Heaven Is For Real appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. For the most part, the image looked positive.
Sharpness usually seemed fine. Some wide shots displayed mild softness, but those instances remained minor. The majority of the flick offered pretty good clarity. No issues with jaggies or moiré effects occurred, and I witnessed no edge haloes. Print flaws failed to mar the presentation.
In terms of colors, Heaven went with a teal/orange feel. In particular, blues dominated and made this a stylized affair. I think the movie would’ve made more sense with a natural impression, but the hues worked fine within those limitations. Blacks seemed deep enough, and shadows showed good smoothness. This wasn’t a great image but it merited a “B”.
I didn’t anticipate a slambang DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack from Heaven, and the audio followed expectations. For the most part, the soundscape didn’t have much to do, as it tended toward general ambience. The scenes used the side and back speakers in a mildly engaging manner, and the track provided solid music from all the channels. These components didn’t bring a whole lot to the package, so this remained a laid-back mix.
Audio quality was satisfactory. Music sounded peppy and full, while effects were reasonably accurate and concise. Speech sounded natural and easily intelligible. Though nothing here impressed, the track was appropriate for the material.
Three featurettes pop up on the disc, and we begin with The Making of Heaven Is For Real. It runs 13 minutes, eight seconds and includes comments from writer/director Randall Wallace, producers TD Jakes and Joe Roth, Todd and Sonja Burpo, production designer Arv Grewal, Columbia Pictures Senior VP of Production DeVon Franklin, and actors Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale and Thomas Haden Church. “Making” covers the project’s origins and development, the photographic and narrative approach to the material, sets, locations, and production design, cast and performances, and themes. A few minor details emerge but mostly “Making” remains fluffy promotional material.
Colton Goes to Heaven lasts four minutes, 17 seconds and features Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo. They talk about their experiences that led to the movie. It’s good to hear a bit more from the real people behind the film, but we don’t learn anything insightful.
For the final featurette, we get the four-minute, 24-second Creating Heaven. It includes info from Wallace and visual effects supervisor Dan Levitan as they tell us how the film brought Colton’s vision of heaven to the screen. This becomes a short but informative piece.
Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of eight minutes, 23 seconds. In these, we get some extensions to existing sequences as well as a bit more exposition for supporting roles. These seem decent but don’t add much.
The disc opens with ads for When the Game Stands Tall, Moms’ Night Out, Courageous, Soul Surfer and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. These also appear under Previews. No trailer for Heaven shows up here.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Heaven. It features the deleted scenes and “Colton Goes to Heaven” but loses the other extras.
Despite a good cast, Heaven Is For Real doesn’t become better than TV movie fare. It comes with a one-sided, heavy-handed moral tale that lacks nuance or drama. The Blu-ray brings us fairly positive picture and audio as well as a handful of bonus materials. This ends up as a disappointing spiritual exploration.