras.
As a view of an infamous no-talent, Florence Foster Jenkins avoids cynicism and mockery. Instead, it emphasizes its lead’s love of art and becomes a fairly sweet appreciation of this pure spirit. The Blu—ray brings us very good picture as long as acceptable audio and mostly mediocre supplements. Though not a great flick, Jenkins offers a likable experience.