Spring Breakdown appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, single-layered disc; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Maybe I’ve gotten too used to Blu-ray – or maybe this was a drab transfer. I’m going with the latter.
Sharpness varied. Some scenes came across as a bit blocky, and compression artifacts created somewhat muddy definition at times, but the flick generally seemed reasonably well-defined. I saw some light shimmering and jagged edges, and minor edge enhancement cropped up as well. As for source flaws, a few specks appeared but that was it.
Colors appeared decent at best. The general murkiness meant that they lacked much vivacity and tended to seem somewhat runny. Blacks followed suit, as dark elements looked muddy, and shadows were too dense. Low-light shots came across as dull and somewhat tough to discern. The image was good enough for a “C-“, but that was it.
Similar thoughts greeted the decidedly unambitious Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Breakdown. At no point did the soundfield muster much to make it memorable. The mix emphasized general atmosphere and nothing more. We got good stereo music and the effects added a little environmental material, but those elements failed to add much. The surrounds remained passive as well. Beach parties added a little material but not much. This was a bland soundscape.
At least audio quality was fine. Music showed good range and delineation, with nice clarity throughout the film. Speech seemed natural and concise, and effects fell into the same range. Those elements never pushed the envelope, but they were perfectly adequate. The sound was acceptable for a comedy of this sort.
We find a smattering of extras here. First comes an audio commentary from writer/director Ryan Shiraki and actor/writer Rachel Dratch. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at why they created the film, cast and performances, locations, costumes and production design, inspirations, music, and some other production tidbits.
All the irony I thought was absent from the flick’s third act shows up in this snarky commentary. Actual filmmaking information pops up infrequently, as Shiraki and Dratch prefer to maintain their Sense of Ironic Distance from the tale. A few amusing moments result, but the track usually comes across as slow and tedious.
Four Deleted Scenes run a total of two minutes, 53 seconds. The longest shows an extended version of the therapy session with Judi and William. We also see a little more Becky and Ashley at South Padre, Becky at work, and the three friends on their earlier spring breaks. None are exciting, but all are amusing.
Next comes a two-minute and three-second Gag Reel. Should you expect more than the usual goofs and giggles? Nope. If that works for you, have fun!
A few ads open the disc. We get clips for He’s Just Not That Into You, Ace Ventura, Jr. Pet Detective, Yes Man, 17 Again and Blu-ray Disc. No trailer for Breakdown appears here.
Essentially Old School with women, Spring Breakdown sputters at times, especially during its second half. Nonetheless, it boasts a great cast and enough good comedy to prosper. The DVD offers erratic picture, average audio and lackluster supplements. I like the movie enough to recommend it, but don’t expect a great DVD.