Last Vegas appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a nice visual presentation.
From start to finish, sharpness looked strong. Only the slightest hint of softness affected wide shots, and those examples occurred too infrequently to cause problems. Instead, the film looked concise and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked great.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Vegas seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, like at casinos, airports or parties. However, most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
When we shift to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from director Jon Turteltaub and screenwriter Dan Fogelman. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, music and costumes, editing and deleted/altered scenes, challenges shooting in Vegas, and a few other areas.
A veteran of commentaries, Turteltaub feels at ease with the format and dominates the chat; a newcomer to the experience, Fogelman chimes in occasionally but remains the minority partner. Which is fine, as Turteltaub gives us a winning look at his film. The track covers all the appropriate bases and does so in a light, charming way that makes it a good listen.
We also find six brief featurettes. These include “It’s Going to Be Legendary” (3:14), “Shooting in Sin City” (2:48), “Four Legends” (2:58), “The Redfoo Party” (1:50), “The Flatbush Four” (1:37) and “Supporting Ensemble” (2:21). Across these, we hear from Turteltaub, producers Amy Baer and Laurence Mark, and actors Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Redfoo, Mary Steenburgen, Patrice Hollis, Christine Smith, Romany Malco, Curtis Jackson and Jerry Ferrara.
The segments cover cast, characters and performances, sets and locations, and some scene specifics. The pieces exist solely to promote the film, so they come with little informational value. Kline can be funny but that’s the only real positive I can attach to these featurettes.
The disc opens with ads for Blue Jasmine, Bad Country, and Captain Phillips. These also appear under Previews along with clips for Cold Comes the Night and Inside Llewyn Davis. No trailer for Vegas shows up here.
A second disc gives us a DVD Copy of Vegas. It includes the commentary and three of the six featurettes; it omits “Shooting”, “Redfoo” and “Ensemble”.
As much fun as it can be to watch the film’s famous actors interact, Last Vegas lacks anything else to bring it to life. The performers keep us engaged for a while but they can’t redeem the banal nature of the project. The Blu-ray provides excellent visuals, decent audio and a good commentary. The movie’s legends make it occasionally interesting but they’re not enough to carry 105 minutes of tedium.