The Sitter appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This wasn’t a poor image, but it seemed spottier than expected.
Sharpness became the major issue. Much of the film showed good clarity and accuracy, but more than a handful of soft shots materialized, and these caused distractions. No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create problems, as this was a clean transfer.
In terms of colors, Sitter tended to stay with a natural palette. Occasional stylized moments emerged, but these didn’t dominate, so I couldn’t point out any specific prominent tint. Overall, the colors appeared pretty clear and concise. Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Most of the image worked well, but the more than occasional soft spots made it a “C+”.
At least the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of The Sitter seemed more consistently satisfying, if not dazzling. The film came with a few action scenes, and those fleshed out the spectrum reasonably well. They added a bit of pizzazz to the proceedings and helped fill out the room. The back speakers mostly focused on general ambience, though a few of those louder scenes opened up the proceedings pretty well and used the surrounds in an effective manner. At no point did the mix really impress, but it had decent involvement to it.
Audio quality was always good. Speech sounded crisp and distinctive, and music followed suit. The score was consistently lively and full. Effects also demonstrated nice vivacity and accuracy, with decent bass response along the way. This was a perfectly solid mix for a comedy with occasional action overtones.
With that we head to the extras. Note that the Blu-ray includes two cuts of the film. It gives us the Theatrical Version (1:21:14) as well as an unrated “Totally Irresponsible Edition” (1:27:04). I’d love to tell you the differences, but since I only watched the longer version and this represented my initial viewing of the flick, I can’t relate the changes. Nonetheless, I wanted to mention the presence of the two cuts.
10 Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes run a total of 25 minutes, 54 seconds. Of these, five are extended, four are deleted, and we finish with an alternate ending. (Some of the “deleted” sequences will become “extended” if you watch the unrated edition of the film, though.)
The cut material gives us a mix of highs and lows. On the negative side, there’s a much too long intro to Noah and Marisa; it ladles out exposition and drags. The alternate ending seems fairly lame, too, and doesn’t add anything entertaining.
Otherwise, we find some amusing material. “Karl’s Back Room” seems pretty good, if just because we get more of the delightful chemistry between Sam Rockwell and JB Smoove, and those two also help make some of the other clips enjoyable. Though spotty, the clips are worth a look.
Next comes a two-minute, 37-second Gag Reel. It mostly delivers the usual goofs and giggles, but a few alternate lines pop up as well. Those add a bit of value to the enterprise.
Under Sits-N-Giggles, we get a three-minute, nine-second compilation. This shows more alternate lines. These are usually pretty meh, but we get a few fun reads.
For Your Consideration gives us another piece from the set. It runs one minute, one second and lets us see Green as he feeds lines to actor Landry Bender. Like its predecessors, it provides some minor entertainment.
After this we get a behind the scenes featurette. The Making of The Sitter fills 15 minutes, 23 seconds with comments from actor/executive producer Jonah Hill, director David Gordon Green, and actors Landry Bender, Max Records, Kevin Hernandez, JB Smoove, and Sam Rockwell. They discuss a few aspects of shooting the film, but don’t expect much hard data. Instead, this one remains pretty light and it usually sticks with shots from the set. Those are reasonably interesting but not great.
Finally, Jonah the Producer goes for four minutes, 59 seconds and includes Hill and producer Michael De Luca. We see Hill’s work on the set, with everything played for laughs. It becomes mildly amusing and that’s about it.
The disc opens with ads for The Three Stooges, Immortals and This Means War. These also pop under Sneak Peek along with a clip for Wilfred. The Blu-ray throws in the trailer for Sitter as well.
Though I can’t say I’ve been a big fan of either Jonah Hill or director David Gordon Green, the pair combine to make a darned funny movie with The Sitter. Despite a theme that’s been beaten to death and some sections that occasionally sag, the film has plenty of good laughs to carry it. The Blu-ray provides positive audio but picture quality seems a little iffy, and the supplements are hit or miss as well. While I’m not bowled over by the Blu-ray, the flick’s fun enough for my recommendation.