Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Blu-ray Review

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 29.7 GB
Film Size: 24.4 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: A

Theatrical Trailer

"When I was 7 most of my friends stopped believing in magic. That's when I first started. They were beautiful, they were happy. They didn't even need any money, they had magic cards." -Rebecca Bloomwood

Shopaholic comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. I was generally very impressed with the high-def transfer. Detail while not stunning was above average. The film looked sharp and colors were particularly impressive. There were no technical issues, making the transfer about as good as it gets for the film. The presentation looks very nice, and will leave everyone very pleased. 8/10.

A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and sounds just as I expected. The audio was very clear, but hardly used the surround speakers. Like most romantic comedies or comedies in general, surround use stays minimal. Dialogue is front and center, while the film's effects and music stay quite within the front left and right speakers. Regardless, the audio definitely sounds far more impressive than DVD quality, which won't leave anyone complaining. 7.5/10.


Wardrobe by Patricia Field (3:01) (HD)
Go behind-the-scenes with the amazing Patricia Field, the woman who selected wardrobe for films such as The Devil Wears Prada and Sex And The City. Her sense of style is very impressive, and although her personal dress is quite odd at times, there's no doubt she's one of the best to have involved.

Temple Of Shopping (2:32) (HD)
Director P.J. Hogan and crew talk about using the Henri Bendel building, as well as the theme for the store in the film.

The Green Scarf (1:33) (HD)
Patricia Field and crew talk about the green scarf, and how they found the perfect scarf.

New York: Fashion Central (2:34) (HD)
The cast talks about New York, as well as filming there.

Sample Sale Madness (1:58) (HD)
Go behind-the-scenes of the sample sale featured in the film.

Window Shopping (1:50) (HD)
See how they did the window shopping scene as the mannequins applaud.

Deleted Scenes (6:19) (HD)
4 deleted scenes are included, and are actually better than I expected. They are about the same quality as the scenes included in the film. Ultimately you will like them if you liked the film.

Bloopers of a Shopaholic (2:07) (SD)
A collection of average bloopers, see some below.

"Stuck With Each Other" Music Video by Shontelle Feat. Akon (3:25) (SD)

"Accessory" Music Video by Jordyn Taylor (3:23) (SD)

"Takes Time To Love" Music Video by Trey Songz (2:32) (SD)

Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media)

Blu-news Summary
Confessions Of A Shopaholic is definitely a mixed designer bag. While I found the film to be a pretty good chick flick, I couldn't get over how annoying Isla Fisher was. I don't keep it a secret that I do enjoy chick flicks, but throughout the whole movie I couldn't help but feel sorry for her character. I couldn't help but feel that Isla Fisher overplayed the part a bit too much, bringing the same overly annoying tone that she did in Wedding Crashers. This wasn't even Legally Blonde cute annoying. Isla Fisher definitely has the look, she was just a bit too much. Perhaps I am being a bit too critical.

The story mixes a bit of fashion and finance, which was executed quite well. As mentioned earlier, I didn't really like Isla Fisher, but the film is still enjoyable. The supporting cast is very good, and there were some very funny parts. The girls that I viewed the film with enjoyed it much more than I did, so at least it will make the wife or girlfriend happy.

The Blu-ray release is quite good, with impressive video, fitting audio, and an interesting selection of bonus features. The film is definitely not for everyone, but it's definitely a solid rental. For fans of the film, the Blu-ray is definitely the way to go.

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