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 “The Five-Year Engagement" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Tom Solomon (played by Jason Segal) pops the question to his girlfriend, Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt), on the first anniversary of their initial meeting.  The proposal comes after Tom plans a surprise dinner atop a trendy San Francisco restaurant overlooking the Bay Bridge.  Violet hardly hesitates to accept this romantic invitation.  Not long after, things get topsy turvy when Violet decides to accept a research opportunity at the University of Michigan.  So Tom quits his job as a sous chef in San Francisco and moves to Michigan with Violet.  Each and every time they try to finalize their wedding plans, something comes up that causes another postponement.  Will this seemingly perfect couple be able to hold it all together and finally tie the knot?

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 5 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p 
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English DTS-HD Master 5.1
  • Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie
  • Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I enjoyed this movie quite a bit.  The best parts had me spontaneously laughing and I felt that the story stayed right in the romantic comedy slot during the majority of the film.  There just weren't many dead spots in the plot and it held my attention well, even with a running time a little over 2 hours.  Credit goes to Jaime Harlan and Jennifer Lurey for assembling a strong cast from top to bottom.  This movie ultimately proves to follow the essence of a formulaic plot as it tries desperately to break free.  I must admit that Jason Segal is starting to grow on me more than ever thanks to his performances here, on "The Muppets" and in the quirky "Jeff, Who Lives at Home." 

Technical

This is another superior-looking Blu-ray.  The colorful image is sharp with decent contrast and  minimal crush.  Skin tones and greens are about as natural as the medium will allow.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio displayed a solid image across the front.  But the musical score didn't have quite the degree of dynamic shading as the best Blu-rays out there. 

Extras

This is a two-disc package with the Blu-ray, DVD, a Digital Copy and an Ultraviolet streaming code.  On-disc extras are plentiful - Deleted Scenes, Extended & Alternate Scenes, a Gag Reel, a Line-o-Rama Reel, The Making of The Five-Year Engagement documentary and a Commentary Track with Nicholas Stoller, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt and producer Rodney Rothman.