Grsndma appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a pleasing presentation.
Sharpness was usually strong. Most of the film looked concise, but some light softness occasionally crept into a few wide shots. This wasn’t a big deal, though, so the majority of the presentation remained well-defined. No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained minor. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, Grandma went with a palette that favored a cool golden tone, though it opted for teal during nighttime scenes. Within those parameters, the colors appeared pretty clear and concise. Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. All of this left us with a “B+” transfer.
One shouldn’t expect much from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundscape, as it remained decidedly low-key. From start to finish, the track seemed modest in scope. Music showed good stereo imaging, and effects used the side and rear speakers in a gentle manner. Not much occurred in this regard, though, so the mix seemed rather restricted. Elements like vehicles popped up from the back, as did a bit of additional ambience, but the mix stayed restrained.
Audio quality was fine. Speech sounded natural and distinctive, without edginess or other issues. Music sounded peppy and warm. Effects had little to do but were clean and accurate. This was an acceptable track for a chatty character movie.
The Blu-ray supplies a smattering of extras, and these open with an audio commentary from writer/director Paul Weitz and actors Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott and Julia Garner. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story, script and characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, and other production elements.
Don’t expect a lot of insight from this commentary. We get occasional nuggets but much of the track sticks with basic praise for the film and all involved. I think there’s enough worthwhile content for fans to screen the discussion, but they shouldn’t anticipate a great chat.
During the 25-minute, 15-second A Family Portrait, we hear from Weitz, Tomlin, Garner, Elliott, producers Andrew Miano and Terry Dougas, and actor Judy Greer. We learn about story/characters, cast and performances, and aspects of the shoot. Although we find a few interesting tidbits, much of “Portrait” seems rather fluffy, so expect more praise than information.
We also get a Q&A with Weitz, Tomlin and Elliott. It lasts 20 minutes, 58 seconds and covers script/story/character domains, actors and performances, themes and aspects of the production. The Q&A repeats some material from elsewhere on the disc but it adds a collection of new insights.
The disc opens with ads for Infinitely Polar Bear, Irrational Man, Truth, The Lady in the Van, Hello, My Name Is Doris and The Diary of a Teenage Girl. We also find the trailer for Grandma.
Given the talent involved, I hoped Grandma would become an interesting character journey. Unfortunately, it tends to seem one-note never develops much of interest. The Blu-ray brings us very good picture as well as acceptable audio and a few bonus materials. I want to like Grandma but the end result leaves me cold.