Knights of Badassdom appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not flawless, the image was usually very good.
Overall clarity looked fine. A few shots displayed a bit of softness, but the movie mostly provided solid definition and accuracy. I saw no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws were also a non-factor in this clean presentation.
Colors remained stylized and opted for an amber tint. A few other tones emerged but the golden side of things dominated. I thought the hues looked fine when I considered those choices. Blacks appeared deep and dense, and shadows demonstrated decent clarity and delineation; occasional elements appeared a little murky, but not to a distracting degree. This was a mostly solid image.
I felt fairly pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Knights, though it felt restricted due to its low-budget origins. This meant that we got a fair amount of activity from the five channels but the elements didn’t mesh as smoothly as I’d like. While the effects popped up in the right spots and moved around the spectrum, they lacked great smoothness/integration and could feel a bit awkward.
Still, the soundscape gave us a decent feel for the action settings, and audio quality was fine. Speech was distinctive and concise, without edginess or other concerns. Music boasted nice range and clarity, while effects offered reasonable accuracy and heft. All of this combined for a good but not great mix.
A mix of extras fill out the set, and open with an interview with actor Peter Dinklage. This goes for one minute, 19 seconds and provides the actor’s thoughts about the film and its tone. It’s too brief to do anything other than advertise the movie.
Next comes a Summer Glau Hottie Montage. The one-minute, 59-second reel includes comments from the actress about the story and characters. Like the Dinklage piece, this one seems too quick to give us anything worthwhile.
We hear from another actor via a one-minute, five-second Steve Zahn interview. He tells us a few more basic notes about the film. It’s another borderline worthless advertisement.
The two parts of Horr-O-Medy occupy a total of two minutes, 16 seconds. These give us comments from Dinklage, special effects and makeup creator Bernard Eichholz, and actors Jimmi Simpson, Brett Gipson, Kim Stodel, and Sean Cook. They talk a little about effects but mostly tell us how awesome and old school the movie will be. Yawn!
An Interview with director Joe Lynch lasts seven minutes, 12 seconds and delivers his notes about themes, the depiction of the LARP community, story/character areas, his inspirations, and effects. Lynch gives us more info than we get in the prior pieces, but he tends to be too effusive and filled with praise to make this particularly valuable.
Finally, we find a San Diego Comic-Con Panel. It goes for 48 minutes, 34 seconds and includes Lynch, Dinklage, Glau, Simpson, and actors Margarita Levieva, Ryan Kwanten, Michael Gladis, and Danny Pudi. They cover story/character areas, research, cast and performances, and some experiences during the shoot. The panel exists to promote the movie, and it feels that way, so it includes very few interesting details. Oh, and Lynch needs some Ritalin – he’s so wired that he gets annoying.
The disc opens with an ad for Iron Sky. We also find the trailer for Knights.
On the surface, Knights of Badassdom looks like a fun comedy-horror romp. Alas, it comes short on humor, scares or any form of inspiration. The Blu-ray provides generally positive picture and audio but its supplements remain forgettable. Knights falls flat and becomes a dull disappointment.