A Good Old Fashioned Orgy appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The movie offered a positive transfer.
Only minor issues affected sharpness. Occasional wide shots a little iffy, but those were infrequent. The majority of the film seemed accurate and concise. No problems with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. As for print flaws, I saw an occasional speck but nothing more than that.
As for the film’s palette, it went with natural tones. These consistently looked lively and vivid. Blacks appeared deep and firm, while shadows seemed clear and well-developed. I felt pretty pleased with this generally fine SD-DVD transfer.
Orgy provided a pretty low-key “comedy mix” with its Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Even when it went into bars or parties, the track stayed restrained. The mix tended to feel somewhat drab and without much pep. It contributed a decent sense of place but nothing more interesting.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was concise and natural, with no edginess or other distractions. Music showed acceptable clarity, while effects were clean and reasonably accurate. Again, there wasn’t much to make the track stand out, but it was adequate for its genre.
We get a mix of extras here. These launch with an audio commentary from writers/directors Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck and actor Jason Sudeikis. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of cast and performances, sets and locations, story/character areas and real-life influences, shooting on a low budget and short timeline, editing and deleted scenes, music and a few other areas.
At times, we get too much praise and banal comments. Nonetheless, the track usually works fairly well. Even with all the happy talk, we discover a nice array of notes, especially when we hear of the movie’s real-life influences. Though not a consistently strong piece, it’s worth a listen.
10 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 16 minutes, 20 seconds. A lot of these offer little extensions to existing sequences, and we also get a bit more character exposition, particularly in terms of the film’s female roles. Some of them allow the movie to make a bit more sense – like a discussion of potential dates – but nothing especially interesting arrives. Still, if you like the movie, you’ll want to give these a look.
Next comes a Gag Reel. It goes for four minutes, 56 seconds and shows the usual allotment of silliness. Actually, it includes more alternate footage than normal, so that makes it more interesting than the average blooper collection, but don’t expect anything special.
For a look behind the scene, we go to a featurette called How to Film An Orgy. It runs eight minutes, 27 seconds as it provides remarks from Gregory, Sudeikis, Huyck, and actors Lin Shaye, David Koechner, Lucy Punch, Tyler Labine, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, Angela Sarafyan, Martin Starr, Michelle Borth and Lindsay Sloane. “Film” gives us notes about the flick’s development, cast and performances, and some general thoughts about the shoot. This gives us a pretty fluffy piece, though some good footage from the set helps make it reasonably enjoyable.
The disc opens with ads for Driver, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and Hostel Part III. These also appear under Previews. No trailer for Orgy pops up here.
With an intriguing premise for a comedy and a solid cast, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy showed promise. Unfortunately, it did little with its concept and participants, so it ended up as a surprisingly mirthless affair. The DVD provides good picture and supplements along with average audio. Fans of “R”-rated comedy can do better than this forgettable flick.