The Hollars appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfactory presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked consistently clean.
Like most films of this sort, Hollars gave us an amber-tinted palette. Other hues appeared, but the golden feel dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive. Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Hollars, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion. For instance, street scenes became a little more involving. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of movie.
When we shift to extras, we find an audio commentary with actor/director John Krasinski and actor Margo Martindale. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, music, cast and performances, sets and locations, and related topics.
Krasinski does most of the heavy lifting here, as Martindale adds little to the track. Not that Krasinski tells us a ton of value, but when we do find useful material, those notes invariably come from him.
Unfortunately, most of the commentary focuses on praise and happy talk. Both Krasinski and Martindale talk about how wonderful each other are, and we hear many plaudits for others as well. Krasinski still manages to produce a moderate number of decent details, but listeners need to wade through a lot of fluff to get to these.
A few video pieces follow. The Family Trust runs 17 minutes, 44 seconds and includes info from Krasinski, Martindale, producers Allyson Seegar and Tom Rice, and actors Anna Kendrick, Josh Groban, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, and Sharlto Copley.
“Trust” looks at the film’s development, story and characters, cast and performances, Krasinski’s work as director, locations and a few scene specifics. Like the commentary, “Trust” presents a smattering of useful notes, but a lot of it focuses on happy talk.
Persistent Vision lasts six minutes, three seconds and features Martindale, Rice, Seegar, Jenkins, Copley and Krasinski. The show focuses on Martindale’s career and aspects of her Hollars performance. I like the brief glimpse at her history but think “Vision” mainly acts as another excuse to praise the participants.
Finally, we get an LA Film Festival Q&A with Krasinski, Martindale and actor Anna Kendrick. In this 18-minute, 54-second piece, they discuss the film’s development, casting and performances, and some anecdotes. Much of this repeats from prior pieces, so it doesn’t add much fresh material.
The disc opens with ads for The Meddler, The Bronze, and Equity. We also get the trailer for Hollars.
A fairly trite family drama, The Hollars lacks real highs. While it boasts a fine cast, it comes with too much of a “been there, done that” vibe via the stale story and characters. The Blu-ray provides very good picture with acceptable audio and generally average supplements. Nothing about Hollars allows it to rise above mediocrity.