Friendsgiving appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a strong transfer.
Sharpness looked very good. Only mild softness materialized, which meant a tight, well-defined image most of the time.
I witnessed no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. As expected, the film lacked any print flaws.
In terms of palette, Friendsgiving went with a fairly amber sensibility, though it threw in some blues as well. Within the stylistic decisions, the hues seemed fine.
Blacks were deep and tight, and shadows looked smooth and clear. This turned into an appealing image.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it opted for a fairly standard “comedy mix” much of the time, though some elements opened up the action on occasion. Party moments and those with outrageous comedy brought out some dimensionality, and the mix used music as an active partner.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech seemed distinctive and concise, without roughness or brittleness.
Music was warm and full, as the movie used the songs and score in a bold manner. Effects showed good delineation and accuracy. This ended up as a satisfactory mix for a comedy.
A few extras appear here, and we find an audio commentary with writer/director Nicol Paone and producer/actor Malin Akerman. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, and connected domains.
Though it gets better as it goes, this feels like a mediocre commentary, mainly because we get an awful lot of happy talk. Real-life besties Paone and Akerman offer good chemistry, and they dig a little deeper into the production during the film’s second half, but this remains a track without tons of informational value.
Serving Up Insanity runs 13 minutes, 26 seconds and brings notes from Paone, Akerman, and actors Deon Cole, Kat Dennings, Chelsea Peretti, Aisha Tyler, Jack Donnelly, Jane Seymour and Ryan Hansen.
“Serving” looks at the project’s roots and development, story and characters, cast and performances, and Paone’s work. Expect a lot of happy talk and not much insightful content.
A Gag Reel spans four minutes, 35 seconds and offers the usual mix of goofs and giggles, along with a little improv material. Some of this already appears during the end credits.
The disc opens with ads for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and Guns Akimbo. No trailer for Friendsgiving appears here.
While Friendsgiving comes with the potential to provide a witty, insightful view of a relatable event, instead it goes for cheap laughs. It doesn’t succeed, as the end result feels obnoxious and idiotic. The Blu-ray brings good picture and audio along with a few bonus features. Even in the sparse genre of Thanksgiving movies, Friendsgiving doesn’t deserve your attention.