The Leisure Seeker appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Even within the parameters of SD-DVD, this seemed like a pretty mediocre presentation.
Sharpness was adequate at best. Closeups showed decent delineation, whereas wider shots appeared fairly soft and tentative.
Jagged edges and shimmering were only a minor problem, and I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.
Colors seemed low-key, with an emphasis on teal. These choices felt less than exciting, but the DVD represented them in a passable manner.
Blacks provided reasonable depth, while shadows appeared fairly smooth. Ultimately, the image felt decent but no better than that.
I also felt unimpressed with the bland Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Seeker, as it failed to make much of an impression. The soundfield gave us mild ambience at most, without much use of the various channels.
This meant it focused on the front speakers and didn’t bring us much in terms of scope. Even for an introspective character film, the soundscape seemed awfully flat and subdued.
Audio quality was fine. Speech came across as natural and concise, and effects demonstrated passable delineation. They had little to do but they seemed acceptable.
Music appeared adequate, as the score and songs came across with decent range. Everything here felt ordinary, so the audio added little to the presentation.
Only a couple of extras appear here, and we start with In Conversation with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. This reel runs 26 minutes, 22 seconds and features a panel that presents the two lead actors.
Mirren and Sutherland discuss aspects of their careers and their work on the film. This never becomes a terribly informative chat, but it’s fun to see the actors together and they offer enough substance to turn this into a likable chat.
Making of The Leisure Seeker goes for 11 minutes, 14 seconds and includes comments from Mirren, Sutherland, director Paolo Virzi, and actors Christian McKay, Jane Moloney, Ahmed Lucan, and David Silverman.
“Making” looks at story/characters, cast and performances and the use of an Italian film crew. We don’t get a ton of good details from the participants but the shots from the set add value.
The disc opens with ads for Foxtrot, A Fantastic Woman, Call Me By Your Name, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Happy Endand The Rider. We also get the trailer for Seeker.
As much as I admire its lead actors, I can’t find much to enjoy in The Leisure Seeker. A rambling, forgettable collection of mawkish vignettes and little more, the movie doesn’t find a groove. The DVD offers mediocre picture and audio along with some decent supplements. The Seeker takes us on a road to nowhere.