Shrink appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. This was a consistently ordinary transfer.
Sharpness was generally decent, but rarely seemed very good. The movie tended to display acceptable definition but not better than that. Though the occasional shot looked really tight, most were simply fair. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering appeared, and edge enhancement was absent. Source flaws weren’t an issue, though some artifacting and blockiness could occur.
Like the sharpness, colors appeared mediocre. The film went with a fairly amber tint that seemed acceptable but somewhat flat. Blacks were bland and somewhat flat, and shadows tended to be dense. While the flick boasted enough appealing images to get a “C+”, it was usually a pretty lackluster presentation.
Similar thoughts greeted the perfectly average Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Shrink. However, I couldn’t find much to criticize here, as the film’s focus meant that it didn’t need an active multichannel mix. Music showed good stereo imaging, and mild ambience also cropped up along the way. These used the different speakers in a minor manner but didn’t do much to expand the soundfield in an engaging way.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech occasionally seemed a bit stiff, but the lines were always intelligible and usually appeared reasonably natural. Effects were a minor factor but they sounded fairly accurate. Music worked best, as the score was acceptably lively and warm. Nothing special occurred here, so this was a “C” soundtrack.
The DVD comes with a mix of extras. We open with an audio commentary from director Jonas Pate and producer Braxton Pope. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at themes, story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, challenges related to the low-budget, independent production, music and cinematography, and a few other areas.
Overall, the commentary provides a good look at the production. Pate and Pope keep things moving well, and they infuse the chat with a fair amount of humor. They temper their irreverence with useful notes that allow this to become a solid commentary.
We hear more from that pair in some Interviews with Director Jonas Pate and Producer Braxton Pope. This program runs 22 minutes, 20 seconds, and includes notes about the script’s evolution and path to the screen, themes, story and other development issues, and cast and crew. Both men were taped separately. Pope starts, and his segment fills the program’s first 12 minutes, 10 seconds. We find a smattering of good notes here, but there’s a fair amount of repetition from the commentary. Still, it’s a decent piece.
Six Deleted Scenes run a total of seven minutes, 16 seconds. Most are minor character bits, though they do allow Shamus greater screen time and development. A couple of them accentuate the Hollywood side of the story; though unnecessary, they’re actually interesting. The other tidbits lack much purpose, as they tell us little that we don’t already know.
We also find a Music Video for “Here” from Jackson Browne. To call this a “music video” is an overstatement, as it just combines movie clips and shots of Browne in the studio. Both the song and the video are eminently forgettable.
The DVD opens with a few ads. We get clips for Goodbye Solo, The Stoning of Soraya M, The September Issue, Swimming with Sharks, Good Hair and Mad Men. These show up under “Also From Lionsgate” as well, and we get the film’s trailer too.
Despite an intriguing concept, Shrink provides a relentlessly dull experience. The movie comes with a good cast but lacks interesting characters and suffers from its attempt to fit in so many different personalities; with all these folks in tow, we never connect with any of them. The DVD offers average picture and audio along with a smattering of good extras. The movie fails to fulfill its potential and turns into a turgid, meandering mess.