Why Him? appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the movie looked attractive.
Sharpness was solid. Virtually no softness materialized, so this become a concise presentation. I saw no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws were a non-factor, as I witnessed no specks, marks or other debris.
Colors were good. The series opted for a fairly teal and orange palette and the Blu-ray replicated these tones in an appealing manner. Black levels were appropriately deep, and shadows seemed clear and well-rendered. I thought the visuals proved to be pleasing.
The DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Him suited the story pretty well but won't win any awards. The soundstage appeared nicely broad at the appropriate times and could be moderately engulfing on occasion.
It's a talky little movie for the most part so the focus was mainly up front, but the audio expanded when necessary. Music broadened well, and effects occasionally used the spectrum in a satisfying way via elements like a party and general craziness. None of this made it a consistently active track, but it had its moments.
Sound quality seemed fine. Dialogue always appeared crisp and natural, and I had no trouble understanding it. Music was warm and distinctive, and effects also seemed realistic and more than adequate for the tasks at hand. All of this made the mix a solid “B”.
When we shift to extras, we open with an audio commentary from writer/director John Hamburg, writer Ian Helfer and editor William Kerr. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, music, editing and deleted scenes, stunts and related domains.
Chatty and engaging, the commentary works pretty well. While it never becomes truly fascinating, the discussion still gives us a nice array of thoughts about the production and turns into a useful look at the film.
A few featurettes follow, and these begin with 47 Minutes on the Can. It runs six minutes, 39 seconds and includes comments from Hamburg, producer Dan Levine, and actors Keegan-Michael Key and Bryan Cranston.
“Can” looks at the creation of the movie sequence with Ned on the toilet. It’s a terrible scene but the featurette gives us a pretty interesting examination of its.
During the four-minute, 23-second Why Gustav?, we get a mix of outtakes. As implied by the title, these focus on Key’s character and offer multiple alternate takes from the actor. Some mild amusement results.
Barb Fleming: America’s Mom goes for five minutes, 44 seconds and offers a piece similar to “Gustav”. In this one, we get more outtakes that revolve around Megan Mullaly’s Barb character. Like “Gustav”, it creates a moderately entertaining program.
Next comes Lou the Entertainer, a four-minute, 27-second reel that gives us lines from actor Cedric the Entertainer. Yup – it comes in the same vein as the two prior pieces, and it becomes another decent look at unused takes.
Finally, Richard Blais: Twisted Chef lasts one minute, 46 seconds. As one would guess, it gives us outtakes from Blais. It’s similar to its predecessors.
Nine Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 31 minutes, 19 seconds. That means we get a lot of new footage, both in the form of unique sequences as well as extensions to existing segments.
Some of these actually offer important development, mainly via a long “Secret Santa” segment. That allows for the characters to move down paths largely left out of the movie.
Other interesting elements come from a longer Kiss scene in which Gene Simmons speculates about Laird’s parentage. Unlike much of the movie, it’s actually semi-amusing. We also find a drone sequence featured prominently in trailers but left out of the final flick.
Not everything goes anywhere, so expect a slow, pointless excursion from Larid’s holiday party toast. Still, I appreciate the fact most of the deleted scenes offer fairly substantial footage instead of the usual nothingness found in most packages of cut material.
A Gag Reel fills nine minutes, 58 seconds. That’s a lot of goofs and silliness, and most of the reel seems forgettable. However, a few improvs/alternate lines add a little value.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we get a Gallery. It presents 44 photos that mix movie images with shots from the set. It’s a decent collection but nothing special.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Him. It includes most of the Blu-ray’s extras, though it drops the trailer and includes fewer deleted scenes.
If you expect Why Him? to provide a coherent, creative comedy, you’ll find disappointment. Moronic, stale and pointless, the movie delivers virtually no laughs. The Blu-ray offers excellent visuals along with good audio and a decent set of bonus features. Him turns into a pretty awful movie.