The Lady In the Car With Glasses and a Gun appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered good but not great visuals.
Overall sharpness seemed fine, but occasional exceptions occurred and left us with a moderate soft impression. Though some of that stemmed from photographic choices, I thought the movie appeared a bit less defined than expected. I saw no moiré effects or jaggies, and edge haloes didn’t appear. Print flaws also never became a factor.
The film tended toward subdued hues that mixed teal and amber. These colors remained restrained and looked fine given stylistic choices. Blacks seemed dark and tight, and low-light shots brought us reasonable clarity. This became a satisfactory presentation.
Heavy on atmospherics, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 added a little kick to the proceedings. Seaside shots showed nice involvement, and a few other sequences opened up the mix well enough. The movie lacked standout auditory moments, but the soundfield created a decent sense of place.
No issues with audio quality emerged. Speech was natural and smooth, while music offered good range and dimensionality. Effects came across as accurate and tight. Again, the track lacked a lot to make it stand out, but it fit the story.
In addition to the original French audio, the Blu-ray provides an English dub. Out of curiosity, I gave it a listen – and found it to offer a terrible experience.
Honestly, the English version provided such bad vocal work that I wondered if the producers made it awful on purpose to “force” people to play the original mix. Even if you hate subtitles, the English track isn’t a viable option – it’s ridiculously amateurish.
A couple of extras fill out the disc, and we begin with an interview with director Joann Sfar. In this 26-minute, 44-second piece, Sfar discusses what brought him to the project, the novel and its adaptation. Cinematography and storyboards, visual choices, editing and music, cast and performances, influences, and other areas. Sfar delivers a lively and engaging chat that doesn’t avoid potentially controversial areas. I also appreciate that he admits he made a 90-minute music video.
The Paintings of Director Joann Sfar runs two minutes, 45 seconds. Sfar tells us about the artwork he creates during film shoots. Though brief, Sfar gives us some interesting insights.
The disc opens with ads for Synchronicity, The Wave, Headhunters and Kill Me Three Times. We also get the trailer for Lady.
When the most interesting aspect of a film stems from its title, that’s a problem. Unfortunately, The Lady In the Car With Glasses and a Gun expends its creativity on unusual moniker and leaves little for the actual film. The Blu-ray provides mostly good picture and audio but skimps on supplements. Despite a few positives, most of Lady disappoints.