Office Christmas Party appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the movie looked attractive.
Sharpness was usually solid. A few wider shots showed a little softness, but those instances remained minor. Instead, the majority of the movie seemed accurate and concise. I saw no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws were a non-factor, as I witnessed no specks, marks or other debris.
Colors were good. The series opted for a fairly teal and orange palette and the Blu-ray replicated these tones in an appealing manner. Black levels were appropriately deep, and shadows seemed clear and well-rendered. Across the board, the visuals proved to be pleasing.
The DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Party suited the story pretty well but won't win any awards. The soundstage appeared nicely broad at the appropriate times and could be moderately engulfing on occasion.
It's a talky little movie for the most part so the focus was mainly up front, but the audio expanded when necessary. Music broadened well, and effects occasionally used the spectrum in a satisfying way via elements like a car chase and general craziness. None of this made it a consistently active track, but it had its moments.
Sound quality seemed fine. Dialogue always appeared crisp and natural, and I had no trouble understanding it. Music was warm and distinctive, and effects also seemed realistic and more than adequate for the tasks at hand. All of this made the mix a solid “B”.
The Blu-ray brings us two versions of the film. In addition to the “R”-rated theatrical edition (1:45:21), we find an unrated cut (1:50:47).
How do the two differ? By my count, the unrated version adds 12 bits and pieces, virtually all of which extend existing scenes. These give us more partying and general silliness with a smidgen of character development for secondary parts.
In other words, we don’t get much of anything interesting. Some minor comedic bits appear and these work okay, though I can’t claim any of these make the unrated cut superior to the theatrical version. Both editions of the movie seem comparable, so don’t expect improvements from the longer one.
Alongside the theatrical cut, we get an audio commentary from directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon. They sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, music, editing, sets and locations, influences, and related areas.
Overall the directors offer a strong commentary. They maintain a good level of energy and touch on all the appropriate domains. Those factors allow this to become a brisk and involving take on the film.
Five Deleted Scenes fill a total of two minutes, 58 seconds. We get “Iron Throne” (0:21), “Jeremy on Santa’s Lap” (0:31), “Are You Feeling This?” (0:22), “Josh Gets the Specs” (0:31) and “Alternate Ending” (1:13).
These clips offer material not found in the extended unrated cut, which I appreciate. I’m glad they’re not redundant – though it still would’ve been nice to see the longer edition’s additions on their own as well.
As for the content of the five deleted scenes, four offer minor additions to secondary characters and seem mildly interesting at best. The “Alternate Ending” becomes more substantial and works fine.
We also find 13 Outtakes. These take up eight minutes, 38 seconds and show alternate line readings for a mix of sequences. Some funny material results in this enjoyable collection.
Throwing an Office Christmas Party lasts 11 minutes, 51 seconds and provides comments from Gordon, Speck, producers Daniel Rappaport, Scott Stuber and Guyman Casady, production designer Andrew Laws, and actors Jason Bateman, Karan Soni, TJ Miller, Rob Corddry, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Jennifer Aniston, Randall Park, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Courtney B. Vance, and Sam Richardson.
The show covers story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, and general areas. It becomes a fairly general overview with some nuggets of info but not much depth.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Party. It lacks any of the Blu-ray’s extras It also includes only the theatrical cut of the film.
Despite a strong cast, Office Christmas Party lacks a lot of comedic value. It comes with a messy narrative and fails to find much mirth in its random collection of bawdy shenanigans. The Blu-ray offers positive picture and audio as well as a set of supplements headlined by a very good commentary. Party isn’t a terrible movie but it disappoints.