Good News appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.37:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an excellent presentation, especially given the film’s age.
In terms of sharpness, the movie usually demonstrated nice delineation. A few shots seemed just a smidgen soft, but those issues occurred infrequently, so the majority of the flick looked concise and accurate.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering materialized, and no edge enhancement became apparent. Grain remained appropriate, and no specks, marks or other defects showed up at any time in this fresh presentation.
Colors were strong. I thought flesh tones were a bit on the brown side, but that was a reflection of Technicolor – and too much makeup. Otherwise, the hues tended to be vivid and full.
Blacks seemed deep and dense without too much heaviness. Shadow detail worked similarly well, as dimly-lit shots were appropriately clear and thick. I found little about which to complain here and thought the Blu-ray brought the movie to life in a positive manner.
The DTS-HD MA monaural audio of Good News appeared fine for its era. Speech was fine. The lines showed age-related thinness, but they were always perfectly intelligible and without edginess.
Effects became a minor aspect of the track, and they resembled the dialogue. Those elements lacked much depth but they were without notable problems.
Music was acceptable for its age, as the songs and score tended to be a bit tinny. There wasn’t much range to the music, but again, that stemmed from the limitations of the very old source. This became a perfectly adequate mix for its vintage.
A few extras appear, and we find a Deleted Musical Number. “An Easier Way” fills four minutes, 56 seconds and provides a scene in which Connie discusses ways to woo a man.
Apparently the sequence got the boot because it might slow the plot. I agree, as it provides a low-energy segment that doesn’t really go anywhere.
The 1947 Good News was the second filmed version of a 1927 stage production, and we find two excerpts from the 1930 movie. We encounter “Varsity Drag” (5:34) and “Good News” (4:44).
Although these make the 1930 film look terrible, it’s still fun to see these clips. It’s too bad this disc’s producers didn’t simply include the entire 1930 flick, though.
In addition to the movie’s trailer, we finish with an MGM Radio Promo. It goes for four minutes, 43 seconds and offers comments from actor June Allyson. She offers superficial comments, but this remains a decent archival clip.
As a mix of romance, comedy and tunes, Good News offers a breezy experience. I wouldn’t call it a good movie, but it manages passable entertainment across its short running time. The Blu-ray comes with excellent visuals, acceptable audio and a few bonus features. While I can’t claim I really enjoyed the flick, it remained a watchable piece of fluff.