Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Serious Moonlight Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 21.6 GB
Film Size: 18.3 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A

The Video
Serious Moonlight comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The cover art looks like this one is very bright and colorful, but surprisingly the transfer is more on the dark side. I have not seen the film theatrically, but comparing to previous high-def trailers it seems accurate.

The film looks quite decent on Blu-ray and certainly looks better on screen. Many viewers may be turned off by the significantly soft look of the film, allowing very much detail and clarity to come through. Colors are also quite muted, although this is likely by intention over fault.

While this Blu-ray release is a bit underwhelming compared to your average new release, I can’t say I fault the transfer. There were no major issues to be found, it’s just an overall soft picture. During the film’s entire run-time, I always felt like I was watching a high-def release, which is a good thing. 6.5/10.

The Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included for this release and is expectedly quiet. Serious Moonlight is not a film filled with many sound effects, although there are moments where it could be used as a light touch to the experience.

The dialogue is of most importance at all times with this film and is always presented as clear as can be. The film’s music also expands to the surround area, adding a little bit more to the surround sound experience.

Sound effects are generally well placed and we do get a good sense of settings overall. This is not going to be a workout for your speakers, but it does a good job presenting the material. I really appreciate Magnolia Home Entertainment included a lossless audio track, especially since it could be seen as unnecessary. 6.5/10.

The Extras

Audio Commentary
With Director Cheryl Hines and Producers Andy Ostroy and Michael Roiff.

Making of Serious Moonlight (12:21) (SD)
This is a pretty boring making of to be honest, the first guy in particular sounds half asleep talking about the film.

HDNet: A Look at Serious Moonlight (4:40) (HD)
This is a short featurette, but definitely the most enjoyable. Director Cheryl Hines talks about the story and casting decisions.

Save your favorite scenes and return to them later. The movie also remembers where you last left off automatically and asks you if you would like to continue, which is a very nice and welcome feature.

Overall extras are quite bland on this release. The audio commentary is great for those who really enjoyed the film. The making of is quite boring, but the HDNet feature is worth a watch. Overall though, there is not much to be seen. 4/10.

The Movie
Serious Moonlight is a dark comedy about a marriage on the rocks. It stars Meg Ryan as Manhattan lawyer Louise, who finds out her husband of 13 years, is leaving her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Louise does not take the news of her husband’s decision lightly and wants to work things out.

Her husband does not want to work things out, believing he is happier than ever with his younger woman. Louise gets desperate and decides to tie up her husband until he agrees to work things out with her rather than leave her.

Maybe a bit crazy, but love does make people do crazy things. Louise goes out shopping, leaving her husband all tied up in the bathroom. During her time gone the home is paid a visit by gardener turned opportunistic thief (Justin Long). This is where the movie has its most comedic moments, which is not much.

The movie is best described as a dark comedy, but not much stands out as far as humor is concerned. The story is very simple but still quite enjoyable. I am not a big fan of Meg Ryan, but I thought she did a good job with her character.

I am not a fan of the ‘okay???’ ending which I guess was done to be funny, but the real and satisfying ending happens minutes before. The biggest issue with this film will likely be the lack of replay value, in this case I liked it, but I don’t feel the need to watch it again. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary
Serious Moonlight on Blu-ray is quite average, but that’s because everything about this production is average. Video and audio presentations are far from stunning, but the film does not provide the best opportunities to shine either. If this film interests you though, I recommend you ‘Rent It.

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