PictureThe image can be described in one word, Bland. Presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic widescreen, there is a surprising lack of colour or life about the transfer. Image detail is strong in places while soft in others. There is a little edge enhancement visible now and again, and in some scenes (the night club stands out for me), the transfer becomes a noisy mess with very poor encoding and artefacts. This inconsistency is disappointing on such a new release title, and is not an improvement on the R1 title we reviewed a few months ago, which had the same problems.
SoundThe Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack provided here is functional. This is a comedy after all, so the sound mix is fixed squarely on the screen throughout. Dialogue is crisp and clear, and we get the occasional stereo pan across the front channels, with the rear channel being silent apart from a little ambiance here and there.
ExtrasThe extras list for this release is rather healthy looking. First of all we get an Audio Commentary featuring Grant, Bullock and Lawrence discussing the finer things in life, and occasionally the movie you are watching. This is an extremely entertaining commentary track, with great chemistry between our hosts, and some very funny moments indeed. Hugh Grant, starring in his first audio commentary gives as good as he gets from Bullock and Lawrence, and only occasionally do they give any insight into the movie, instead they spend most of the time making fun of each other and the DVD format. Also included are a 20 minute Featurette from HBO, Two additional scenes, Production notes and trailers.
VerdictI still can't believe I actually enjoyed this movie, but it is very funny and entertaining with Hugh Grant stealing the limelight from Bullock. The DVD presentation however is a hit and miss affair, with a bland transfer, functional sound, and some intere
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