The High Note appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie delivered a solid transfer.
Sharpness looked strong. Only a smidgen of softness interfered in some wider elements, as I thought this was usually a tight, concise image.
I witnessed no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. As expected, the film lacked any print flaws.
In terms of palette, Note went with a mix of orange, teal and amber. It didn’t overwhelm us with these choices, but they dominated. Within the stylistic choices, the hues seemed fine.
Blacks were deep and tight, and shadows looked smooth and clear. Everything about the image worked well.
Though not exceptional, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack suited the story. This meant the soundscape accentuated general atmosphere and not much else.
Music added breadth to the proceedings, though, as concert performances and other musical elements used the various channels in an engaging manner. The effects lacked much impact, but that wasn’t a surprise given the movie’s focus.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech seemed distinctive and concise, without roughness or brittleness.
Music was warm and full, and effects came across as accurate. This ended up as an appropriate mix for a character tale.
As we shift to extras, we find two featurettes. The Dream Team runs five minutes, 16 seconds and brings comments from director Nisha Ganatra, writer Flora Greeson, production designer Theresa Guleserian, costume designer Jenny Eagan, and actors Tracee Ellis Ross, Dakota Johnson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Zoe Chao, and Ice Cube.
“Team” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, music and costumes. This becomes a fairly fluffy promo piece.
Making a Legend spans four minutes, four seconds and offers a faux documentary that tells us about the “Grace Davis story”. It would’ve worked better as a real attempt at character backstory, but it’s basically another advertisement.
22 Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes occupy a total of 25 minutes, 48 seconds. All of these offer minor exposition or comedic beats. None of them add anything of note, but some seem amusing.
Finally, we find a music video for “Like I Do” by “David Cliff (Featuring Grace Davis)”. This takes the song from the movie’s climax and sets it to a mix of film clips and behind the scenes shots. It becomes a bland video.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Note. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
A romantic comedy set in the world of show business, The High Note fares best when it stays with love and laughs. The film’s narrative branches out into melodrama too often, though, and those moments make it sag. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals, appropriate audio and bonus materials headlined by a slew of cut footage. Though erratic, Note offers a moderately entertaining tale.