Obvious Child appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a pretty solid presentation.
Overall delineation seemed positive. A little softness interfered with a few interiors, but the movie usually provided good delineation.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws remained absent.
Much of Child opted for a strong orange/amber tint, with some blues as well. The colors came across as intended.
Blacks appeared deep and dense, while shadows worked fine. Though not a visual showcase, the image seemed more than satisfactory.
Don’t expect much from the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. This didn’t come as a surprise, for I anticipated a low-key mix from a character comedy like this.
This meant a soundscape that emphasized music and general ambience. Street scenes added some involvement, as did those in clubs, but most of the soundfield stayed subdued and concentrated on general environmental information.
Audio quality seemed fine, with dialogue that appeared natural and distinctive. Music displayed nice range and boldness.
Effects lacked much to do, but they nonetheless seemed accurate and full. This was a perfectly adequate soundtrack for the movie’s goals.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Gillian Robespierre, producer/co-writer Elisabeth Holm and actor Jenny Slate. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing and deleted material, costumes, and related subjects.
Expect a decent but unexceptional chat. While we get a reasonable number of useful notes, we also find too many slow spots and too much happy talk to make this an above-average commentary.
The Making of Obvious Child run 24 minutes, 39 seconds. It offers notes from Robespierre, Slate, Holm, and actors Gabe Liedman, Polly Draper, and Jake Lacy.
The featurette looks at the source short film and its adaptation, story/characters, casting and performances, and the movie’s release. Though some fluff emerges, the program offers a generally good view of the subject matter.
Five Extended Scenes occupy a total of 23 minutes, 52 seconds. Two show more standup, while another offers additional drunk phone messages from Donna to her ex.
A fourth expands the first time Donna and Max connect romantically, while the fifth features more of Donna with her sister and friend as they discuss her life. Given the movie struggled to fill out 84 minutes, these longer scenes wouldn’t have helped it.
We also find the original 2009 Obvious Child Short Film. It goes for 20 minutes, 53 seconds and features Slate in the role she would later play in the feature.
This one cuts to the chase and becomes a much tighter experience. It could probably expand the characters more than it does, but it still fares better than the too-long feature version.
The disc opens with ads for Laggies, Life After Beth, The Spectacular Now, The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers. No trailer for Child appears here.
Obvious Child acted as a star turn for Jenny Slate, one that showcased her skills. While she does fine, the movie itself lacks enough substance to succeed across its brief running time. The Blu-ray boasts strong visuals, acceptable audio and a mix of bonus materials. Expect a decent but inconsistent mix of drama and comedy.