They Came Together appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a solid visual presentation.
From start to finish, sharpness looked strong. Only the slightest hint of softness affected wide shots, and those examples occurred too infrequently to cause problems. Instead, the film looked concise and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a palette that favored a golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive, as they showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked great.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Together seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides. Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, but most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
Despite the movie’s low profile, the Blu-ray comes with a pretty substantial collection of extras. We open with an audio commentary from director/co-writer David Wain and producer/co-writer Michael Showalter, both of whom sit together for this running, screen-specific piece. They discuss the project's roots and development, story/character/script areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, editing and deleted scenes, music and connected topics.
Wain and Showalter deliver a consistently satisfying commentary. They spice up the proceedings with light humor but also make sure we get a lot of good details about the production. The track moves well and provides an engaging, worthwhile chat.
During the 23-minute, 59-second They All Came Together, we hear from Wain, Showalter, director of photography Tom Houghton, and actors Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni, Max Greenfield, Jason Mantzoukas and Ellie Kemper. The piece looks at the movie’s origins and development, story/character areas, sets and locations, visual design and cinematography, cast and performances, and the construction of the final film. “All” gives us a good overview of the production and becomes an enjoyable piece.
The San Francisco Sketchfest Table Read lasts one hour, 43 minutes, and 58 seconds. As discussed in “All”, this staging occurred before the movie got the greenlight, so it gives us a semi-rough version of the tale with a lot of alternate actors; for instance, Zandy Hartig plays Molly here, while Poehler portrays friend Wanda. Fans of the flick will be happy to check out this take on the material.
32 Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 34 minutes, 23 seconds. That’s a whole lot of footage, and much of it offers unique material. While we get some extensions and alternate takes, we also find a fair amount of new situations and jokes. For instance, we see an entire deleted subplot in which Jake and Wanda date. This becomes a fun compilation of clips.
The disc opens with ads for Girl Most Likely, The Switch, Draft Day and My Man Is a Loser. We also find the trailer for Together.
With a terrific cast on-board, They Came Together manages occasional amusement. However, it comes with such a thin premise that it can’t sustain our attention, even with a brief 84-minute running time. The Blu-ray provides excellent visuals as well as acceptable audio and a strong collection of bonus materials. Parts of the film entertain but it lacks consistency.