I, Tonya appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a quality presentation.
For the most part, sharpness worked well. A little softness occasionally hit some wide elements, but the majority of the movie boasted accurate delineation.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects materialized, and I witnessed no instances of edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to mar the proceedings.
To the surprise of no one, Tonya went with Hollywood Standard Orange and Teal. Tedious as those choices may seem, the image reproduced the colors as intended.
Blacks seemed dense and deep, while shadows offered appropriate smoothness and clarity. The Blu-ray reproduced the film well.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it heavily emphasized music, as the nearly omnipresent score and songs filled all five channels. Effects took a backseat but they added some involvement, mainly during skating-related sequences.
Audio quality appeared good, with speech that came across as natural and distinctive. Effects also seemed accurate and tight, with clear reproduction of these components.
As noted, music turned into the most prominent component, and the songs/score boasted solid range and dimensionality. This became a more than satisfactory track for the film.
A few extras fill out the disc, and we begin with an audio commentary from director Craig Gillespie. He offers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing and camerawork, visual effects and recreating skating, costumes, period details and related topics.
We get a pretty good chat from Gillespie, as he covers a nice array of subjects and does so with verve. Gillespie makes this an engaging and informative track.
Five Deleted Scenes take up a total of 17 minutes, 25 seconds. Most of these offer fairly short expansions of the characters that add some fun moments – such as Harding’s accusation that Jeff conspired with Nancy Kerrigan to frame Tonya.
The longest of the bunch, “Sawyer Interview” goes for 11 minutes, five seconds and provides a recreation of Diane Sawyer’s TV chat with Shawn. It’s really more a collection of outtakes than an actual “deleted scene”, but it’s interesting to see.
Behind the Scenes provides five featurettes: “All Sixes” (3:37), “Irony Free, Totally True” (3:34), “Working with Director Craig Gillespie” (2:21), “The Visual Effects of I, Tonya” (4:23) and “VFX: Anatomy of the Triple Axel” (1:58).
Across these, we hear from Gillespie, screenwriter Steven Rogers, producers Brian Unkeless and Tom Ackerley, VFX producer Juliet Tierney, VFX creative director Jean Marc Demmer, and actors Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser, and Julianne Nicholson.
The clips look at cast, story, characters and performances, skating and visual effects, and Gillespie’s work on the set. The segments that focus on effects and replicating the skating offer good info but the others tend to be promotional in nature.
The disc opens with ads for Ingrid Goes West and Beach Rats. We also find three trailers for Tonya.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Tonya. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Despite a fun, lively start, I, Tonya eventually becomes buried beneath its lack of substance. Though the movie gives us a generally entertaining piece, it loses steam as it goes. The Blu-ray provides very good picture and audio along with a mostly positive roster of supplements. Tonya keeps us reasonably engaged but it lacks the depth it needs.