I Love You Phillip Morris appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with an unexceptional presentation.
Sharpness felt adequate to good. Nothing here ever displayed impressive delineation, but the film showed acceptable accuracy.
No issues with jaggies or shimmering materialized, and grain seemed natural. I didn’t see any edge haloes, and source flaws remained absent, so no specks, marks or other concerns materialized.
With its various lavish settings, Morris arrived with an occasionally bubbly palette. However, most of the flick opted for dingy teal or yellow, hues that the Blu-ray replicated in a fairly appropriate manner.
Blacks were decent, while shadows tended to be fine. This was a less than exciting image, though it likely reproduced the source as intended.
While not exceptional, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Morris suited the material, so only occasional scenes used the surrounds in a dynamic way. Some prison elements broadened the spectrum, and the sequence in which Steven and Phillip’s letters filled their heads worked around the room well. Mostly the mix favored general ambience and music, and it displayed those in a perfectly adequate manner.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech consistently remained natural and distinctive, without edginess or other problems.
Music displayed nice range and clarity, while effects showed solid clarity and accuracy. This wasn’t an exceptional soundtrack, but it fit the movie.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The BD’s lossless audio added a little warmth and kick.
As for the visuals, the BD seemed better defined and showed superior colors. Though this never became an especially attractive presentation, it topped the blah DVD.
The Blu-ray repeats the DVD’s extras, and we open with an audio commentary from writers/directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, producers Andrew Lazar and Far Shariat, chief lighting technician Max Pomerleau and director of photography Xavier Perez Grobet. All of them sit together for this running, screen-specific look at script/story issues, facts and liberties, sets and locations, camerawork and visuals, cast and performances, editing/deleted scenes, and a few other topics.
Tracks with multiple participants sometimes flop because they’re too “busy”, but this one manages to balance the five speakers well. It comes with a light, fun tone that allows it to entertain while it informs. We get a good take on the production in this likable, interesting commentary.
The Making of I Love You Phillip Morris goes for 11 minutes, 52 seconds and includes remarks from Requa, Ficarra, and actors Rodrigo Santoro, Jim Carrey, Leslie Mann, and Ewan McGregor.
They cover the project’s roots, cast, characters and performances, and the directors’ work. Other than some shots from the set, we get little of interest in this promotional piece.
Seven Deleted Scenes fill a total of 16 minutes, 47 seconds. We find “Honey I’m Gay” (0:20), “Storm Sequence” (3:59), “Desk Montage” (0:48), “Gala Ball” (1:40), “Golf Tee Off” (0:49), “Jimmy Flashback” (8:19) and “Cleavon In Bunk” (0:51).
Some are interesting – “Golf” and “Bunk” are especially amusing – but virtually all seem superfluous, as they don’t do much to elaborate on themes already found in the final flick.
In particular, “Jimmy” seems redundant; the finished movie gives us a more concise, elegant take on the material it displays. Still, it’s interesting to check out the cut material.
The disc opens with ads for Good Hair, My Best Friend’s Girl, Mystery Team and The Winning Season. These appear under Also from Lionsgate, and the disc throws in three trailers for Morris as well.
Jim Carrey helps turn I Love You Phillip Morris into a generally entertaining flick. Some aspects of it fail to ignite, but it comes with an interesting story and a performance from Carrey that elevates it. The Blu-ray offers decent picture and audio plus a few supplements headlined by deleted scenes and a useful audio commentary. The quirky Morris merits a look.
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