The Opening Act appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a quality presentation.
Sharpness was fine. A handful of wider shots could be a little tentative, but those remained in the minority, as most of the flick appeared concise and accurate.
Jagged edges and shimmering didn’t occur, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to present any problems, as the movie offered a clean image.
In terms of colors, the film favored a mild golden tint or a blue feel. These were light overtones, so the colors were solid within the design parameters.
Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were good. I thought this was a consistently high-quality image.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it seemed satisfactory. It favored the usual “comedy mix” and didn’t present many chances for the soundscape to explode.
We did find a few slightly more involving scenes – most of which took place on the road – but the track usually opted for stereo music and general environmental material. Though these didn’t seem exciting, they opened up the piece in a satisfying manner.
I thought audio quality appeared positive. Speech seemed distinctive and natural, with no rough tones or other issues.
Score and songs displayed clear, warm music, and effects functioned well. Those elements were reasonably realistic and full throughout the movie. Again, nothing here dazzled, but the mix accentuated the action in a good way.
A few extras appear here, and The Making of The Opening Act goes for six minutes, 10 seconds and offers notes from writer/director Steve Byrne, and actors Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Jeong, Debby Ryan, Alex Moffatt, Neal Brennan, Jermaine Fowler, Alonzo Bodden, Cedric the Entertainer, Russell Peters, Whitney Cummings and Bill Burr.
“Making” offers basics about story/characters, cast and performances, and Byrne’s work. Expect a superficial piece without much substance.
Getting Started in Comedy runs three minutes, 41 seconds and features Yang, Jeong, Cedric, Bodden, Brennan, Cummings, Peters, Fowler, Burr, Byrne, Moffatt, and actors Kathleen Madigan and Sarah Tiana.
They give us basics about how to get going in standup. Like “Making”, it lacks much meat.
Finally, we find 11 minutes, four seconds of Extended Standup Scenes. We get bits from a mix of the movie’s characters in this decent compilation.
As a look at the world of stand-up comedy, The Opening Act comes with some potential. Unfortunately, it seems thin and never gets into a groove. The Blu-ray offers appealing visuals along with adequate audio and a few bonus materials. While it occasionally entertains, Act doesn’t connect in a consistent or meaningful manner.