Magnolia Home Entertainment brings The Perfect Host to Blu-ray in a modest 1080p 1.78:1 transfer. The film was shot in only 17 days and with a RED One Camera, so the whole picture has a rather flat feeling to it here and there. It’s still pretty good, however, boasting some fine detail, colors and contrast. The disc’s English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is similar: it delivers, but isn’t altogether praiseworthy. Optional English (SDH) and Spanish subtitles are also included, as are short special features. The first is a Standard-Def “Making of The Perfect Host” (10-min) with creator Nick Tomnay, while the other is an HDNet promo piece entitled “A Look at The Perfect Host” (5-min). A couple of trailers are also on-hand.
Oddly enough, The Host (2001), the original short film that inspired this big-screen version, is nowhere to be seen here — an omission that has me wanting to host a special dinner party of my own with whomever opted not to include it. Alas, I suppose we’ll all just have to live with it, and the lack of the source material should not dissuade potential viewers from checking out this mini-masterpiece.