The Glass Castle appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfactory presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.
Like most films of this sort, Castle gave us a palette that focused on amber and teal. Other hues appeared, but those dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive.
Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.
As for the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack of Castle, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion.
For instance, street scenes became a little more involving. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues.
Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of movie.
Four featurettes appear here, and these open with Memoir to Movie. In this 25-minute, 48-second piece, we hear from author Jeannette Walls, co-writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton, director of photography Brett Pawlak, production designer Sharon Seymour, costume designers Joy Hanae Lani Cretton and Mirren Gordon-Crozier, and actors Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Ella Anderson, Naomi Watts, Iain Armitage, Eden Grace Redfield, Chandler Head, Charlie Shotwell, Sarah Snook, Josh Caras and Olivia Kate Rice.
“Memoir” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, Cretton’s approach to the material, production design and costumes. At times it generates useful information, but a lot of it tends toward praise and happy talk.
We hear from the author during A Conversation with Jeanette Walls. It goes for 15 minutes, 24 seconds and gives the writer’s notes about her life and her book’s adaptation to the screen. Like “Memoir”, we find a smattering of insights but a lot of the time, “Conversation” feels like a promo piece.
Making of “Summer Storm” runs three minutes, 22 seconds and offers info from Destin Daniel Cretton and composer Joel P. West. They give us basics about the song and we see recording studio footage. It seems mildly interesting at best.
For the final featurette, we get the four-minute, six-second Scoring The Glass Castle. It features West and Destin Daniel Cretton as it looks at aspects of the film’s music. “Scoring” offers passable insights about this work.
Nine Deleted Scenes fill a total of nine minutes, 32 seconds. These tend toward brief character expansions, none of which add much to the parts or the narrative, though Rose Mary gets a little more focus than what we see in the final film.
The disc opens with ads for Wonder, The Big Sick, Tulip Fever, Room and The Choice. No trailer for Castle shows up here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Castle. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Taken from a real-life story, The Glass Castle musters convincing drama at times. However, it doesn’t explore its subjects in a full-blooded manner, so it tends to meander too much of the time. The Blu-ray comes with solid picture quality as well as acceptable audio and a handful of supplements. This turns into a decent but erratic experience.