Home Sweet Hell appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a satisfying transfer.
Sharpness remained positive. A smidgen of softness appeared in some wider shots, but those instances seemed minor. Instead, the image usually looked well-defined. No signs of jagged edges or shimmering appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws failed to mar the presentation.
Home went with a fairly vibrant palette. It could tend toward stylization at times – with some teals and yellows – but often went with a dynamic, lively set of hues that came across well. Blacks were deep and dense, while shadows looked smooth and clear. This was an appealing image.
Though not as good, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack seemed fine foe the material. The soundscape tended to be fairly low-key and focused on environmental areas. This meant some decent ambience – such as during a pool party or a thunderstorm – but nothing impressive occurred. The soundfield opened up the film in a moderate manner and that was about it.
Audio quality was positive. Speech seemed natural and distinctive, and music appeared rich and full. Effects didn’t have a lot to do, but they came across as accurate and dynamic. This remained a competent mix for this story.
Nine Deleted Scenes fill a total of 18 minutes, 22 seconds. One introduces the local police chief and other tangential characters earlier than in the final cut, and we spend more time with the lowlifes that stock Don and his family. A little exposition emerges, but most of the scenes seem forgettable. An extension to the ending offers the most value.
We also find six minutes, four seconds of Outtakes. This presents a fairly standard blooper reel, so if that works for you, have fun!
Next comes a Champagne Furniture and Rugs Commercial. The 43-second clip shows us a fake promo created for Don’s business. We see a little of this in the final film so it’s fun to view the whole thing.
Suburban Butchery: Making Home Sweet Hell runs 10 minutes, two seconds and includes comments from director Anthony Burns, producer Sean McKittrick, and actors Jordana Brewster, Patrick Wilson, Katherine Heigl, and Jim Belushi. We hear about story/characters, cast and performances, and related elements. A few minor insights appear but this mostly presents a promo piece.
The disc opens with ads for The Wedding Ringer, Predestination, 50 to 1, The Intruders and To Write Love on Her Arms. No trailer for Home appears here.
If a movie aspires to become a black comedy, it probably should produce some laughs. Unfortunately, Home Sweet Hell can’t muster much entertainment value, as it plods and sputters and meanders across its 98 minutes. The Blu-ray delivers very good picture as well as acceptable audio and some minor supplements. Though it boasts potential, Home mostly flops.