50 First Dates: Special Edition DVD Review
PictureThe 2.40:1 anamorphic image is very good indeed and the tropical setting helps with stunning colours and contrasts. The print is clean from dirt and scratches as you would expect for such a new movie and detail is excellent throughout. The image never suffers from any softness and edge enhancement or digital compression is almost completely absent. Colours are rich and well saturated with blacks looking solid and containing plenty of shadow detail. Overall a very nice image indeed.
SoundFor a romantic comedy you expect the sound stage to be fixed squarely on the screen and apart from a few instances of surround use this Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix does exactly that. Music is nice and dynamic and dialogue is intelligible throughout, with only the occasional use of surrounds for ambiance and the score. There are however some hideous cover versions of classic songs contained within the soundtrack, so maybe this sound mix does us a favour or two. Overall it is a completely adequate soundtrack for the subject matter.
ExtrasExtras on this set are a little disappointing to be honest. The audio commentary falls to Director Segal and actress Barrymore and whilst they both provide a nice mix of humour and information there are also long stretches of silence. Next up are some short featurettes with are your usual PR Promos where everyone talks about the film and how brilliant every one is. Also included are trailers for Sandler's new album, a 7 minute Gag reel which is funny, 5 deleted scenes, music videos, Filmographies and trailers for the following movies; Seinfeld on DVD, Spider-Man 2, Hellboy, 13 Going on 30, Secret Window, White Chicks, The Company, Anger Management, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Big Daddy, Punch-Drunk Love, Mr. Deeds, 8 Crazy Nights and 50 First Dates
VerdictA return to form for Adam Sandler and a heartwarming and very funny movie. DVD presentation is good even if the extras are a little light, highly recommended.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £28.98
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