Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rachel Getting Married Blu-ray Review

Rachel Getting Married Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 35.8 GB
Film Size: 27.5 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: Free

Rachel Getting Married comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation, and was just as I expected it to be. The film has a style that is different from your average film, it is filmed almost from a Cloverfield perspective, although there isn't a character behind the camera. It's definitely not as shaky, but it does have some odd movements throughout. The presentation varied in high-def quality from scene to scene, with parts that had quite a bit of pop, to scenes that were flat as could be. The presentation would never be confused with standard definition, unless the scene was meant to look that way. The transfer seems to be very accurate to the source, and it just wasn't amazing. 7/10.

Sony has included a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track for this release, and it sounds just about right. The film is very dialogue driven, and it usually came through very clear. The times it did not come through as clear, were whenever music was involved, as it was filmed at the same time as the dialogue. The music is quite impressive at times, whether it's from the rehearsals to the wedding. The audio presentation was a very front heavy affair that was generally very nice. 7/10.

Commentary with Producer Neda Armian, Screenwriter Jenny Lumet and Editor Tim Squyres
Commentary with Actress Rosemarie Dewitt

'The Wedding Band' (7:47) (SD)
A Look Behind The Scenes Of Rachel Getting Married (15:48) (SD)
Cast & Crew Q&A at Jacob Burns Center, Pleasantville New York (49:20) (SD)

Deleted Scenes (18:52) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:25) (HD)

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We don't get too many extras here, but it's better than a lot of recent releases. Two different audio commentaries are included, as well as three featurettes in standard definition. The deleted scenes and theatrical trailer rounded off the actual extras, and were nice additions. Lastly we get more than a handful of high-def previews from other Sony Blu-ray releases, as well as being BD-Live enabled.

Blu-news Summary
Rachel Getting Married is one of my favorite films of 2008. The film just flows very well, and features a performance from Anne Hathaway that just blew me away. The character was so different from what we have seen Anne do in her career so far, but it was definitely impressive. She did not win best actress, but the nomination was definitely deserved.

The Blu-ray release is not amazing, but it was pretty good overall. It's hard to demand much from this release, as it is unique in both it's video and audio presentations. That being said though, I think Sony did a great job bringing both as accurate as could be. The Blu-ray release may not be demo material, but it features the best presentation available of this amazing film, and for that alone it is 'Highly Recommended.'

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