Les Girls appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Given the limitations of the source, this became an appealing image.
For the most part, sharpness seemed fine. Softness affected some wider shots, though not on a consistent basis. The majority of the flick appeared crisp and concise, and the occasional instance of softness could be chalked up to the original photography, which hasn’t always aged well.
No issues with jagged edges or edge haloes materialized, and shimmering was absent. Source flaws were also a non-factor, and the movie boasted a nice sense of grain.
Colors often looked quite positive, as the movie featured a broad palette that showed up well here. The various hues demonstrated nice clarity and vivacity much of the time, though the drawbacks of films shot on Eastmancolor stock become an issue, so expect a few shots with somewhat dull hues.
Blacks showed good depth and darkness, and shadows offered nice clarity. Though not an objectively great image, the presentation held up well within its photographic constraints.
On the positive side, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack displayed fine stereo separation and breadth, as the songs all sounded clear and crisp. Since this was a musical, it's very important that the tunes were portrayed in the best possible light, and this presentation did nicely in that regard.
Dialogue was more of a mixed bag, though for the most part, I found speech to sound clean and acceptably natural. The mix used some localized speech that worked reasonably well. Sometimes the placement was a bit off, but the lines usually popped up in the logical spots.
Effects also panned between channels, but this was done to a more gentle degree. Those elements added a little life to the mix. They didn’t have a ton to do, but they seemed positive for a film of this sort.
Surround usage remained minor, as the back speakers favored reinforcement of the forward soundstage. Honestly, it’d be easy to forget the rear channels existed, as this stayed a heavily front-loaded mix.
Still, that was fine with me, especially because the stereo soundscape worked so well. I thought the mix held up in a positive way.
A few minor extras round out the set, and we begin with Cole Porter in Hollywood: Ca C’est L’amour. In this eight-minute, 44-second featurette, actor Taina Elg discusses aspects of the production and her involvement in it. This becomes a brief but reasonably engaging piece.
In addition to the film’s trailer, a get a vintage cartoon called The Flea Circus. From 1954, this Tex Avery-directed affair connects to Les Girls because it presents a Parisian variety show – albeit one that stars fleas. It’s a cute addition.
As a musical variation on the Rashomon template, Les Girls sounds like a potential winner, and the presence of the legendary Gene Kelly adds to this perception. Alas, the movie does little to stand out in a positive way, as all its elements remain ordinary. The Blu-ray brings us largely good picture and audio with a few minor bonus features. I hoped to enjoy Les Girls but found myself disenchanted with the plodding end product.