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"Father of the Bride 1 & 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

This '90s update of the Spencer Tracy-Elizabeth Taylor hit is a mix of the pleasant and the silly. Steve Martin plays the aging patriarch who is threatened by his daughter's engagement and not-quite-willing to let her go. Things get out of hand for befuddled father George Banks (Martin) when his young daughter unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Life gets even crazier in the side-splitting sequel when his daughter and his wife (Keaton) both announce they are pregnant, and George desperately tries to capture the wild and crazy days of his youth.

Specifications

  • Touchstone/Disney
  • 2012 (1991), Color, Rated PG-13, 105/106 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG 4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD MasterAudio
  • Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short
  • Directed by: Charles Shyer
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Generally, I like Steve Martin as an actor. He carries a bit of zany, yet lovable, charisma to the big screen. That being said, these flicks are not his best works and after Roxanne, I think he was waning in popularity in Hollywood. Both of these movies are mildly funny and entertaining…the sequel being a bit better than the first. Martin Short all but steals the sequel as an over-the-top wedding planner. I appreciate the nostalgic feel of the films as I have just married off my eldest son a few weeks prior to viewing these. Whether you've gone through a wedding or not, this movie should make you laugh and touch you. It is also "family friendly".

Technical

Picture and sound quality are about average but some of the scenes really show some age with soft focus and lack of detail. Not a lot of surround and sub action in either of these, but the dialog always remains clear and distinct. Since these are the 20th anniversary editions, it is not likely they will be re-mastered to look and sound better than they do now.

Extras

Only a commentary, featurrette and trailer. On the other hand, you get two BD movies and a DVD for the price of one!

 

 

 

 

For a movie supposedly shot on a home video camera and other portable devices, the picture sure looks pretty good.  When not subject to the shaky, hand-held shooting style, the picture is relatively sharp, with good color and saturation.  Contrast is solid, though blacks looked a little bit crushed to my eyes.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack fits the fill well, with high volume and deep bass, particularly out of the music blaring from the DJ’s system.  Surrounds are used for aggressive fill, though there is not much subtlety to this soundtrack.