Stepford Wives (2004) DVD Review
PictureUniversal has presented Stepford Wives in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is anamorphically enhanced. The print is above average in terms of sharpness with only a few occasional long shots showing any signs of softness. Colours are bright and vivid with no obvious signs of colour bleed or blooming. Skin tones appear natural throughout with blacks also looking very good with plenty of shadow detail present. Only now and again did I notice edge enhancement, mainly on brighter scenes and there were no problems due to compression. Overall a very good transfer which is mainly sharp and detailed.
SoundStandard comedy fair like Stepford Wives doesn't call for over the top surround mixing and this is certainly the case here. The Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kbps) soundtrack is dialogue heavy which sounds clear and has a wide stereo sound stage. Music sounds dynamic and is used lightly in the surrounds as are the occasional sound effect. Nothing outstanding here, it does what it says on the tin.
ExtrasYou would be correct in thinking that the extras list looks healthy, but surprised at the actual lack of content . The commentary track is worth a quick listen as director Frank Oz enthuses about the film and his technical thoughts on how the production panned out. There is also a behind the scenes featurette that is full of self praise and runs for around 20 minutes. There are also tag on features like The Husbands which show who the characters are in the movie, as well as a couple of technical Features on effects and production design. Rounding off are a few deleted scenes, a gag reel and trailer.
VerdictStandard comedy fair with a decent cast list and director. The movie feels rushed and unfinished in places, but is worthy of at least a rental viewing. Audio and Video are above average with the extras turning out to be disappointing.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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