The Wedding Video (2012)

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Released 1-May-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 90:28
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Nigel Cole
Studio
Distributor
Entertainment One Starring Tim Firth
Lucy Punch
Miriam Margolyes
Matt Berry
Harriet Walter
Michelle Gomez
Robert Webb
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Films with a wedding theme are pretty common in the comedy genre and this is understandable given the amount of comedy material which can be inspired by the particular brand of crazy which only a wedding can bring out in people. This independent English film The Wedding Video, was written by Tim Firth (writer of Calendar Girls, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Kinky Boots) and directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, Saving Grace, Made in Dagenham). It tries to take a different approach to the wedding romantic comedy by adding the currently popular technique of using 'found footage'. At times it is hilarious but does not completely succeed.

     Raif Moyle (Rufus Hound) has been travelling the world since his parents died and is now returning to England for the first time in three years to be the best man at his brother Tim's wedding. Tim (Robert Webb) is much more straight-laced than Raif and has a job in IT management. Raif has decided that his wedding present to Tim will be a video of the lead up to the big day, given the happy couple warts and all coverage to enjoy for years to come. Well, that is his idea anyway. Tim is marrying Saskia (Lucy Punch) who is the stepdaughter of a very successful businessman in the transport industry, Des, who married Saskia's mother Alex (Harriett Walter). They live in Cheshire (which seems to be the UK equivalent of Sylvania Waters) in a very ostentatious house. It quickly becomes evident that Raif and Saskia knew each other well at school and that Saskia has not always been the good girl she currently portrays. As the big day approaches tensions rise, Alex tries to turn it into the Cheshire wedding of the season and preparations just get crazier and crazier led by the wedding planner (Michelle Gomez). Miriam Margolyes also appears as Saskia's grandmother.

     As I mentioned above there are some really funny sequences in this film involving unicorns, butterflies, falcons, Titanic, ice sculptures, streaking and more. It only runs for 90 minutes but still feels a little long as there are too many passages of average writing for the whole to really come together as a comedy classic. It is in the same vein as something like Death at a Funeral in terms of the slapstick, sight gags and general silliness without having the consistency across the run time to challenge that film. If you are after a light amusing film to while away 90 minutes and get a few good laughs you could certainly do worse than this. Certainly a saving grace of this film is that it does not stoop to gutter comedy about sex or bodily functions.

     Fun but forgettable.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is quite good but restricted by the choice to make it look low tech on purpose.

     The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout for DVD. Shadow detail was good.

     The colour was quite good but somewhat dull compared to bigger productions.

     Artefacts included some aliasing and motion blur.

     There are no subtitles.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

     This disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 plus another English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0. The difference is pretty small as this audio track is front and centre focused regardless.

     Dialogue was reasonably clear and easy to hear and understand although subtitles would certainly have been useful.

     The music includes a theme tune and various songs. They do their job without standing out.

     The surround speakers are used for mild atmosphere and surround effects.

     The subwoofer supports the music a little.

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Extras

    No extras.

Menu

    The menu included music and scenes from the film.

R4 vs R1

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

    This film is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK, however the DVD edition seems to be just as bare bones as ours is. Buy local unless you need a Blu-ray, but I can't see why you would.

Summary

    A fun but forgettable wedding comedy from the UK.

    The video quality is quite good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras put on a furry hat and got attacked by a falcon.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, May 13, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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