The real comic potential would’ve been in seeing Durant screwing up. Instead we just get a few brief shots of real game clips with Durant missing the odd shot or free throw. On the other hand, the cast is appealing and unaffected. Durant won’t win any acting awards for this, but he underplays to good effect. He’s not trying to be funny or cool. He simply maintains a natural, likable presence.
Thunderstruck looks fine on Blu-ray with a 1080p, AVC-encoded transfer. Sharp focus, adequate lighting, no visual artifacts, and realistic colors make this a hard image to criticize. It wasn’t very artfully shot and therefore not interesting to look at, but for what it is, this presentation is without problems. The same can be said for the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Nothing stands out as exceptional, but there is some effective surround activity during the basketball scenes. Dialogue clarity is never a concern. LFE presence is a bit light, but not to the film’s detriment.
A few supplemental features are included. Four short featurettes, all basically promotional fluff, offer some glimpses behind-the-scenes. We meet the enthusiastic young cast and get to hear lots of praise of Durant’s acting ability. About five minutes of deleted scenes offer a few bland bits from the cutting room floor. There’s nothing special here, but it’s nice that Warner at least included a few tidbits that kids might enjoy.