The Peanut Butter Falcon Blu-ray review

Dec 10, 2019- Permalink

In The Peanut Butter Falcon, a young man with Down syndrome escapes from the assisted-living facility he lives in and begins a quest to train at the pro wrestling camp of his favourite wrestler, the Saltwater Redneck. He’s joined by an on-the-run fisherman and chased by a social worker. As their road adventure continues the pair try to convince the social worker to join them. The film received several festival awards and stars newcomer Zack Gottsagen, as well as Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal and Thomas Haden Church. I had a chance to review the Blu-ray release courtesy of Lionsgate.

The 1080p AVC-encoded Blu-ray transfer is presented in the theatrical release’s original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The image has good detail on facial features, fabrics and environments. The colour palette is naturalistic and black levels are deep. It’s a very nice looking transfer with no real evidence of digital noise or compression artifacts.

On the audio side, the U.S. version of the disc I received came with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. Subtitles were available in English SDH and Spanish. The Avengers aren’t in this film so you shouldn’t expect explosions and mayhem coursing through your surround speakers. What you should expect is a really nice ambient soundscape surrounding you with insects and rustling leaves. The score does not overpower and dialogue is clear and well-prioritized.

This is a low budget film, so don’t expect hours of extras. There’s a short “making of” video, a theatrical trailer and a photo gallery. A digital copy code is included.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a small film that garnered love at various film festivals. It’s a charming story with a really good cast and excellent audio and video presentations. Take a break from the blockbusters that monopolize cinemas and give this film some love and support by adding it to your home media library.