The Incredible Burt Wonderstone appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Though not killer, this was usually a satisfying presentation.
The film delivered good clarity. A few shots seemed a bit on the soft side, but those were mild. Most of the film looked concise and well-defined, however. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked appealing.
While the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Wondersyone seemed fine, it didn’t excel due to a lack of ambition, which was a bit surprising given all the magic scenes. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, but not with much frequency. This meant that most of the movie stayed with restricted imaging, though that was fine, as it didn’t need much to fit the story.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
When we shift to extras, Steve Gray UNCUT goes for eight minutes, 33 seconds. This essentially acts as a collection of extended scenes; we see additional pieces for many of the Gray sequences. While there’s not a ton of unused footage, it’s still good to view.
A featurette called Making Movie Magic with David Copperfield lasts eight minutes, three seconds as it provides the illusionist’s take on various aspects of the movie. He discusses the Hangman trick, his deleted cameos and some other elements. It’s too bad he doesn’t explain how they did the Hangman bit, but he gives us an enjoyable chat.
Next comes a Gag Reel. In this four-minute, eight-second piece, we get some of the usual goofs/giggles, but we also find a bunch of alternate lines. That makes it worthwhile.
Finally, we get 15 Deleted Scenes and Alternate Takes. These occupy a total of 26 minutes, 23 seconds as they show additional gags and comedic bits. A few minor plot points appear – such as Burt’s visit to Anton after their break-up and Doug’s initial choice for his new headliner – but mostly we see added jokes. These tend to be enjoyable, so this becomes a nice collection.
The disc opens with an ad for Jack the Giant Slayer. No trailer for Wonderstone shows up here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of the film. It includes the gag reel but drops the other extras.
With a fine cast and a fun premise, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone had comedic potential – and it occasionally lives up to the viewer’s hopes. However, it remains inconsistent and not as good as it could/should have been. The Blu-ray provides pretty solid picture, decent audio and a few enjoyable bonus materials. There’s enough comedy on display here to make the flick likable but it falls short of greatness.