Saturday, May 9, 2009

Fletch Blu-ray Review

Fletch Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 23.0 GB
Film Size: 20.7 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: Free

Video
Fletch comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation that is certainly a mixed bag. The HD DVD features the same high-def presentation, and at least the film was remastered before getting the high-def treatment. The film is certainly sharper than the DVD, with nicer detail and colors at all times. That being said, this release features some light edge enhancement at times.

There is a healthy layer of film grain featured in the film, and black levels are definitely solid. There are times when the presentation definitely impresses and other times when it disappoints (particularly the beach scenes), and while the following statement may not mean much, it is true that Fletch has never looked better. 7/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and it's quite bland. the surround is minimal at best, but it's probably as good as it will ever sound to be honest. Dialogue is fairly clear throughout, with only a few scenes that are a bit on the rough side. This track won't impress, but it improves slightly over the DVD track. It disappoints in some ways, but it's hard to expect much more from what's always been a bit dull. 6/10.

Extras

My Scenes (BD-Live enabled)
Bookmark your favorite scenes, or share them with your friends over BD-Live.

Just Charge it to the Underhills: Making and Remembering Fletch (26:34) (SD)
Andrew Bergman discusses how they turned the book into a film, also featured are interviews with the producers of the film. There's also a few interviews with select cast members.

From John Cocktoastin to Harry S. Truman: The Disguises (4:55) (SD)
The crew, from the makeup artist to the hair stylist discuss creating the characters in the film. Also features interviews with select cast members.

Favorite Fletch Moments (2:37) (SD)
A montage of the best lines from the film.

Theatrical Trailer (1:33) (SD)

BD-Live
Currently unavailable

Blu-news Summary
Fletch is a fun little comedy, but far from the best classic comedies out there. I have always enjoyed Chevy Chase comedies, and this is no different, but the story is a bit on the weaker side. Regardless, the film does have a good amount of funny material, that it's got to be worth at least a look.

The Blu-ray release is weak, but it seems Fletch has always been weak when it comes to video and audio presentations, not to mention extras even. This Blu-ray release is as good as it gets for Fletch fans, and one that is 'Worth A Look' overall.

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