Monday, October 5, 2009

The Proposal Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 33.5 GB
Film Size: 26.0 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: A

Theatrical Trailer:

The Proposal comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation that is sure to please. The levels of detail do vary depending on the scene, with the presentation featuring both sharp and soft scenes. Colors were generally impressive, but at times the color palette felt like they were switched up, sometimes giving a colder and more bluish look, and other times a warmer look.

Overall I was definitely more impressed than disappointed with the release, mainly because the issues presented had more to do with the actual source over anything wrong with the Blu-ray transfer. There is no DNR or edge enhancement to be found on this release, it even sports a thin layer of film grain throughout. Some may be turned off by the look at times, but it's really not too big of an issue. 8/10.

The included 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is very nice considering the movie genre and scenes. It is a lively yet subtle surround mix, which works well for this type of film. Outdoor scenes were given a nice sense of environment, with the typical nature sounds filling the front and surround areas of the 5.1 setup. Dialogue was crisp and clear like most new releases, leaving very little to be desired by this track. 8/10.


Deleted Scenes (6:32) (HD)
View deleted scenes with optional commentary by Director Anne Fletcher and Writer Peter Chiarelli

Alternate Ending (6:34) (HD)
View alternate ending with optional commentary by Director Anne Fletcher and Writer Peter Chiarelli. This alternate ending is certainly weaker than the one used in the final version of the film, but I love the flight attendant.

Set Antics: Outtakes And Other Absurdities From The Proposal (6:34) (HD)

Audio Commentary
With Director Anne Fletcher and Writer Peter Chiarelli.

Digital Copy version of the film
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

Blu-news Summary
I have to say I really enjoyed The Proposal. It's not the most original romantic comedy, but it's also far from the average generic romantic comedy. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are both great in the film, adding lots of humor, and some good believable emotion towards the end.

While the films in general are nothing alike, it did compare to The Devil Wears Prada, with the totally unlikable boss that you end up warming up to by the end of the film. Like The Devil Wears Prada, I found The Proposal fun, entertaining and filled with laughs.

The Blu-ray release is quite nice, featuring good video and a pleasing audio mix. Extras are slightly lacking, but includes everything the DVD release does. For fans of the film the Blu-ray release is an easy must own, but to those new to the film and to those who tend to enjoy romantic comedies this one is certainly 'Recommended.'

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