Two Lovers appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though not a terrible presentation, the image seemed oddly bland.
Sharpness appeared generally positive, though not great. This meant the movie showed decent to good delineation but it lacked particularly impressive definition.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects materialized, but light edge haloes cropped up through the film. I saw no print flaws, however.
In terms of colors, Lovers opted for a dingy mix of amber and teal. I guess the hues matched design choices, but they felt oddly bland.
Blacks leaned inky, and shadows felt a bit thick. Again, the image never flopped, but it worked less well than I’d expect from a film from 2008.
On the other hand, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack offered more of a kick than anticipated for a character drama. Not that anyone should expect anything demo-worthy, but the mix seemed reasonably immersive.
This meant that scenes on streets or in clubs or the like offered decent involvement. The score boasted nice stereo presence, and the track even opted for some localized lines at times.
Audio quality worked fine, with speech that appeared concise and distinctive. Music showed positive range and oomph.
Effects didn’t boast a lot of theatrics, but they came across as accurate and full. This turned into a surprisingly engaging track.
A few extras appear, and the primary attraction comes from an audio commentary with writer/director James Gray. He provides a running, screen-specific look at the project’s origins and development, story/characters, influences, cast and performances, sets and locations, music and sound design, photography, editing and costumes.
Gray provides a pretty terrific commentary here, as he digs into the movie with lots of insights. I could live without his occasional vocal impersonations of others, but nonetheless, Gray delivers a consistently informative chat.
Behind the Scenes runs seven minutes, four seconds. It features info from Gray, producer Donna Gigliotti, and actors Vinessa Shaw, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Moni Moshonov.
We get notes about story/characters, cast and performances, an Gray’s impact on the shoot. This becomes a passable but fairly superficial overview.
Three Deleted Scenes span a total of nine minutes, 22 seconds. Two show more character beats with Leonard and the other introduces a bookie role cut from the film.
The last one feels out of nowhere, while the other two just add nothing memorable. Text from Gray precedes each scenes and tells us why he cut them.
Next we get a Photo Gallery that offers 33 shots. These mix images from the production with movie stills. Don’t expect anything interesting.
Finally, A Look At Two Lovers goes for four minutes, 32 seconds. Produced for HDNet, it brings info from Gray and Shaw.
We get some story/character basics. This acts as a simple promo piece.
The disc opens with ads for The Life Before Her Eyes, What Just Happened, Flawless and Mutant Chronicles. No trailer for Lover appears here.
Despite a solid cast, Two Lovers becomes a sub-mediocre melodrama. It brings nothing new to the table and turns into a consistent bore. The Blu-ray offers oddly bland visuals, fairly good audio and a smattering of bonus materials. Don’t expect much from this dull drama.