Love Happens (2009)

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Released 28-Jun-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romance Main Menu Audio
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Making Of
Audio Commentary
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 104:33
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (52:31) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Brandon Camp
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Aaron Eckhart
Jennifer Aniston
Dan Fogler
John Carroll Lynch
Martin Sheen
Judy Greer
Frances Conroy
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Christopher Young


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
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 English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Romances and romantic comedies have been coming pretty thick and fast off the Hollywood production line lately, with many being easy to mix-up with others due to recurring themes or similar casts. Jennifer Aniston is certainly one of the cast members who reappear very regularly in these films. Just this month she stars in two of these genre films; this one, Love Happens and The Bounty Hunter.

     This particular film I would classify as a romance with some comedic elements rather than a romantic comedy as such. It is quite emotional and heartfelt in the way it tells its story about loss and coping with loss. It is certainly not a weepy however as there are some amusing scenes but these sometimes seem a little out of place.

     The plot involves widower, Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart), whose wife died in an accident and he has since built a career helping others deal with the death of a family member, either through his bestselling book or via multi-day seminars and workshops. He is on a business trip to the city where his wife died, Seattle, running one of these seminars when he meets Eloise Chandler (Jennifer Aniston), a florist providing flowers for the hotel. He is attracted to her but she soon realises that maybe this self-help guru is not as centred and over his grief as he makes out. Can she help him get his life under control?

     This film is competent without ever rising to any great heights, although the quality acting by Eckhart helps to improve the film. There are many clichéd plot points in the film and the plot is certainly very predictable, although that is to be expected in this genre.

     Perfectly acceptable entertainment for fans of the genre.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good. The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, which is the original aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp without being up with the best new transfers. Shadow detail was very good. There was some light grain and occasional mild MPEG artefacts.

     The colour was very good following the slightly grey, dull colour scheme of Seattle in cold weather.

     There were no other noticeable artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

     The layer change occurs at 52:31 but is not noticeable.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good without being spectacular. This DVD contains three audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and a Commentary track with the same technical specification.

     The dialogue was easy to understand and clear throughout.

     The music consists of a score by Christopher Young plus a variety of pop songs. They both sound fine on this transfer.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were used for music mostly with little to show off your home theatre.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu is simple allowing access to the extras and scene selection options. Some of the score music is included.

Deleted Scenes (13:05)

     A long and generally uninteresting selection of deleted scenes, most of which are just filling out sub-plots.

Giving Romance a New Look (3:01)

     Short Featurette about the green screen effects used in various scenes.

Commentary - Director/Writer Brandon Camp, Producer/Writer Mike Thompson & Exec Producer Richard Solomon

     A fairly self-congratulatory commentary which covers the usual bases of casting, locations, shooting and story. OK but nothing special.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 release is basically the same with the exception of extra language options. Draw.

Summary

    A competent but unexceptional romantic comedy.

    The video quality is very good. The audio quality is good.

    Some average quality extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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