This Is The End appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc.
For the most part, sharpness looked good. At times, wider shots tended to be a little soft, but those examples weren’t terribly intrusive. Much of the film appeared pretty accurate and concise.
No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained minor. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, End tended to stay with an amber feel. That meant we didn’t get a broad array of hues, but they looked fine for what the film attempted.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a pleasing presentation.
Similar thoughts greeted the good DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of End. I felt the soundscape delivered an involving experience in which the many action scenes offered a nice sense of impact.
The film packed plenty of these elements; we got many instances of gunfire, explosions, and other lively tidbits. Overall, the mix filled out the room in a satisfying manner.
Audio quality was positive. Speech came across as natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music showed good range, and effects offered a nice sense of impact.
These were the kind of loud, impressive elements one would anticipate, as they showed solid clarity. This was a positive soundtrack.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio added some kick and punch, while the visuals felt tighter and more dynamic. The DVD looked good for its format but the BD easily topped it.
The Blu-ray packs all the DVD’s extras along with plenty of exclusives. I’ll mark BD-only material in blue type.
We launch with an audio commentary from writer/director/actor Seth Rogen and writer/director Evan Goldberg. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, editing and deleted scenes, music, various effects, stunts and action.
Clearly comfortable with each other, Goldberg and Rogen mesh well for a commentary that proves to be both funny and informative. They shoot for laughs but do so in a natural manner and don’t let the comedy overwhelm, as they still provide a lot of notes about the film. They give us a likeable and useful piece.
Eight Deleted Scenes fill a total of 15 minutes, eight seconds. Most offer extensions to existing scenes and focus on additional banter among the main characters. They’re funny but they come with no new plot information.
Six featurettes follow, and Directing Your Friends runs six minutes, 30 seconds as it features Rogen, Goldberg, and actors Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and James Franco.
As expected, Rogen and Goldberg talk about what it was like to work with their pals; the actors discuss their side of the experience. The content tends to be fluffy, but at least we get some good shots from the set.
Meta-Apocalypse goes for seven minutes, 43 seconds and brings notes from Rogen, McBride, Goldberg, Franco, Hill, Robinson and Baruchel.
This program looks at the versions of themselves the actors play. We get some fun insights as well as unused dialogue.
Next comes Let’s Get Technical, a 10-minute, 44-second reel with Rogen, Goldberg, stunt coordinator Steven Ritzi and director of photography Brandon Trost.
Here we learn about photography/visual design and stunts/action. Expect a nice summary of these topics.
Party Time lasts 12 minutes, 54 seconds and features Goldberg, Rogen, Hill, Robinson, producer James Weaver, and actors Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd.
With “Time”, we get a look at the shoot of the star-packed party scene. It follows in the footsteps of “Meta” and becomes another good behind the scenes piece.
After this we find The Cannibal King, a four-minute, 25-second clip that includes McBride and actor Channing Tatum. Mostly we see outtakes from their scene together in this wacky reel.
The Making of “The Making of Pineapple Express 2” spans six minutes, 20 seconds and features Goldberg, Rogen, Franco, and McBride. It covers aspects of the movie’s homemade “sequel” to Pineapple Express and turns into another enjoyable piece.
Entitled Jay & Seth Vs. the Apocalypse, an Original Short goes for nine minutes, 58 seconds. A 2007 flick directed by Jason Stone, it acts as a precursor to End and becomes a cool addition to the disc. Don’t expect a ton of laughs, though, as it offers a darker take on the material.
A staple of some comedy discs, Line-O-Rama breaks into three domains for a total of 12 minutes, 34 seconds of footage. As usual, these segments offer alternate jokes, and they give us some funny material.
A Gag Reel runs six minutes, 16 seconds and shows some of the usual mistakes and laughs. However, it tosses in more alternate lines, so it’s above average for the format.
A mix of components show up under This Is the Marketing. “Marketing Outtakes” (6:38) lets us view bloopers from advertising sessions.
Four promotional “confessionals” also appear: “James and Danny” (1:17), “Jonah” (1:16), “Seth and Jay” (0:56), and “Aziz Haunts Craig” (1:02). These show the characters as they speak to video cameras and reveal their feelings.
“The Cast” (3:43) includes comments from Rogen, Franco, Baruchel, Robinson, Goldberg, Hill and McBride, as they give us a general synopsis of the movie.
Finally, the “Redband Sizzle Trailer” (1:52) offers uncensored film clips mixed with a few remarks from Rogen, Franco, Baruchel and Hill. The “Marketing” components vary in entertainment level, with the “Outtakes” at the top of the list.
The disc opens with ads for White House Down, Elysium and The Kings of Summer. Previews also adds promos for Insidious Chapter 2, In a World and The To Do List.
A second disc brings a DVD copy of End. It includes the limited roster of extras found on the version linked earlier.
Maybe its fun premise and star-studded cast elevated expectations too high, but This Is the End doesn’t totally deliver the goods. It does come with laughs and reasonable entertainment value, but the final result lacks the consistency to become a genuinely fine film. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio along with a broad roster of bonus materials. I like the flick enough to recommend it, but don’t anticipate greatness.
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