Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie boasted a terrific transfer.
Sharpness appeared strong. No problems emerged there, as the image displayed crisp and concise information. Jagged edges and moiré effects created no concerns, and edge haloes were absent. Print flaws remained absent, as we found no specks, marks or other issues.
Dates utilized a fairly stylized palette, with a clear teal/orange orientation. Though it seemed like a shame to semi-squander the tropical hues of Hawaii, the disc reproduced the tones well. Blacks seemed dark and dense, while shadows showed nice clarity. This became a very pleasing image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Dates, it offered an experience typical of comedies, as the soundfield displayed an emphasis on the forward channels. Music showed nice stereo imaging and moved the songs and score to the back speakers in a minor manner.
Most of the effects tended toward environmental material, though a few sequences added some pep; for instance, party/bar scenes showed mild information around the room. Nonetheless, the majority of the mix stayed dialogue-intensive and without real theatrics.
Audio quality came across as good. Speech seemed natural and distinct, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Music was reasonably full, with clear tones overall. Effects were accurate and concise, without distortion or other concerns. Nothing here excelled, but the audio was adequate for a comedy like this.
The Blu-ray comes with a fairly big roster of extras, and we open with an audio commentary< with director Jake Syzmanski. He provides a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, editing and various gags, cast and performances, sets and locations, music and connected domains.
Syzmanski delivers a mostly engaging track, though it suffers from one potential deficit: a running joke in which the director interacts with recording engineer “Margie” – who sounds a lot like actor Mary Holland. She occasionally interrupts Syzmakski with increasing odd tangents. This is all a gag, of course, and one that doesn’t go anywhere.
Actually, I’ll admit the “Margie” thread amuses more than I expected, but it still creates a fairly pointless distraction. When Syzmanski discusses the movie, he does so well, as he gets into a nice array of details. Even with the “Margie” moments, the commentary offers a worthwhile piece.
14 Deleted Scenes run a total of 23 minutes, 48 seconds. A few of these offer semi-major sequences, including a bocce ball contest heavily referenced in the movie’s trailer but absent from the final cut. We also get somewhat better closure for the characters. Not a ton of amusement results, but the cut material does seem more substantial than expected.
16 Extended Scenes take up a total of 39 minutes, 12 seconds. Given that I didn’t find much humor in the final product, I didn’t expect much from the longer versions, and I got the tedium I anticipated. Scenes drag forever and fail to bring out anything interesting or amusing. Fans will be happy to see these clips, but the filmmakers were right to abbreviate all of them.
We also get an Alternate Storyline. Called the “Pig Sequence”, this seven-minute, 45-second piece offers a segment that revolves around a pig roast. Because the clips come from various points in the movie, the compilation feels disjointed – and not entertaining. “Pig” does allow the neglected Sam Richardson more screen time, but the segment doesn’t seem especially interesting.
With Bits on Bits on Bits, we find a six-minute, 21-second compilation. It shows a mix of short comedic moments cut from the final flick – they’re too short for true deleted scenes but offer minor trims. It’s more of the same sort of material we’ve already seen.
Next comes Line-O-Rama, a 10-minute, two-second collection. As usual, it offers a mix of alternate lines for scenes that appear in the movie. Like the rest of the unused material, not much amusement results.
A Gag Reel goes for five minutes, 27 seconds. Much of this revolves around the usual goofs and giggles, but a few improv moments give it some zing.
After this we get Funny or Die Shorts. We locate three segments: “Wedding Stories with the Cast” (2:10), “Adam Devine Has Sensitive Ears” (1:42) and “Zac Efron Can’t Stop Taking Selfies” (2:47). Across these, we hear from Syzmanski and actors Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Holland and Alice Wetterlund. They offer goofy comments in these not-especially-entertaining pieces.
Stills appear as part of a Gallery. With 40 images, it mixes shots from the movie and from the set. It ends up as a forgettable package of pics.
The disc opens with ads for Why Him? and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. We also get two trailers for Dates.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Dates. It includes everything except for the extended scenes, “Line-O-Rama” and the Funny or Die shorts.
Though not totally devoid of laughs, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates lacks much comedic value. Its female stars give us a few funny moments but most of the flick flops. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals, adequate audio and a decent set of supplements. Dates offers a largely weak comedy.