The King of Staten Island appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a generally positive presentation.
Sharpness appeared acceptable but not great. Softness was never a major concern, but I thought the movie didn’t always display particularly good detail. The movie tended to be reasonably concise and that was about it.
Moiré effects and jagged edges presented no concerns, and edge enhancement remained absent. A handful of small specks appeared. These remained minor but nonetheless popped up more than I’d expect of a brand-new movie.
In terms of colors, the flick went with a subdued set of tones. Hues opted for the usual teal and orange, without much beyond that. Within those parameters, the tones looked fine.
Blacks were dark and firm, while shadows appeared clear and well-developed. The image seemed generally good, but the slight softness and occasional print flaws made it a “B-“.
Did a character flick like King need a Dolby Atmos soundtrack? Nope – downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, it offered a functional effort and that was all.
Of course, I didn’t expect a dazzling soundfield from this sort of drama/comedy, and I got exactly what I anticipated. In terms of effects, general ambience ruled the day.
Surround usage stayed limited; the back speakers gently fleshed out various settings but did little more than that. A few locations added some zip, and a firefighting scene used the channels acceptably well. That was about the extent of the soundscape, though.
In those forward channels, the music provided nice stereo separation and opened up the mix reasonably well. There wasn’t a whole lot of activity or movement, but the effects conveyed a passable sense of space and place. The track functioned appropriately for the story.
Audio quality appeared fine. Dialogue was consistently warm and natural; I heard a little edginess at times but nothing serious.
Effects were a minor component of the mix, and they seemed appropriately subdued and accurate. There wasn’t much to hear, but the various elements were clean and distinct.
The music came across as the best part of the track, as the songs and score were pretty lively and full. This was a decent reproduction of the material.
We get a good collection of extras here, and we start with an audio commentary from writer/director Judd Apatow and writer/director Pete Davidson. Connected via Skype, both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters and autobiographical elements, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing, and related domains.
Mainly due to the awkwardness of their Skype link, the commentary can feel a bit clunky at times, and it doesn’t flow as well as one would hope. Still, Apatow and Davidson cover a pretty good array of topics, and they do so with humor, so this becomes a fairly informative and enjoyable discussion.
Two Alternate Endings appear: “Family Breakfast” (1:25) and “Career Day” (2:25). The former shows how Ray integrated Margie’s family, and “Day” follows up on Scott’s connection to kids.
The disc dubs these “Alternate Endings (Which Didn’t Work)” and that seems accurate. Both feel like they’re from a different movie, so they’re fun to see but they wouldn’t have fit the flick.
10 Deleted Scenes span a total of 15 minutes, 34 seconds. Some focus on secondary characters, while others show more between Scott and Ray as well as the firefighters. None of these needed to be in the movie – which already runs too long – but they give us some enjoyable material.
A Gag Reel goes for five minutes, 53 seconds. Some of these provide the usual goofs and giggles, but we get enough alternate lines to make the set worth a look.
A staple of Apatow Blu-rays, Line-O-Rama offers more unused dialogue. This compilation lasts four minutes, 37 seconds and boasts a bunch of funny moments.
The Kid From Staten Island fills 19 minutes, four seconds and delivers notes from Apatow, Davidson, Pete’s mom Amy Davidson, Pete’s sister Casey Davidson, retired firefighter/actor John Sorrentino, Pete’s grandfather Stephen Davidson, and actors Bel Powley, Derek Gaines, and Bill Burr.
“Kid” looks at elements of Pete’s life represented in the movie and other character-related elements of the movie. I like the glimpses of Davidson’s biography and this becomes a useful overview.
Next we get Judd Apatow’s Production Diaries, a 31-minute, 44-second collection of shots from the set. These come with Apatow’s commentary about how the flick progresses. Some other cast/crew chat occasionally, but we mainly hear from Apatow.
That format works fine, as he brings us good observations from the shoot. Nothing here makes the “Diaries” great, but they become a fun look at the movie.
The next six featurettes follow the same template and fall under the banner Working With. In these, we focus on actors Bill Burr (4:42), Marisa Tomei (3:21), Bel Powley (3:54), Maude Apatow (4:35), Ricky Velez, Moises Arias, & Lou Wilson (3:56), and Steve Buscemi (2:51).
Across these, we hear from Apatow, Burr, Pete Davidson, Amy Davidson, Velez, Powley, Casey Davidson, Arias, Wilson, co-writer Dave Sirus, technical advisor Terence Quinn, and actor Maude Apatow.
As expected, the clips examine cast and characters. They can feel fluffy, but they come with decent notes.
Friends of Firefighters Stand-Up Benefit goes for six minutes, 19 seconds and provides excerpts from a benefit concert that featured Apatow, Pete Davidson, Burr, Velez and Lynne Koplitz. It offers some funny material.
We focus on Pete’s dad in a Scott Davidson Tribute. It runs five minutes, 28 seconds and brings notes from Judd Apatow, Sorrentino, Amy Davidson, Sirus, Velez, Casey Davidson,
grandparents Linda and Stephen Davidson, and friends/co-workers James McAlevey and Ray Thomas.
As expected, we get memories of Pete’s dad here. It becomes a warm remembrance.
Who Is Pete Davidson? spans three minutes, 27 seconds and involves Casey Davidson, Judd Apatow, Amy Davidson, Stephen Davidson, Pete Davidson, and Powley. The show provides basics about the film and Pete, so expect a fairly promotional piece.
With The Firehouse, we get a three-minute, 17-second reel that includes Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson, Burr, Quinn and Sorrentino.
We find some notes about the depiction of the firefighter-related scenes. Though intended to sell the movie, it comes with some decent notes.
Pete’s Casting Recs lasts two minutes, 56 seconds and delivers info from Pete Davidson, Velez, Sirus, Judd Apatow, Burr, Gaines, and Amy Davidson. Mainly this tells us how much people like Pete, so don’t expect substance.
Next comes Pete’s “Poppy”, a one-minute, 51-second clip with Stephen Davidson, Judd Apatow, and Pete Davidson. It’s a look at Pete’s grandpa, and it attempts to promote the film. The same clips appear elsewhere on the disc, so you can skip it.
In addition to the film’s red-band trailer, we finish with four Video Calls. These occupy a total of 20 minutes, 45 seconds and offer unusual promotional elements.
All four offer video chats among various participants. The first two bring Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow together, while the third adds Bill Burr. The fourth pairs Judd and Pete as guests with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
The first three offer the most amusement, as they sell the flick in quirky conversations. The Fallon reel fares less well, mainly because it’s the most conventional, and also because Fallon kisses so much butt. Enjoy the first three and skip the Fallon clip.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of King. It includes the commentary, the deleted scenes, the alternate endings and the gag reel, but it lacks all the other extras.
As Judd Apatow’s umpteenth “immature adult grows up” movie, I should feel bored with The King of Staten Island. However, the film brings enough warmth, wit and charm to make it an enjoyable experience. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio as well as a big roster of bonus materials. Apatow fans will like this tale.