This Means War, with its garishly exaggerated colors, is served well by the high definition format. It looks good on Blu-ray, without ever rising to a jaw-dropping level. The image, framed at 2.40:1, contains a satisfying amount of fine detail. The hyperkinetic cinematography never really settles down enough to offer anything interesting to look at, but facial features register strongly during rare, lingering close-ups. Colors are extra bold and vibrant, apparently by design. It was shot on film, and the transfer displays a natural amount of grain.
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix is suitably bombastic during the action sequences. Dialogue is loud and clear during the quieter scenes, but it’s the gunplay and chase scenes that will have you cranking up your system (or turning it down, depending on the circumstances). Plenty of directional effects zip and zing around all the channels during these scenes, with an impressive amount of bass from the LFE channel as well. It’s not startling or unique in any way, just a solid surround sound presentation in lossless high definition.
Special features, should you truly desire more This Means War hijinks, include a commentary track by director McG, 15 very long minutes of deleted scenes, and no less than three alternate endings. Falling into the category of “deleted scene,” but listed separately as “Bachelorette Party,” is a series of bitchy, faux-funny comments by attendees of Lauren’s bachelorette party. This includes additional material with Chelsea Handler and a few bits from Whitney Cummings, if that trips your trigger. An “uncensored” gag reel includes nothing unacceptable for a PG-13 rating. All in all, there should be more than enough extra crap to look at for those who consider themselves fans of this movie. The Blu-ray contains the theatrical cut as well as an extended (by about six minutes) “unrated” cut.