Happy Gilmore appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a decent but unexceptional transfer.
Sharpness looked fine. A bit of softness crept into a few shots, but not enough to really mar the movie. The flick consistently showed fairly good definition and delineation. Jagged edges and shimmering were no problem, but I saw some mild edge haloes. A smattering of specks crept into the presentation at times, but it usually remained fairly clean.
Colors worked reasonably well. The flick went with a natural palette, and aided by a lot of exterior daylight shots, these were usually peppy enough, though they could be a little messy at times. Black levels also appeared deep and rich, while shadow detail was appropriately opaque but not too thick. The image lacked consistency but it was satisfactory overall.
As usual for a comedy, not a lot of activity marked the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. The most exciting moments occurred during the golf sequences. For example, Happy’s drives flew toward the back in a strong manner.
Otherwise, the movie mostly stayed with general ambience. It showed a good sense of environment and displayed the material well. Outside of the drives, not much popped up in the surrounds, but they reinforced the action.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music seemed nicely bright and vibrant and also demonstrated nice bass response. Overall, the audio worked fine for the movie, but due to its lack of atmospheric ambition, I felt it merited only a “B”.
How did the Blu-ray compare with those of the 2004 DVD? Audio was a little peppier, and visuals showed a bit better definition and clarity. The Blu-ray didn’t blow away the DVD, but it demonstrated improvements.
Except for text production notes, the DVD’s extras repeat here. The main attraction comes from a collection of deleted scenes.
These last a total of 18 minutes and 36 seconds and consist mostly of small excised tidbits. We get a little more exposition and a couple of fairly substantial scenes appear. In one, we see Happy try unsuccessfully to fire his caddy, and another shows Gilmore on a date with Virginia.
Some of the clips probably should have stayed in the film. For one, we actually get a payoff for the Ben Stiller character; he never receives his comeuppance in the theatrical version. A couple of the expository pieces also allow the tale to make a little more sense. All in all, we get a nice set of scenes.
We also find a five-minute and seven-second set of outtakes. Billu Madison included some interesting elements in its blooper reel, but this one’s just the standard silliness.
I don’t think Happy Gilmore stands as Adam Sandler’s best flick, but it presents more than a few good moments. It enjoys a cool concept and some amusing gags to become generally likable, though not exceptional. The Blu-ray provides fairly good picture and audio along with minor bonus features. The disc gives us an ordinary presentation for a decent movie.
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