The Happytime Murders appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a pleasant presentation.
Sharpness was always positive. Virtually no softness crept into any shots, so the image remained tight and well-defined at all times.
I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
Happytime went with a teal-influenced palette that sprinkled in a fair amount of amber as well. Within the movie’s color design, the tones seemed solid.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently satisfying image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix of Happytime, it showed scope generally typical of the comedy soundfield. That said, the film’s action orientation occasionally allowed it to open up in a satisfying manner.
These added a lot of immersiveness, as did a few other exteriors, but those instances remained somewhat infrequent. The mix did use the score in a broad, engaging manner, though, and the whole package fit together smoothly.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Again, nothing about the mix dazzled, but it suited the story and kicked into high gear when necessary.
We get a mix of extras, and these start with an audio commentary from director Brian Henson and actor Bill Barretta. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing, and effects/puppetry.
In the track’s early stages, we get some decent insights about the technical challenges involved with the film as well as alternate/cut sequences. However, Henson and Barretta often do little more than praise the film and laugh. Those moments get more dominant as the movie proceeds and make this a fairly mediocre chat.
Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of 14 minutes, 24 seconds. Some of these offer basic extensions to existing sequences, but we get a bit more action, character information and exposition. Don’t expect any actual comedy, but fans of the film may enjoy the added nuggets.
More cut footage shows up under Line-O-Rama, a two-minute, 35-second compilation. It provides alternate lines for a few scenes. None seem especially memorable.
A Gag Reel goes for two minutes, 47 seconds. It mainly focuses on the puppet performers, and that makes it more interesting than the usual blooper collection.
With Virtual Environments, we find a two-minute, 15-second piece. It shows raw footage from the green-screen set before/after the addition of location visuals. I’d prefer it to come with commentary, but it still gives us a decent look at the production conditions.
Avatar Demo runs two minutes, 45 seconds and features VFX supervisor Sam Nicholson. It gives us a quick but informative look at the way the filmmakers brought the puppets to life.
Finally, VFX Breakdown lasts four minutes, eight seconds and provides the expected view of various visual effects. Like “Environments”, I’d prefer something with commentary, but it still brings a decent glimpse of the different stages.
The disc opens with ads for Mile 22, Papillon (2018), BlacKkKlansman, Operation Finale, Peppermint and Destination Wedding. We also find two trailers for Happytime.
A talented cast goes to waste in The Happytime Murders, a tacky enterprise. Instead of wit and cleverness, we get little more than cheap, smutty gags. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals along with satisfying audio and a decent collection of bonus materials. Despite comedic potential, Happytime stinks.