Romance on the High Seas appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.37:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a strong transfer.
Sharpness looked solid. Next to no softness materialized, as the image remained crisp and well-defined.
No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. With a nice layer of grain, I suspected no intrusive digital noise reduction, and print flaws failed to mar the presentation.
Given its mix of exotic settings, Seas enjoyed a broad palette, and the hues looked solid. The colors came across as consistently full and vivid.
Blacks seemed dark and rich, while contrast appeared appealing. Shadows came across as smooth and concise. Warner Bros. usually does right by these older movies, and Seas offered another fine image.
While not in the same league as the picture, the DTS-HD monaural soundtrack of Seas also worked well. Speech seemed reasonably accurate and distinct, with no issues related to intelligibility, though Day’s singing could seem a little brittle at times.
Music came across as fairly bright and lively, though dynamic range seemed limited given the restrictions of the source. Effects were similarly modest but they showed good clarity and accuracy within the confines of 72-year-old stems. This was a more than adequate auditory presentation for an older movie.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find two short films. We get Hare Splitter (7:09) and Let’s Sing a Song From the Movies (10:43).
In Hare, Bugs Bunny competes with another rabbit for a date with Daisy. When she proves unavailable, Bugs pretends to be Daisy to scare off his rival.
The plot makes even less sense than that as executed, especially because Bugs barely tries to look female. Still, the short comes with some laughs, even if I wouldn’t consider it a Looney Tunes classic.
As for Song, we get a montage reel that offers musical performances from a few movies – and reprised renditions of these tunes by the Melody Makers. This format probably worked for audiences in 1948 given that they couldn’t access the source movies easily, but it seems like a dull presentation now.
It doesn’t help that the movies/songs presented come with no logical connection, and the performances by the Melody Makers are bland and “white” as could be. At least their attempts to sing “Black dialect” for “Am I Blue?” brings unintentional comedy.
Note that both shorts look surprisingly bad. Both seem to come from lower-resolution sources and suffer from a lot of rough edges.
Song Selection offers a form of chapter search. It allows the viewer to skip to any of the movie’s 11 musical performances. I don’t care about this function, but others may enjoy it.
For her cinematic debut, Doris Day shows the wit and charm that made her a star. Romance on the High Seas boasts plenty of entertainment value via other elements as well, all of which make it a light and lively effort. The Blu-ray boasts excellent picture as well as positive audio and a few bonus materials. Seas offers a likable rom-com.