Friday, April 16, 2010

It's Complicated Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 34.2 GB
Film Size: 30.5 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: ABC
The Video
It’s Complicated debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The movie as expected looks very beautiful in high-definition. Colors are rich and vibrant and black levels stay inky throughout.

The film’s detail is also quite impressive, usually very sharp but at times soft as well. The detail brought out is particularly strong with textures and facial details. The film’s thin natural layer of grain looks nice and the image has a nice sense of depth throughout. The movie has a nice pop to it which makes it hard to take your eyes off the screen.

The environments in the movie are not necessarily spectacular (quite simple), but they look spectacular in high-definition. The movie didn’t have any technical flaws to speak of. Everything looks natural and as it should, I was certainly impressed by this high-def presentation. There are definitely better video presentations on Blu-ray, but I don’t see it getting any better for It’s Complicated. 8.5/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included as the lossless option. Spanish and French 5.1 DTS audio tracks are also included, as well as an English DVS (Descriptive Video Service) track. Optional subtitles include English SDH, Spanish and French.

The film is definitely a bit more front heavy, whether it is dialogue, music or effects. That being said, we do get some good surround use during more active scenes. The film’s score is light and comes through clearly from the front speakers and gently through the surround speakers. Certain effects use the surround speakers gently, but to be honest it wasn’t really necessary. Despite being front heavy, the mix still manages to feel lively and satisfying. Dialogue is front and center, crisp and clear.

There are certain moments in which surround use is stronger, the scenes which involve songs that the characters are actually hearing. There is a nice active moment when Jane and ex-husband Jake are dancing at the hotel club. Another notable moment is the party in which Jane brings Adam and ex-husband Jake makes an appearance as well.

Overall the clarity of everything is very nice to see. The film being a romantic comedy I was certainly not expecting reference audio. Regardless, the mix still manages to impress despite being fairly simple. The audio mix compliments the scenes in the film nicely and I couldn’t have asked for more. 8/10.

The Extras

Audio Commentary
With Producer/Writer/Director Nancy Meyers, Executive Producer Suzanne Farwell, Director of Photography John Toll, ASC and Editor Joe Hutshing, ACE.

The Making of: It’s Complicated (20:41)
The making of features a nice amount of behind-the-scenes footage, but pretty much summarizes the entire film in 20 minutes. Regardless there are some great cast and crew interviews and is presented in high-definition.

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What’s New (Powered by BD-Live)
Check out the latest trailers from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and more.

While the audio commentary and making of are decent, the release is quite barebones. A theatrical trailer should have been included as well as more behind-the-scenes features. Also, this is one title which should have included a DVD copy of the film in my opinion. Regardless, the features included are enjoyable. 4/10.

The Movie
It’s been a great week of Meryl Streep films for me this week. I first watched the Blu-ray release of Out of Africa earlier this week and last night It’s Complicated. Meryl Streep is movie magic to me and every single performance is different from the other.

My first experience watching It’s Complicated was at an early screening of the film. I was of course very excited to see the movie since the very first trailer released for the movie. I mean why wouldn’t I? The cast is very impressive, which includes Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin just to name a few.

The film is restricted, rated R for some drug content and sexuality. This was a surprise to me and I have to say that I thoroughly disagree with the film’s rating. Personally I don’t think the movie pushes any limits and is quite tame in the content included, hopefully it doesn’t make viewers pass it by.

It’s Complicated is a great movie. Meryl Streep is pretty amazing (like always) as the lead character Jane. She’s a divorced woman and mother of three grown kids. She loves to bake and even has her own successful bakery.

Her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) comes back into her life for their son’s graduation and the sparks quickly spark between the two. Jake is now married to a younger woman, with a young son and still trying to have another. That doesn’t keep him from getting Jane into bed and letting an affair begin.

Jane isn’t only interested in Jake though. She also has an interest in Adam (Steve Martin), a divorced architect who is working on some of her projects. While she’s seeing Adam she continues to have her affair with her ex-husband, despite her knowing it is wrong.

The movie isn’t as complicated as the title suggests, but it’s certainly one of the funnier films from 2009. Every actor included brings their very best to the film and it shows. The humor is great and the story while crazy is very fun.

The movie received a pretty positive response from critics theatrically and had even landed Meryl Streep several nominations at various award ceremonies. The movie is funny, intelligent and I loved it. The film certainly has its flaws, but it is definitely one of the better romantic comedies I have seen in quite some time. 8.5/10.

The Blu-new Summary
It’s Complicated isn’t as complicated as it is enjoyable. The film’s video and audio presentations are nice and are without a flaw. The extras are certainly lacking, which is disappointing. Despite extras, this Blu-ray release is still ‘Recommended.

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