P.S. I Love You Blu-ray Review
PictureThe blu-ray disc is presented as a 1080P/VC-1 transfer in a 2.40:1 ratio. Right from the start there is a disappointing amount of grain visible in the film. This remains throughout the movie. The blacks are merely adequate and the contrast never punches with any weight. This is quite disappointing as there is never any sense of depth to the film. The colours are fairly vibrant, appearing solid and rich but this is not enough to compensate for the lack of video quality elsewhere. The colour scales are also not completely accurate so the flesh tones remain slightly off. Detail on the other hand is good with both indoor and outdoor shots picking up good levels of detail in the image. Whilst the overall image is solid enough, the lack of depth and dimensionality is a major disappointment. The source of this movie should really have contributed to better than what is delivered here. All in all it's a flat and lifeless presentation.
SoundThe English soundtrack is mixed as Dolby TrueHD 5.1 with French and Spanish languages being offered as Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes only. As with most romantic type of movies, the focus is centred on the dialogue. Speech is vibrant and clear and remains so throughout the movie. The mix is however unadventurous with the centre and front soundstage dominating the proceedings. The rears only come into use with the outbreak of background music and it's not as enveloping as it really could have been. There's not much bass or low end to speak of though the dynamic frequency for both music and dialogue seems to have been covered in an adequate range. Even so, the soundtrack has to be considered as plain vanilla and although it can't really be criticised too heavily, it is slightly below par for the course. A bit of inventiveness with the music and better placement across the rears wouldn't have been too much more to ask for and would have helped spruce the audio up quite a bit.
ExtrasThere are four extras to choose from the special features menu.
A conversation with Author Cecelia Ahern - (7mins 33secs) A one on one interview with Cecelia Ahern including interviews with some of the lead cast. She explains how she began writing at 14 and how this her first novel was completed at the age of 21. The interview is presented in HD.
The name of the game is Snaps - (4mins 49secs) A rather strange black & white featurette about how the game of snaps is played. Not sure what the relevance of this was to the movie and its insertion in the extras is pretty pointless.
Additional Footage - (12mins 19secs) A number of additional scenes that were deleted from the film. The most interesting of these is a scene where Gerry Kennedy goes to a travel agent to arrange the trip to Ireland for Holly before he dies. The film itself never shows Gerry writing his letters or him sorting out his post-death arrangements. This particular scene gives an indication of what the movie may have been like if it had included Gerry doing these things. It's not very good and it's probably for the best it was deleted as is with all the other deleted scenes.
Music Video - (3mins 51secs) The music video of “Same Mistake” by James Blunt.
VerdictP.S I Love You, is labelled as a romantic comedy and it's a film that attempts to be a light hearted affair. It's based upon the novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern which she wrote at the tender age of 21. That's quite a young age for a writer and it maybe is the reason why this her first novel feels a little shallow at times in its movie form. Unfortunately the first half of the movie is actually far too dark and sombre and what ensues never really recovers from that.
The performances from the leading cast are unspectacular and I doubt whether Gerard Butler or Hilary Swank will be involved in romantic comedies again from the strength of their showings on offer here. Neither was convincing. The film also probably runs for 30-40 minutes too long. The blu-ray disc is an unspectacular video presentation and the audio nor the extras have enough in them to elevate it sufficiently to warrant a high definition purchase.
If you're after a chick flick that is not quite the norm then in some ways it's probably worth a watch. However, it fails to engage as a romantic comedy and it also fails to engage as a serious romantic movie. The end result becomes a bland, harmless, muted and sensitive movie. I would suggest a rental before you consider a purchase.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £22.31
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