Monday, January 26, 2009

Pretty Woman Blu-ray Review

Pretty Woman Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 38.1 GB
Film Size: 33.8 GB
Film Rating: R

Pretty Woman comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks good, especially when considering the age of the film. I wasn't wowed at all, but everything was solid about it. Colors were vibrant, detail was nice, and black levels stayed quite solid, everything was just sharper in general. Grain haters may not enjoy the transfer as much though, as there is quite a bit of grain during the majority of the film. I never found it overly intrusive, and I'm glad it's there rather than DNR being applied to the transfer. The film definitely looks aged, but I can't see it looking much better. 7.5/10.

A 5.1 Uncompressed PCM audio track is included, and is just as I had imagined. The dialogue in the film is very heavy, and sounds about as clear as it could get. The film's music manages to make a decent use of the surround speakers, with certain selections more impressive and aggressive than others. The track is nice, and certainly an upgrade from the previous DVD release. 7/10.

Blooper Reel (2:36) (SD)
Live From The Wrap Party (4:07) (SD)
LA: The Pretty Woman Tour (9:11) (SD)
Audio Commentary
1990 Production Featurette (3:47) (SD)
Natalie Cole - "Wild Women Do" Music Video (4:13) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:41) (SD)

We get all the extras from the previous DVD release, and they look terrible. Not only are the extras in standard definition (which is understandable), but they seem to be off a VHS-tape. The theatrical trailer was hideous, and I can't even describe how bad some of these extras look. A quick comparison to the DVD features the same issues. Also included is a $10 mail-in rebate for owners of the previous DVD release (Sin City being the other eligible title for Blu-ray upgrade. Expires May 31st, 2009)

Blu-news Summary
Pretty Woman's Blu-ray debut comes in the theatrical version, which I have noticed more people tend to enjoy over the Director's cut. Pretty Woman is a classic when it comes to chick flicks, featuring the fantastic Julia Roberts, and the acceptable Richard Gere. It may not be perfect, but there's a lot to love about it.

The Blu-ray release looks really good when it comes to upgrade, as the film has never looked good on previous releases, but overall it just doesn't compare to average Blu-ray releases. That being said though, any fans of the film should upgrade with out hesitation, as the Blu-ray is truly definitive as far as presentation goes, it's never looked better, and I can't see it looking or sounding any better than this Blu-ray presentation. Extras are all ported from the DVD release, and are entertaining if you can get past the quality. Pretty Woman on Blu-ray is 'Worth A Look', and 'Recommended' for fans.

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Farzan said...

another good review, I enjoyed this movie when I was younger. Not sure Ill buy the Blu Ray version since I probably wont watch it more than once.

p.s whens the Bourne review coming? I know alot of people said it was a great boxset and Ill still buy it, but I was just wondering.

Loys Johnson said...

Thanks Farzan,

I will have a Bourne review up tomorrow actually haha. I'm putting the final touches on it! It's a great boxset for sure!