H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def discs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
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Gary W. Tooze
The Heartbreak Kid [Blu-ray]
(Bobby Farrelly + Peter Farrelly, 2007)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Feature Runtime: 1:55:33.176
Feature film disc size: 39,777,447,936 bytes
Disc Size: 42,900,518,448 bytes
Average bitrate 45.90 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 16th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
• Audio commentary by Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Product Description: Ben Stiller stars as Eddie, the 40-year-old confirmed bachelor who finally says "I do" to the beautiful and sexy Lila (Malin Akerman). But during their honeymoon in Mexico, the woman of his dreams turns out to be a total nightmare, and the guy who could never pull the trigger realizes he's jumped the gun. Take home the Farrelly Brothers' hysterical twist on boy-meets-girl, The Heartbreak Kid, and prepare to have a blast!...
But the original was made in 1972 and was a darker affair altogether. Charles Grodin's 'hero' trades his homely brunette wife for Cybill Shepherd's WASP sex goddess in a pretty caddish manner and his family turn against him. The reversal of the two female types in the remake does say something about Hollywood's change in attitudes over the years - Lila's an environmental volunteer with a penchant for ethnic earrings, so she must be a flake, right? But the Farrellys steer clear of making her a totally caricatured harpy. In fact, once again their sympathy for all the protagonists is something that marks them out from most of their peers.
Excerpt from Jeff Robson's review at Eye for Film located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This came out in, the now defunct, HD format back in December of 2007 but this is not the same 'transfer' as this feature alone on this Blu-ray exceeds more than the capacity of an HD disc. The Blu-ray itself is over 40 Gig and the feature just shy of that. It looks fairly competent with vibrant colors of which I suspect some boosting (grass, as one example, is always so vibrantly green.) Detail is quite strong , contrast fair (blacks occasionally crushed) and there is still some background noise but overall this image gets a passing grade. I thought I could notice some edge-enhancement but even after extensive zooming in it was not identifiable. The image is, expectantly. clean on this dual-layered disc and the Blu-ray image transfer exports a very pleasing crisp quality that gives us no reasons for complaints.
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December 8th, 2008