Welcome to Marwen appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie boasted a pleasing image.
Overall sharpness worked well. Some wider shots veered a smidgen toward the soft side, but they remained in the minority during this largely accurate presentation.
I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to become an issue.
Like most modern movies, Marwen went a lot of teal and amber. Predictable as the colors tended to be, the Blu-ray rendered them in an appropriate manner.
Blacks looked dark and deep, while shadows seemed smooth and concise. I felt happy with this high-quality presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it added involvement to the proceedings. The five channels used music in an involving manner, and various effects also broadened the soundscape in a moderate way.
While not a film packed with action, Marwen came to life enough to work the speakers well. Various vehicles and elements of violence moved around the room in a convincing pattern to contribute some life to the tale.
Audio quality worked well. Speech seemed concise and distinctive, while effects appeared accurate and natural. Louder moments – such as from various weapons and vehicles – boasted fine punch.
Music was warm and full, with a good level of punch from percussive elements. All of this left us with a satisfactory “B” soundtrack.
Eight Deleted Scenes fill a total of 11 minutes, 22 seconds. Most of these offer short additions to existing sequences, and even the new segments don’t give us compelling material. These exist as semi-superfluous clips.
Four featurettes follow, and we start with Marwen’s Citizens. The three-minute, 51-second piece offers notes from writer/director Robert Zemeckis and actors Janelle Monae, Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, Eiza Gonzalez, and Merritt Wever.
“Citizens” looks at characters, cast and performances. Other than some good shots from the set, this becomes a superficial program.
With A Visionary Director, we find a four-minute, 53-second show with Gonzalez, Christie, Monae, Carell, Robert Zemeckis, Mann, Kruger, producers Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke, production designer Stefan Dechant, costume designer Joanna Johnston, composer Alan Silvestri, and executive producer Jacqueline Levine.
As expected, “Visionary” tells us about the greatness of Robert Zemeckis. As expected, it emphasizes happy talk and lacks much substance.
Building Marwen spans four minutes, three seconds and includes Carell, Starkey, Dechant, Robert Zemeckis, Johnston, Monae, Gonzalez, Mann, set designer Hamish Purdy, doll poser D. Martin Myatt, miniature effects supervisor Dave Asling, and hair department head/doll hair designer Anne Morgan.
This show looks at the dolls and sets involved in the movie’s “Marwen” universe. Despite some happy talk, we get a decent view of the details involved.
Finally, Living Dolls goes for four minutes, two seconds and includes Robert Zemeckis, Starkey, Carell, Mann, Christie, visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie, and associate producer Derek Hogue.
“Dolls” gives us a take on various mocap and effects techniques featured in the movie. Like “Building”, we get a little too much fluff, but the behind the scenes glimpses compensate.
The disc opens with ads for Second Act, The Upside, On the Basis of Sex, Arctic and Backdraft 2. No trailer for Marwen appears here.
With an intriguing premise based on a fascinating real-life story as well as a talented cast/crew, Welcome to Marwen prompted reasonably high expectations. Unfortunately, it dashed these, as the film offers a mawkish, erratic and melodramatic affair. The Blu-ray brings positive picture and audio as well as minor supplements. Marwen never finds its groove.