Miami Blues appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was an inconsistent presentation.
Sharpness was usually fine, but exceptions occurred. Wide shots occasionally became tentative, so some of those could be a bit on the fuzzy side. Still, overall clarity was positive; I couldn’t call this a razor-sharp image, but it looked reasonably precise.
No issues with jaggies or moiré effects appeared, and edge haloes remained minor. Print flaws became a persistent concern, however, as the movie suffered from a mix of specks, blotches, hairs and other marks. Some parts of the film looked dirtier than others, but it was clear no one attempted to clean up the image – or if they did, they didn’t try very hard.
Colors looked decent to good. 1990 film stocks didn’t tend to be the most dynamic, and Blues could reflect those trends, but the hues usually looked reasonably positive. They probably should’ve been peppier given the broad nature of the palette, though.
Blacks were fairly deep, and shadows showed acceptable clarity. Some low-light shots lacked great definition, but they were mostly good. Parts of the image seemed satisfactory, but the image lost a lot of points due to all those print flaws.
As for the film’s LPCM stereo soundtrack, it provided serviceable audio. Music demonstrated nice stereo spread, but effects didn’t have a lot to do. We got some general atmosphere but nothing memorable occurred. This remained a pretty low-key mix.
Audio quality was fine for a 25-year-old soundtrack. Speech remained natural and concise, with only a smidgen of roughness along the way. Music showed nice fidelity and range, and effects appeared fairly accurate and robust. The track didn’t boast a ton of oomph, but it showed decent low-end, mostly related to the music. This became an average mix.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find new interviews with actors Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh. In this 26-minute, one-second compilation, they discuss their casting, characters and performances, shooting in Florida, reflections on the film, and working with director George Armitage. It’s great that the disc’s producers managed to get the stars to talk about Blues, but the end result seems less than fascinating. While a few decent notes emerge, I don’t think we learn a lot about the movie.
An odd mix of styles and tones, Miami Blues occasionally entertains. However, it seems too disjointed to become anything consistently satisfying. The Blu-ray provides flawed visuals along with decent audio and a mildly interesting set of interviews. Blues has its moments but doesn’t pack enough of them to gel.