Lady of the Manor appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a solid transfer.
Sharpness appeared strong. Only a smattering of wide shots looked a little soft, so the majority of the film became accurate and tight.
Jagged edges and moiré effects created no concerns, and edge haloes were absent. Print flaws remained absent, as we found no specks, marks or other issues.
Manor utilized a fairly stylized palette, with a clear teal/amber orientation. Given those choices, the tones felt well-rendered.
Blacks seemed dark and dense, while shadows showed nice clarity. This became a pleasing image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Manor, it offered an experience typical of comedies, as the soundfield displayed an emphasis on the forward channels. Music showed nice stereo imaging and moved the songs and score to the back speakers in a minor manner.
Most of the effects tended toward environmental material, though a few sequences added some pep. Nonetheless, the majority of the mix stayed dialogue-intensive and without real theatrics.
Audio quality came across as good. Speech seemed natural and distinct, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility.
Music was reasonably full, with clear tones overall. Effects were accurate and concise, without distortion or other concerns, and the mix offered strong bass response. Nothing here excelled, but the audio was more adequate for a comedy like this.
A mix of extras flesh out the disc, and we open with an audio commentary from writer/director/actor Justin Long and writer/director Christian Long. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, editing and deleted scenes, and connected domains.
With a lifelong connection, Christian and Justin show a breezy chemistry. However, they don't give us a ton of insights about the production, as they tend toward happy talk a lot of the time. The track moves fast enough to keep us engaged, but it never becomes a particularly informative piece.
A Fart Warming Tale of Friendship & Vengeance runs 10 minutes, 50 seconds and includes remarks from Justin Long, Christian Long, and actors Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Ryan Phillippe, Patrick Duffy, Tamara Austin, and Luis Guzman.
“Tale” covers the project’s origins/development, cast and performances and the work of the dual directors. The notes about the movie’s roots seem good, but the rest embraces too much happy talk.
A collection of Outtakes goes for four minutes, 48 seconds and shows the usual goofs/giggles. A few funny bits emerge via improv lines, but most of it seems like the standard silliness.
Eight Deleted Scenes span a total of 17 minutes, one second. These mainly extend sequences already in the movie, with repeated versions of the segment in which Lady Wadsworth tutors Hannah. None of these seem especially interesting.
With a decent cast, Lady of the Manor enjoys some potential entertainment value. Unfortunately, the lazy script harpoons the project and ensures it offers little to amuse. The Blu-ray boasts appealing visuals and appropriate audio as well as a mix of bonus features. Manor doesn’t become a painful flick to view, but it seems completely forgettable.