The film is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio and in 1080p high definition and you’d be surprised if it was not a top-notch transfer for a brand new film, meaning you can almost feel the spittle flying out of the screen and onto your face, as Fletcher screams at Andrew for the umpteenth time. I watched this on a Panasonic 50″ Plasma TV.
The sound is in DTS HD 5.1 and while it’s not a special FX movie, in a way… it sort-of it, as the drums carry a special weight all of their own. Yes, there’s not much in the way of split-surround sounds that I can remember, but what is here sounds fantastic.
The extras are as follows:
- Whiplash short film (9:28): The short film which led to the main movie being made, and which tightens everything down to its very core. JK Simmons is there as Fletcher, and it’s also written and directed by Damien Chazelle, but Andrew’s part is played by Johnny Simmons (no relation to JK, that I know of). This piece contains with optional commentary from the director and also a number of other crew members.
- Fletcher At Home (1:30): A brief deleted scene, again with optional commentary from Chazelle and another, unnamed crew member – presumably one from the aforementioned commentary, but their voices do sound very similar.
- An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival (7:50): An evening is a long time and presumably the audience have just watched Whiplash prior to doing a Q&A with Damien Chazelle, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, but with just a few questions answered by the trio, invigilated by Kerri Carddock, Director of Programming for the Toronto International Film Festival, this is a very short evening. I would’ve liked many more questions to be answered, here, especially since this is one of my favourite kind of extras – something that’ll never happen again as it was recorded at the time.
- Theatrical Trailer (2:10): In the original 2.35:1 ratio.
- Timekeepers (42:56): The director talks about how he got into drumming along with a number of famous drummers including Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Doane Perry (Jethro Tull), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band), Wally Ingram (Timbuk3) and Gina Schock (Go-Gos). If you want to learn a lot about the main instrument featured in this movie, this one is where they ‘drum’ up the business…. (sorry).
- Audio Commentary: with J.K. Simmons and director Damien Chazelle.
- Audio descriptive track: does what it says on the tin.
There are subtitles and languages in a fair few apiece, all listed at the bottom of the review.
The menu, surprisingly, is static and silent – just a shot of Miles Teller sat as his drumkit, as per the cover. Chapters are slightly more than the usual amount you get on most discs. There are 16, whereas a lot of distributors skimp on a mere 12.
Running time: 107 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
Released: June 8th 2015
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, all non-English languages vary betwween DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages: English, Czech, French, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazillian Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish.
Commentary Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, Portuguese
Disc Format: BD50
Director: Damien Chazelle
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster and Michel Litvak
Screenplay: Damien Chazelle
Music: Justin Hurwitz
Andrew: Miles Teller
Fletcher: JK Simmons
Jim: Paul Reiser
Nicole: Melissa Benoist
Ryan: Austin Stowell
Carl: Nate Lang
Uncle Frank: Chris Mulkey
Mr Kramer: Damon Gupton
Aunt Emma: Suanne Spoke
Dorm Neighbor: Max Kasch