Time Lapse appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, this became a satisfying presentation.
Sharpness came across well. Any softness tended to be minor and infrequent, so the end product delivered solid delineation. I saw no signs of jaggies or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. No print flaws could be found either.
Colors tended toward a teal/greenish tint. This could appear artificial but the tones worked fine within the movie’s design choices. Blacks were fine, as they seemed reasonably dense, and shadows showed reasonable clarity. In the end, the image looked positive.
I also felt pleased with the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, though I couldn’t call it great. While the soundscape offered reasonable breadth, the elements didn’t combine in an especially immersive manner. Different components cropped up around the room in logical spots but movement and integration weren’t as strong as I’d like. Still, these pieces gave the soundfield reasonable involvement and kick.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was fairly distinctive and lacked notable flaws like crackling, while music showed pretty good range and clarity. Effects came across as dynamic and full, with powerful low-end when necessary. I liked this track well enough for a “B”.
As we shift to extras, we find two separate audio commentaries. For the first, we hear from writer/director Bradley King and writer BP Cooper. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character domains, cast and performances, music and editing, sets and locations, budget challenges, effects and related topics.
While this becomes a reasonably informative chat, it never rises above that level. King and Cooper cover the appropriate topics and make this a fairly engaging chat, but it just doesn’t become especially memorable. This ends up as a good but not great piece.
For the second track, we again hear from King and Cooper, this time in what they call the “Filmmaking 101” Commentary. In this one, they discuss more topics related to the creation of Time Lapse, though with a bit more of a technical orientation than presented in the first commentary.
That becomes an odd choice, as King and Cooper present the “Filmmaking 101” commentary as a primer on indie movie making. I expected something of a “how-to” guide to let rookies know how they can shoot their work on the cheap.
Instead, “Filmmaking 101” really just becomes an expansion of the first commentary. Not that this is a bad thing, as King and Cooper continue to offer a fairly interesting and informative look at Time Lapse. It’s worth a listen for fans of the flick, but it won’t act as a tutorial for wannabe movie creators.
Two Deleted Scenes appear: “Callie in the Kitchen” (1:38) and “Mr. B Flashback” (2:22). “Kitchen” offers some basic character interactions; it offers nothing in terms of story but at least shows some positive relationships among the leads, a factor lacking in the final cut. “Flashback” gives us a bit of exposition but seems useful mainly because it allows John Rhys-Davies to actually appear on screen; in the finished film, we don’t see him in anything other than photos.
We can view the scenes with or without commentary from King and Cooper. They tell us a little about the sequences and let us know why the clips didn’t show up in the film. Their notes add some good details.
A Behind the Scenes Featurette goes for 22 minutes, 52 seconds and offers notes from Cooper, King, art assistant Alyson Lippert, art director Zander Fieschko, lead fabricator David Mendoze, fabricator Thibault Pelletier, line producer Sarah Craig and director’s assistant Kim Carney. The show covers the project’s origins and development, pre-production, locations, props and set details, cast and performances, music, and screening the film.
For the most part, this piece offers something of a video diary. It concentrates on footage from the set; the comments add to the experience but this is mostly a direct look at the shoot. It turns into an enjoyable view of the subject matter.
The disc opens with an ad for The Machine. We also find a trailer for Time Lapse.
With a story that offers a clever twist on the standard time travel narrative, I went into Time Lapse with high hopes. Unfortunately, it seems so relentlessly morose and somber that it becomes a drag without much to involve the viewer. The Blu-ray provides good picture and audio along with some informative bonus materials. Sci-fi fans may find something worthwhile in Time Lapse, but it largely leaves me cold.