27 Dresses (Blu-ray) (2008)

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Released 21-Oct-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Making Of
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-2
Featurette
Deleted Scenes
Web Links
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2008
Running Time 110:49
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Anne Fletcher
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Katherine Heigl
Charli Barcena
James Marsden
Malin Akerman
Peyton List
Judy Greer
Jane Pfitsch
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $44.95 Music Randy Edelman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
French dts 5.1
German dts 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
French Titling
German
German Titling
Dutch
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Romantic Comedy is one of those genres that sees many releases but very few great movies. Most fall into the middle ground of being entertaining enough and amusing enough but not memorable or innovative. This one, 27 Dresses, is certainly in that group. It is serviceable but hardly memorable. The plot focuses on a young woman, Jane (Katherine Heigl) who completely fits the old saying 'always a bridesmaid, never a bride'. She has been a bridesmaid at 27 weddings and has developed an unhealthy obsession with them, seeming to develop friendships purely so she can be a bridesmaid. She also loves reading about weddings in the paper and especially enjoys a wedding journalist called Malcolm Doyle. The title refers to the fact that she has collected and kept the 27 dresses she wore at each wedding as a bridesmaid.

     She works as a secretary to the head of a company focused on outdoor pursuits. The boss, George (Ed Burns) is a good looking, nice guy and she is madly in love with him, although he doesn't see her in that light. One night Jane is appearing as a bridesmaid for two different weddings and meets a man who introduces himself as Kevin (James Marsden). He notices her strange behaviour as she rushes from one wedding to the other. They find each other interesting and a tentative relationship begins. Kevin, of course, is not necessarily what he seems. Into this mix comes Jane's younger, prettier sister Tess (Malin Akerman) who comes to visit and captures the attentions of George by misrepresenting herself.

     This film is quite entertaining without setting the world on fire but is probably a bit too long and the story includes all the obvious plot points and clichés such as the kooky best friend in this case played by Judy Greer. Heigl and Marsden are good in their roles but Ed Burns is quite wooden and Malin Akerman is a bit annoying.

     In short, if you enjoy this genre, this film is probably worth a look if you don't go into it expecting anything more than average.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good but a little disappointing for Blu-ray. The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p using AVC encoding.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout but was affected by motion blur from time to time, certainly more than I have seen on other Blu-rays. The shadow detail was very good. The colour is very good with no issues to report. There were no other artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired and some other European languages. The subtitles were clear and easy to read.

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good. This disc contains an English DTS HD-MA 5.1 soundtrack, along with an Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and German and French soundtracks in DTS 5.1.

     Dialogue was very clear and easy to hear. The music was mostly well chosen pop songs which suited the film. The surround speakers were used constantly for atmosphere and directional effects such as rain storms and crashes. The subwoofer was used mostly for music support and a few thumps and thuds.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu was functional but unexciting including music.

The Wedding Party (14:31)

     EPK style making of featurette including interview snippets from cast and crew along with scenes from the film.

You'll Never Wear that Again (6:46)

     Featurette about the 27 dresses, their design and making.

Jane's World (4:38)

     Featurette about the production design including the weddings and Jane's home.

Running of the Brides (5:05)

     Footage from the annual sale at a famous US bridal store. Running, fighting & swapping.

Deleted Scenes (4:00) SD

     These are worth watching including a nice extra scene with the dog.

Weblinks

R4 vs R1

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

    The Blu-ray release of this film seems to be the same globally.

Summary

     An entertaining but unoriginal romantic comedy.

     The video quality is good. The audio quality is very good. The extras are decent.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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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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