Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2012


 “Sweet Home Alabama" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton



This delightfully entertaining romantic comedy stars Witherspoon as sophisticated Melanie Carmichael, a rising New York clothing designer who suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But this is no fairy tale romance for Melanie. She has skeletons in her fashion-filled closet that include Jake -- the backwoods husband she married in high school who refuses to divorce her. Determined to end their marriage and sever all ties with her past once and for all, Melanie returns to Alabama. But home starts to tug at her heartstrings, and what she thought she wanted may not be what she wants at all.


  • Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 39 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen
  • Directed by Andy Tennant
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild


As a paint-by-numbers romantic comedy, I found it enjoyable to watch for the most part. The plot moves right along to the inevitable conclusion, but along the way Witherspoon and Lucas give credible, thoughtful performances. The movie does tug on the heart and make you wonder “what if?’ had you left your home town behind…or, if you had stayed for that matter! Anyway, it is romantic without being too sappy. Watch it with the one you love. This is the ten year anniversary edition...and it still holds up well over all this time.


The picture and sound quality on this film are both quite good. Contrasts are excellent and colors are both natural and solid. I saw no noticeable aliasing or digital artifacts. Details abound and the night scenes are inky without being murky. Even the soundtrack had plenty of verve. If you are a fan of Lynard Skynard…you’ll rock out!


Several deleted scenes are inluded with a commentary from the director. Also included is an alternate ending…which is horrible. Thank goodness for editors!