The Odd Life of Timothy Green appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie gave us a fairly good but not excellent presentation.
Sharpness was usually fine. Interiors could be a smidgen soft, but that wasn’t a big distraction, and overall definition seemed positive. The image lacked moiré effects or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to materialize. Print flaws also didn’t show up in this clean presentation.
Odd Life opted for a palette with a golden tint. This amber sensibility didn’t overwhelm the other tones, but it did dominate; some daytime shots also veered a bit green, and the film went more autumnal as it progressed. Within these parameters, I thought overall color reproduction seemed fine. Blacks were dark and tight, but shadows could be a bit heavy; nighttime shots seemed somewhat thick. None of the various issues created genuine problems, but they meant that this ended up as a “B” transfer.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it went with pretty typical fare for a family drama. The movie’s storms opened things up reasonably well, and a few other scenes added a little oomph, but most of the track remained subdued. This was a soundfield that created a decent sense of place but never went wild with sonic possibilities.
Audio quality was fine. Music seemed full and vivid, and effects showed good replication; those elements demonstrated solid clarity and heft. Speech was always distinctive and concise. Nothing here impressed, but the track suited the movie.
As we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Peter Hedges. He delivers a running, screen-specific look at the project’s origins and development, story/character subjects, cast and performances, sets and locations, music and audio, production design, costumes and effects, and a few other areas.
In other words, Hedges essentially touches on everything involved in the film’s creation, and he does so well. Hedges looks at a nice mix of topics and gives us solid insights into the work involved. I’m not fond of his film, but I find a lot to like about this insightful commentary.
Five Deleted Scenes last a total of five minutes, 46 seconds. These include “Remember Bubbles” (2:11), “Neighbor” (0:48), “Discovery” (0:54), “You’re a Ficus” (1:13) and “A Mess” (0:40). These tend to focus on the status of Timothy’s leaves; they too heavily foreshadow a major aspect of the film’s conclusion, so it makes sense that they were left on the cutting room floor.
We can view these scenes with or without commentary from Hedges. He tells us a little about the sequences and lets us know why he omitted them. Hedges delivers basic but useful notes.
Two featurettes follow. This Is Family goes for 10 minutes, 12 seconds and boasts comments from Hedges, producer Ahmet Zappa, and actors Jennifer Garner, Ron Livingston, Common, CJ Adams, Joel Edgerton, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Odeya Rush. The show covers story/character subjects, Hedges’ work on the set, cast and performances, and overall thoughts.
Should you expect anything other than fluffy happy talk here? Nope – that’s all we get, as everyone involved praises everyone else. You might like the shots from the set but the content is banal.
The Gift of Music occupies nine minutes, 15 seconds with remarks from Hedges, composer Geoff Zanelli, and songwriter Glen Hansard. We learn a bit about the movie’s score and the song that plays under the end credits. Though we find a lot more puffery here, at least we learn a little along the way, so “Gift” fares better than “Family”.
Next comes a Music Video for Hansard’s “This Gift”. It mixes lip-synch performance shots with movie clips. The song itself seems lackluster and the video remains ordinary.
The disc opens with ads for Oz The Great and Powerful and Finding Nemo. These also appear under Sneak Peeks along with clips for Bunheads, Frankenweenie, The Muppet Movie and Peter Pan. No trailer for Odd Life materializes here.
A second disc provides a DVD Copy of the film. This includes a few bonus features – not a lot, but some.
No one who cherishes ET The Extra-Terrestrial as much as I do can claim to be immune to films packed with magic and wonder. However, I think those movies need to earn our sense of awe, which doesn’t occur with the mawkish, forced Odd Life of Timothy Green. The Blu-ray gives us generally positive picture and audio along with supplements highlighted by a terrific commentary. The movie does little for me, but the Blu-ray reproduces it in a positive manner.