Prom appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Though not killer, this was an attractive image.
From start to finish, sharpness looked positive. A bit of softness occasionally crept into wider shots, but this was never significant. Instead, the film looked concise and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well, though the golden tint has the odd effect of making almost all the actors look vaguely Hispanic. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked quite nice.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Prom seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most teen comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, like those at the actual prom. However, most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
Only a few extras fill out the disc. Last Chance Lloyd delivers a short film that reprises some of the film’s characters. It goes for 10 minutes, 19 seconds as it shows more of Lloyd’s attempts to get a date. The short actually feels like a collection of deleted scenes. Some of the material should’ve made the end cut, especially since “Last Chance” gives us a better view of why Lloyd takes his sister to the prom; he just seems desperate in the theatrical film, but “Last Chance” makes him look noble. If nothing else, the shot in which he asks his sister to the dance should’ve been part of the final film.
Putting on Prom runs five minutes, 59 seconds and includes notes from director Joe Nussbaum, producer Justin Springer, screenwriter Katie Wech, and actors Yin Chang, Joe Adler, Nolan Soltillo, Nicholas Braun, Janelle Ortiz, DaVaughn Nixon, Kylie Bunbury, Aimee Teagarden, Raini Rodriguez, Danielle Campbell, and Thomas McDonell. We learn about the project’s roots and script, cast and performances, and cast/crew prom memories. The early moments about the film’s creation offer some nice notes, but the rest is pretty fluffy and superficial. Still, it breezes past quickly and is an easy watch.
Under Bloopers, we get a two-minute, 34-second reel. Should you expect anything other than goofs and giggles? Nope – it’s a completely forgettable collection.
Four Deleted Scenes fill a total of seven minutes, 44 seconds. We find “Simone and Tyler” (0:59), “Additional Archfield Escape” (0:41), “Jess at Tux Shop” (0:54) and “Additional Prom Scenes” (0:58). Virtually all of these offer minor character bits but nothing notable.
The overall running time of the deleted scenes becomes expanded by introductions from Nussbaum and Springer. They tell us background about the sequences and why they cut them. Their notes add some good info about the clips.
Finally, we get seven music videos. With a total running time of 24 minutes, 16 seconds, these include Allstar Weekend’s “Not Your Birthday”, Neon Trees’ “Your Surrender”, Moon’s “Time Stand”, Nolan Sotillo’s “We Could Be Anything” and “Juntos Lo Haremos Bien”, Those Dancing Days’ “I’ll Be Yours” and Girl in a Coma’s “Come On, Let’s Go”. Of all these, “Your Surrender” is probably the most interesting, if just because it involves new footage of the movie’s stars. Most of the others seem pretty ordinary
The disc opens with ads for The Muppets, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Cars 2. These also appear under Sneak Peeks along with promos for the Prom soundtrack, Shake It Up, and DisneyNature: African Cats. No trailer for Prom shows up here.
A second disc offers a DVD Copy of Prom. As always with Disney releases, this is a standard retail version of the platter. Some studios toss in old or dumbed-down discs, so it’s nice that the studio provides more value with their bonus DVDs.
A film meant for teens and younger, Prom probably won’t do much to stir fond memories among older folks. It delivers characters and plotlines that seem overly familiar and stale as it fails to do anything to endear itself to anyone but viewers too young to understand that the film’s so overly familiar and stale. The Blu-ray provides very good picture, decent audio and a smattering of mildly interesting supplements. The Blu-ray represents the movie well, but it’s not a memorable flick.