Keeping Up with the Joneses appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a surprisingly bland image.
Sharpness became the most glaring weakness, as the movie could look strangely fuzzy at times. While much of the film exhibited good clarity, more than a few shots came across as soft and uunfocused. Jagged edges and shimmering failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws also caused no distractions.
Colors were fine. The movie went with the usual orange and teal, and the hues looked full and rich within stylistic constraints. Blacks were dark and tight, but shadows lacked clarity, as they could suffer from inconsistent detail. This wasn’t a bad presentation but its softness made it a “C+”.
Despite its action sequences, the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Joneses remained fairly restrained much of the time. Every once in a while, the mix came to life, though, such as during a chase scene or via explosions.
Nonetheless, the track emphasized the “comedy mix” side of things much of the time. This meant music and general ambience dominated. We got some pizzazz every once in a while but no one should expect great vivacity from the soundacape.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech appeared natural and concise, while music sounded smooth and warm. Effects demonstrated positive punch and accuracy, with nice low-end as appropriate. Though the track didn’t excel, it became strong enough for a “B”.
A handful of extras fill out the disc, and we open with Spy Game. This 11-minute, 44-second piece offers comments from director Greg Mottola, special effects supervisor Michael Lantieri, and actors Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, and Gal Gadot.
“Game” discusses story/characters, cast and performances, Mottola’s impact on the shoot, and stunts/action. “Game” offers a basic promo piece without much substance.
Five Deleted Scenes run a total of 18 minutes, 17 seconds. We find “Original Opening” (3:44), “Original Jeff’s Day at MBI” (6:05), “Tim Bandages Jeff’s Hand” (0:46), “What Ales Ya?” (5:52) and “Original Carl Pronger” (1:50).
Most of these give us minor extensions of existing scenes, and the extra footage adds little. The “Original Opening” sets up the couple who sell the house into which the Joneses move, which makes it moderately interesting. Otherwise, the cut footage remains unremarkable.
Keeping Up with Georgia fills five minutes, four seconds. It features Hamm, Mottola, Fisher, Gadot, Galifianakis, 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Steven Ritzi and art designer Jeremy Woolsey. The show looks at various sets/locations as well as stunts and action. A smattering of insights emerge, but mostly this feels like an ad for Atlanta.
A Gallery brings us a collection of stills. Here we see 24 shots from the set and movie images. It becomes a mediocre compilation.
The disc opens with ads for Why Him?, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Masterminds. Sneak Peek throws in a promo for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and we also get the trailer for Joneses.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Joneses. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Unfocused and without much wit, Keeping Up With the Joneses devolves into lackluster comedy. Despite the presence of a decent cast, the film lacks much purpose and never gets into a groove. The Blu-ray offers acceptable picture and audio along with a smattering of bonus features. The film winds up as a bland journey.