The Matchmaker DVD Review
PictureThe Matchmaker is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer that is definitely showing its age, which is ironic considering the film is not actually that old! The detail is normally perfectly acceptable, with some signs of edge enhancement and moments of softness. A light level of grain covers the whole picture resulting in a lack of justice being done to the lovely Irish landscapes. The contrast often wavers from too light to too dark and the colour scheme looks faded and inaccurate. Despite all of this I have to say that there is very little print damage and whatever problems there are don't really interfere too much with your enjoyment of the movie.
SoundAt least the audio has been given a good make-over, with a particularly boisterous Dolby Digital 5.1 track at the ready that surrounds you with sound right from the titles. The dialogue is pretty clear from the frontal array but definitely plays second fiddle to the soundtrack featuring myriad Irish bands and some standard romantic score tosh. All of it comes out well, enveloping you in the proceedings with a passion that I did not really expect from this release. There is obviously a lack of effects and bass, although the crowd noises - kids playing and so forth - do offer a little bit of surround output, but you can excuse most of these flaws because of the nature of the material. Overall it is probably the best track that this release could ever hope to have.
ExtrasAll we get is a rather odd trailer for the Universal Mediterranea resort in Spain. Now, although I wasn't expect much in the way of extras for this particular release, a theatrical trailer and maybe some trailers for similar Universal releases would have been the least they could have bothered with.
VerdictThe Matchmaker has its heart in the right place but is distinctly lacking in substance. Still, with a nice lead performance by the ever watchable and extremely underrated Janeane Garofalo and a few pleasant moments you cannot help but warm to its Irish charms. The video presentation is a bit disappointing but, conversely, the audio treatment is very good indeed. With a lack of extras to round off the disc, you have to be looking towards a rental for this title - which would certainly make for a pleasant movie night in for a romantic couple.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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