The Ugly Truth Blu-ray Review
'The Ugly Truth' wins the beauty contest on Region free Blu-ray with a very good looking 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio. I could see no real benefit from shooting this movie in the Panavision/ Cinemascope format as only the hot air balloon sequence at the end required wide vistas. Maybe they were trying to ape the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies of the 1950's. That said, the image is wonderfully sharp and full of detail while the rich colour palette takes on some warmish yellow hues in interiors. Skin tones are of the Hollywood tan type we'd associate with 'beautiful people' and contrast levels are also of a healthy nature, while blacks are nice and deep. There's a very fine veil of grain to remind us that it was all shot on film and, as you'd expect from such a recent movie, the source looks quite pristine.
The audio on 'The Ugly Truth' comes in the DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround flavour. As with many movies of this type, it is dialogue driven so most of the sonic action is locked to the front centre speaker and is clear, crisp and intelligible throughout. The main stereo pair leap into life with the occasional music track but they do so with a very spacious feel. In a night club scene when the two leads dance, the music is vibrant and the subwoofer awakens to lend some nice bass depth and presence.
The surrounds are mainly tickled now and again with ambient effects. Overall, a good unobtrusive sound mix.
- Selected scenes Audio Commentary
Here we have Director Robert Luketic and Producer Gary Lucchesi providing us with some background detail on the production of several scenes: Opening Sequence, Mike's First Broadcast, Abby Meets Colin, Mike Coaches Abby, The Baseball Game, Vibrating Panties, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Mike and Abby Dance, Mike's Disappointment, and The Hot Air Balloon. A welcome bonus for movie production buffs.
- Deleted and Extended scenes (SD, 16 mins)
Here we get a total of 6 extended scenes that don't really add anything to the storyline and their inclusion would only have slowed the pace of the movie down.
- Alternate endings (SD, 5 mins)
Nice to see the ending shot from both male and female points of view but we also are given a syrupy Wedding sequence that was totally out of context with the rest of the movie.
- Gag reel (SD, 10 mins)
Yes folks, it's the footage that shows us just how much of a good time was had by all during the making - and the wasting of about 1000 feet of 35mm colour neg.
- The Truth is Ugly: Capturing the Male & Female Point of View (SD, 13 mins)
This short has the cast and crew discussing the "battle of the sexes" intercut with footage from the film and behind-the-scenes clips. They also examine the film's themes, look at the work that went into various scenes and there's a bit of general promotional puff thrown in for good measure.
- The Art of Laughter: A Making of Hilarious Proportions (SD, 16 mins)
The cast obviously had a great time working together and it comes across in an honest manner as compliments abound surrounding their comedic performances. They even all liked the Director!
This provides us with live, up-to-date details about every scene, including cast and crew filmographies and biographies, soundtrack listings, and much more.
The raunchy RomCom 'The Ugly Truth' arrives on Region free Blu-ray with a lovely 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio. We're served up a crisp, detailed image with nicely rendered colour which takes on a warmish hue in the interiors.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround track provides us with clear and intelligible dialogue throughout as well as some toe tapping music that nudges the subwoofer into action.
The bonus material is made up of a couple of featurettes, deleted scenes and gag reels while we get a selected scene audio commentary from the director and producer.
As a movie, it provides a few laughs for those not of a prudish nature and stars Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler in a modern day retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £21.99
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- Selected scenes Audio Commentary