Liar’s Moon appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a pretty mediocre presentation.
Sharpness seemed adequate. The movie brought acceptable delineation but rarely felt better than that, as the image tended to come across as fairly flat.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects appeared, and I noticed no edge haloes. The film came with a healthy layer of grain, but print flaws turned into a distraction, as the movie showed sporadic instances of specks and marks as well as at least one major streak.
Colors went with a dull palette that lacked many chances to shine. Given a semi-green/blue tint, the hues sometimes felt appropriate but they leaned toward a blah impression.
Blacks could seem somewhat inky, but they showed decent depth, and shadows offered adequate clarity, even if they occasionally felt a bit thick. This was a perfectly watchable image but it never fared better than that.
Though the menu promised an LPCM stereo soundtrack, I’ll be hornswoggled if I heard material that made me think we got much more than a monaural mix. Every once in a while, the track manifested some gentle ambience from the sides.
However, these instances failed to do much, and music didn’t show stereo presence either. Maybe this didn’t turn into a literal mono mix, but it sure came awfully close, so don’t expect much from the right and left speakers.
One also shouldn’t anticipate good quality from the audio, as this turned into a problematic mix. Speech tended to seem reedy and edgy, so while I understood the lines, they rarely appeared natural.
Music lacked range and could feel dull. Effects failed to present much dimensionality, and they also came with more than a little distortion. Even by the standards of 1981 audio, this became a subpar soundtrack.
A few extras appear here, and the main attraction comes from The Making of Liar’s Moon. It runs a whopping one hour, 44 minutes, 45 seconds and brings comments from writer Janice Thomson, composer Ray Benson, writer/director David Fisher, executive producer Bill Hanna’s wife Jeanene, production manager Susan Vogelflang, set decorator Maria Caso, and actor Tonja Walker.
“Making” covers the project’s origins and development, story/characters and approach to the material, cast and performances, costumes, hair and period details, constraints of an indie production, editing and music, the movie’s release with two different endings, and general thoughts
We don’t get the most concise view of the production here, as “Making” can feel a bit disjointed and rambling. Still, with so much time at its disposal, we learn a lot about the film, so this becomes a generally good piece.
The Music of Liar’s Moon goes for 13 minutes, 53 seconds and features Benson and Fisher. The composer dominates the reel as he discusses his career and work on the film. Expect another less-than-concise but still informative program.
An Alternate Ending lasts one minute, 57 seconds and shows the darker finale alluded to in the “Making of” program. It’s not more effective but it’s definitely different.
In addition to both theatrical and video trailers for Moon, we get promos for Edmond, Final Jusrice, Dirty Laundry and The Last Time I Committed Suicide.
Another in a long series of stories of star-crossed lovers, Liar’s Moon fails to ignite. The movie moves slowly and lacks anything unusual or intriguing to do with the subject matter. The Blu-ray suffers from problematic picture and audio but it comes with bonus materials highlighted by a long documentary. While it passes the time, Moon becomes a bore too often.