Itsy Bitsy appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie delivered a generally good presentation.
Sharpness largely seemed positive, as the majority of the movie offered appropriate delineation. Some of the many dimly-lit interiors could come across as a little ill-defined, but most of the film looked reasonably concise.
I saw no jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. I also noted no signs of source defects.
As expected, colors remained stylized, with a definite orientation toward a mix of orange and teal. These hues appeared predictable but they served the production’s choices.
Blacks seemed fairly deep and firm, while shadows offered pretty good clarity. Again, some dark shots could seem a little dense, but these elements usually worked fine. This came across as a “B” presentation.
I felt the same about the often subdued DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as it focused on the usual scope one associates with creepy horror films. This meant a lot of spooky ambience and not much more.
That said, the mix did kick to life at times. Some of the stabs at scares boasted good involvement around the spectrum, and music provided nice utilization of the channels.
Audio quality seemed solid. Music was lively and full, while speech appeared natural and concise.
Effects also appeared accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a generally positive soundtrack.
We get a few extras here, and we locate two separate audio commentaries. The first comes from writer/director Micah Gallo, as he presents a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, music and editing, sets and locations, various effects, budgetary restrictions, influences and related domains.
From start to finish, Gallo provides an excellent commentary. Prepared and thorough, he leaves virtually no stones unturned and brings us a stellar examination of the film.
For the second commentary, we hear from Gallo and writers Bryan Dick and Jason Alvino. All three sit together for their running, screen-specific discussion of story/characters and the script’s evolution.
Though I called the track “screen-specific”, in truth the participants rarely discuss the material we see. Instead, this becomes a long chat that gets into some of the processes involved in the writing of a screenplay.
This becomes a fairly engaging track, though after the terrific Gallo solo piece, it disappoints a little. Still, it gives us some nice insights about the screenwriters’ point of view and merits a listen.
A few featurettes appear, and Beginnings runs two minutes, 53 seconds. It involves notes from Gallo and creature creator/special effects makeup Dan Rebert.
“Beginnings” examines the movie’s spider and how the movie brought it to life. Though brief, the clip offers some good info.
With The Journey, we get a two-minute, 20-second reel with Gallo. He discusses some of the production’s challenges in this fairly superficial piece.
Denise On Set fills three minutes with comments from Gallo and actor Denise Crosby. “Set” looks at Crosby’s character and performance in this mediocre segment.
Under Kickstarter Mini-Featurettes, we get five clips that span a total running time of four minutes, 17 seconds. In these, we hear from Crosby, Gallo, Rebert and actor Elizabeth Roberts.
These “Mini-Featurettes” examine cast, characters, effects and story areas. Like the disc’s other programs, these give us a few insights but seem too brief to relate much.
Andy Dick Screen Tests last three minutes, seven seconds. This is a comedic piece that offers minor amusement.
In addition to two trailers, we get a Storyboard Gallery. A running piece, it fills 30 minutes, 44 seconds and shows 365 images. It’s not a great format but I like the content.
With a killer spider as the lead villain, Itsy Bitsy seems ripe to inspire creeps at the very least. Unfortunately, it brings more yawns than yelps, as the flick feels slow and monotonous. The Blu-ray comes with generally good picture and audio as well as supplements highlighted by an excellent audio commentary. Bitsy bores.