Manchester By the Sea appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a positive presentation.
Sharpness largely worked well. A couple of interiors demonstrated a smidgen of softness, but the majority of the flick displayed nice delineation and accuracy. I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
Sea went with palette that favored a chilly form of teal, with some orange tones tossed in at times. Within the movie’s color design, the hues seemed solid. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently satisfying image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix of Sea, it showed scope typical of its dramatic context. This meant a limited soundscape without much to make it stand out from the crowd.
Shots on a boat added a bit of immersiveness, as did a few other elements like parties or hockey games, but those didn’t dominate. A chatty film, much of the soundfield remained limited.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Again, nothing about the mix impressed, but it suited the story.
Only a handful of extras show up here, and we start with an audio commentary from director/writer Kenneth Lonergan. Along with content producer Peter Ventrella, Lonergan gives us a running, screen-specific look at the project's origins and development, story/characters, sets and locations, music, cast and performances, and editing and film structure.
Overall, this becomes a good chat. A few lulls occur, but those never last long. The majority of the track provides useful info that helps give us solid background for the film.
Emotional Lives runs 16 minutes and includes notes from Lonergan, producers Matt Damon, Kevin J. Walsh, Chris Moore and Kimberly Steward, and actors Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck, Gretchen Mol, and Lucas Hedges. “Lives” looks at story and characters, cast and performances, and Lonergan’s impact on the production. “Lives” lacks a lot of depth, but it offers a decent overview of the production.
Three Deleted Scenes fill a total of five minutes, 50 seconds. We get “Elise Calls” (1:58), “Children’s Funeral” (1:50) and “Chandler Charters” (2:02). All offer interesting character information – especially “Calls” – but none of them seem crucial, so the movie works fine without them.
The disc opens with ads for Southside With Me, Patriots Day, Indignation, Café Society and La La Land. No trailer for Sea shows up here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Sea. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
A rich, powerful character drama, Manchester By the Sea fires on all cylinders. It embraces its narrative in a gradual, natural manner that allows it to become a vivid depiction of life and loss. The Blu-ray presents solid picture and audio as well as some interesting supplements. Sea becomes one of 2016’s better films.