Permanent appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a largely good image.
For the most part, sharpness satisfied. Occasional wide shots tended to be a bit iffy, but the majority of the flick demonstrated decent delineation and clarity.
I noticed no shimmering, jaggies or edge enhancement. The image remained clean and lacked any source defects.
Colors were subdued. The movie preferred a teal and amber feel that felt fine for the material as depicted.
Blacks were dark and tight, and shadows offered generally solid delineation, though a few interiors could be a bit dim. Still, this was usually an appealing presentation.
Similar thoughts greeted the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Permanent, as it offered a decent but not great auditory experience. Sound quality was always good, at least.
Music worked the best, as the score and songs demonstrated nice range and depth. Effects didn’t play a major role, but they seemed acceptably clear and accurate, while speech was distinctive and natural.
The soundscape lacked much to impress. Music dominated, as songs/score came from all around the spectrum.
Effects had less to do, as they focused the realm of general environment and presented an acceptable sense of place. Still, the mix did what it needed to do for a film of this sort.
A few minor extras appear here, and we find a featurette called Getting Permanent. It runs three minutes, 12 seconds and includes comments from actor Rainn Wilson. He throws out generic thoughts about the movie in this puff piece.
Virginia Is For Lovers lasts one minute, 10 seconds and gives us a comedic promo with Wilson. He sells us on Virginia in this moderately amusing clip.
Three Deleted/Alternate Scenes take up a total of six minutes, five seconds. The first offers the only true new scene, as it presents Aurelie’s attempts to barter for work on her hair.
The other two extend/alter existing sequences. The hair salon segment isn’t particularly interesting, but it’s more compelling than the other two.
The disc opens with ads for Please Stand By, The Final Year and 2:22. We also get a trailer for Permanent.
A stab at period comedy, Permanent aspires to a level of cleverness and insight that it can’t achieve. Cartoony, silly and stupid, the movie lacks purpose and coherence. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture and audio with a few modest supplements. Skip this insufferable stinker.