The Perfect Catch DVD Review
PictureFox have given the disc a theatrically correct 2.35:1 aspect picture, anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TV's. Not surprisingly for such a modern film there are no instances of print damage, it was also free from film grain. It had strong, bold colours, suitably vibrant never thinning, washing or bleeding; even in the various crowd scenes of the games. Detail level was sharp and defined, holding edges well into the distance. The film does use some different film stock to represent TV or video and all are faithfully reproduced, the video having the customary harsh contrast and edging. Contrast and brightness gave rise to deep rich blacks, even though the film rarely used them, giving the frame a nice sense of depth. Digitally there were no compression problems nor was there any significant edge enhancement. For a moderate release this has been given an exceptional transfer.
SoundOnly the one sound track to choose from, English Dolby Digital 5.1, luckily it's a decent one. This isn't an action movie so doesn't need a full blown surround, however there is always an opportunity used to give a little rear action, crowd scenes, either matches or parties, are given full ambience, the score too has all the speakers coming alive. There are also some nice little effects coming into play, be it cars, phones or radios giving some nice direction. Dialogue is always clear and precise and overall the track is free from hiss and distortion. There is a nice range, a little bass light and no LF effects, but the film neither needs nor suffers because of it. It is functional and solid, but never outstanding.
ExtrasFirst up there is a feature commentary by the brothers Farrelly. The pair continually chat about various aspects of the film, perhaps a little too heavy on the casting side and they do have a tendency to wander off the point. This means it's like listening to a conversation between too brothers that happen to have made and are watching a film, which of course is what it is. However it is entertaining and informative with much merriment, if a little light on actual production content. It is also subtitled and includes all the 'ums', 'ahs' and 'commentators laughing' as well.
There are thirteen deleted scenes which can be watched individually or all together. Most are scene extensions, while others are whole new scenes, can run for a few seconds to a few minutes; includes two scenes seen in the trailer but not actually in the film. No reason is given for their excise other than in the commentary which alludes to pacing.
The Alternate Red Sox ending appears to be a slightly extended version of the actual ending used, even down to the credits, with a little more game and celebration footage inserted here and there. Though the content is so similar I am bemused as to why it was not used, or why it is included as an extra?
The Gag reel contains goofs, gaffs and laughter from the cast, pretty standard stuff here, though it does look like Fallon and Barrymore had fun together making the film.The Love Triangle internet featurette has Barrymore gushing about how good the film is in typical promotional fluff, presumably was originally on the net and contains more film footage than interview.
It is Fallon's turn to gush in the Breaking the Curse internet featurette, though this one does concentrate on the winning streak the Sox achieved during the making of the film.
The Making of featurette is more promotional material produced by the Fox movie channel, contains all of the above material plus additional interviews with some crew members and even more film footage to pad the time to eight minutes. An inordinate amount of time is spent on the Sox's good fortune and there seems never to be enough praise given to the Fox executive to allow filming at the final game, seriously I thought they be up and dancing, at least it might have made this more interesting.
Finally there is the theatrical trailer for the film with its American name.
VerdictAlthough I'm a little ashamed to admit it, I quite enjoyed Fever Pitch, sorry The Perfect Catch. It manages to maintain a sense of worth despite its obvious pandering to the audience and watering down of the original source. If ever there was a 'couples' film, then this would be it. As a DVD package, Fox has produced a reasonable package. The film itself is given very good picture and sound, and the extras package while being a bit light and self congratulatory is reasonable in its content.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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