A Walk in the Woods appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Despite a few minor distractions, the image mostly looked good.
Overall sharpness appeared positive. Occasional instances of soft shots materialized, but not with frequency or severity. Instead, the majority of the flick seemed well-defined. I saw no jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to appear.
Given the movie’s setting, it went with a natural – and logical – palette. The colors looked full and rich, with nice clarity. Blacks were dark and tight, and shadows were mostly fine; a few low-light shots seemed a bit thick, but not to a substantial degree. This ended up as a satisfactory presentation.
I also liked the pleasing DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Walk. As expected, the mix emphasized outdoors ambience, so most of it stayed in the realm of general environmental material. A few scenes added more impact, such as a massive snowstorm, and those gave the mix some pizzazz. Mostly it stuck with natural atmosphere, and that was fine with me.
Audio quality seemed positive. Speech remained concise and distinctive, while music offered smooth, vivid material. Effects appeared accurate and full, with good low-end response. The track made sense for the story.
Among a handful of extras, we find a few featurettes. The Appalachian Trail runs four minutes, 31 seconds and includes comments from director Ken Kwapis, producer Chip Diggins, producer/screenwriter Bill Holderman and actors Nick Nolte and Robert Redford. We hear about story/characters as well as the Trail itself. This is essentially a promotional piece for the Trail, so only a few informative nuggets emerge.
During the three-minute, 19-second Take a Hike with a Legendary Cast, we hear from Kwapis, Redford, Diggins, Nolte, and Holderman. We get basic thoughts about various actors. Expect more praise and fluffiness.
Sounds of A Walk in the Woods lasts four minutes, 33 seconds and features Kwapis, Diggins, Nolte, Redford and Holderman. They deliver short notes about the movie’s songs and score, but mostly this acts as a promo piece to sell the soundtrack. Like the other featurettes, it’s a snoozer.
Next we get Take a Hike Trail Tips. It gives us an interactive map that shows scenic imagery and quotes from the movie. I thought “Tips” would offer actual advice for hikers, but it doesn’t, so it becomes a weird waste of time.
Under Outtakes, we see a two-minute, 31-second reel. This offers a blooper collection with the usual goofs and giggles. It’s mostly forgettable, but some alternate lines from Kristen Schaal add value.
The disc opens with ads for Learning to Drive, 99 Homes, Break Point and I Smile Back. Also from Broadgreen Pictures adds promos for Samba, Eden and 10,000 km. No trailer for Walk appears here, though we do get a PSA from Robert Redford.
An excellent cast holds our interest throughout A Walk in the Woods, but the rest of the movie plods. Though the actors keep us with the tale, it remains a disappointment due to its thin plot and meandering nature. The Blu-ray provides positive picture and audio as well as a poor set of bonus materials. I found mild entertainment in Walk but think it could – and should – have been better.