Safety Not Guaranteed appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This was a consistently positive presentation.
Only a smidgen of softness ever interfered with the presentation. I noticed a few slightly ill-defined shots, but most of the movie displayed solid clarity and delineation. Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
In terms of palette, Safety went with a mildly stylized palette. Some shots opted for a light golden tone, while others had more of a teal impression. None of the tints seemed dominant, though, so they didn’t stand out in a negative way, and the colors were well-rendered. Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots boasted nice clarity. Though I thought the image was a little below “A”-level standards, it still was more than satisfying.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it worked pretty well. The audio tended to be somewhat restrained most of the time, but some sequences – such as at a football game or at shooting practice – opened up the spectrum in a satisfying manner. Cars and other elements moved around the room, while other effects added a good sense of ambience.
Audio quality was perfectly acceptable. Speech showed nice clarity and naturalism, and music was reasonably distinctive and dynamic. Effects lacked much to stand out, but they appeared accurate, and they showed mild punch when necessary. All of this seemed good enough for a “B-“.
Only a handful of extras appear here. A Movie Making Mission goes for 15 minutes, 16 seconds and provides notes from director Colin Trevorrow and actors Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni. “Mission” looks at script/story/characters, cast and performances, music, props, and some shoot specifics. “Mission” is too short to be a deep program, but it includes a decent number of details and insights.
The Ad Behind the Movie lasts two minutes, 18 seconds and features author/original ad writer John Silveira. He talks about the classified that inspired the movie’s story. It’s a brief but informative piece.
The disc opens with ads for Looper, Robot & Frank, Playing for Keeps, and Now Is Good. These also appear under Previews. No trailer for Safety shows up here.
Despite its occasional threats to become too quirky for its own good, Safety Not Guaranteed works well during most of its running time. The film mixes interesting characters, quality performances and a nice mix of comedy and drama. The Blu-ray provides solid picture and good audio but lacks substantial bonus materials. The absence of supplements puts Safety in the “rental” category, but it remains a movie I recommend.