Bachelorette (2012)

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Released 13-Mar-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Trailer-x 2 but not for this film
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 83:49
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Leslye Headland
Studio
Distributor
Entertainment One Starring Kirsten Dunst
Rebel Wilson
Lizzy Caplan
Paul Corning
Isla Fisher
Andrew Rannells
Anna Rose Hopkins
Case ?
RPI ? Music Andrew Feltenstein
John Nau


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes, and drug use
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Four high school friends reunite when one of them is getting married. In control power girl Regan (Kirsten Dunst), party animal Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and air head Katie (Isla Fischer) are very surprised that Becky (Rebel Wilson) is marrying the handsome Dale (Hayes McArthur); Becky is the overweight girl the others had teased at school behind her back. Regan takes charge of the wedding arrangements, but on the night before the wedding Regan, Gena and Katie get stoned and rip Becky’s wedding dress. In the course of one night the three try to get the dress fixed. They also crash Dale’s buck’s night in a strip club where Gena reconnects with her old school boyfriend Clyde (Adam Scott), Katie is wooed by the nerdish Joe (Kyle Bornheimer) and Regan meets her match in the intelligent Trevor (James Marsden). Can the girls sort out their personal lives and get the dress repaired in time to save Becky’s wedding the next day?

     Bachelorette was written and directed by Leslye Headland, adopted from her own play. As a film Bachelorette has polarised critics, some seeing it as an edgier and darker version of Bridesmaids (2011), a “comedy with an almost cruel level of honesty that explores not just the weird dynamics of long term friendships but the deeper forces that operate inside each individual” while a contrary view is that Bachelorette is “unpleasant, repellent viewing that, surprisingly, offers repugnant characters and toxic protagonists, nothing more”. The extremes are interesting, but wide of the mark. Bachelorette is not that deep, but nor is it repellent. It is an entertaining, well-made comedy that says something about the “me” generation, friendships; at times it is also quite funny.

     The three principal women characters in Bachelorette are not even close to repugnant; they are certainly self-centred and are representative types, the power girl, the party girl and the bubble head, but they do all have humanity and care for Becky. Kirsten Dunst’s Regan is unpleasant at times, but as her world spirals out of control on the morning of the wedding, with the wedding dress still missing and one bridesmaid comatose in the bathroom, Dunst is quite delightful as she plays it absolutely straight. I think she is better here than she is given credit for. Lizzy Caplan as Gena is also good and has the best character arc as she rekindles her school romance with Clyde. Adam Scott as Clyde is the best of the males in a film where James Marsden is annoying and the others nondescript. But, after all, the focus of the picture is on the women!

     Bachelorette is not a film with pretensions to high art but it is entertaining, well made, quite funny in parts and mostly avoids the “gross out”, cringe-worthy type of humour. Kirsten Dunst is delightful and if some of the plotting is a bit convoluted, and the ending somewhat of a cop-out, I must admit that I enjoyed Bachelorette. In truth, I was a bit surprised by some of the extreme criticism; there are films with far more repugnant characters than those here!

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Bachelorette is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the original theatrical ratio. The film is 16x9 enhanced.

     The print is sharp with nice detail and natural colours, except where they are more glary for the strip club scenes. Skin tones are good, contrast and brightness consistent. Blacks are solid, shadow detail very good. There was occasional slight ghosting with movement but otherwise artefacts were absent.

     The English subtitles for the hearing impaired are in a largish white font.

     A good print, without issues.

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Audio

     Audio is choice of English Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448 Kbps or Dolby Digital 2.0 at 256 Kbps.

     I listened to the 5.1 audio track, but in truth this is not a film requiring audio fireworks. Dialogue was occasionally a bit hard to understand due to the music coming over too loud in the mix, but there were the subtitles. The surrounds are used mainly for music, and some ambient sound in the club. The sub-woofer supported the score but really had little to do.

    Lip synchronisation was fine.

     The original score by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau was fine and was supported by a variety of classical music by Haydn, Mozart and J.S. Bach as well as popular music including tracks from The Cars, Goo Goo Dolls and The Proclaimers whose I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) plays a part in the plot. As noted, on occasion the score could obscure the dialogue.

    A low key audio that, except for some of the dialogue, is fine.

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Extras

     On start-up the following trailers play and need to be skipped: Seven Psychopaths (2:06) and 2 Days in New York (1:47). They cannot be selected from the menu.

     Otherwise there are no extras.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     There are DVD releases of Bachelorette in Region 2 (Benelux and France) but no UK version as yet. The Region 1 US version is due to be released on 19/3/2013. The technical specifications appear to be the same worldwide, except for some language and subtitle options, and a dts 5.1 audio on the Benelux release. No extras are listed anywhere.

Summary

     I enjoyed Bachelorette and I am a bit surprised by some of the extreme criticism. Bachelorette is not a film with pretensions to high art, but it is entertaining, well made, quite funny in parts and mostly avoids the “gross out”, cringe-worthy type of humour. And Kirsten Dunst is good fun.

     The video and audio are fine. There are no relevant extras.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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