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"Bridesmaids" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Annie has had a rough couple of years.  Her bakery, Cake Girl, went out of business during the recession, and she’s currently living with a brother and sister pair that isn’t the brightest two ever.  She spends her time working at a jewelry shop with a job her mom got her, and occasionally having a passing relationship with Ted.  When her best friend since childhood Lillian gets engaged, she is made her maid-of-honor and has to take the responsibility of planning many of the events.

One of the other bridesmaids, Helen, wants to exert control over the whole process and makes herself a thorn in the side of Annie.  From belittling her ideas and then stealing them, to going around Annie to get the event planned the way she wants, she manages to irritate Annie to near the breaking point of her relationship with Lillian.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 5 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph
  • Directed by Paul Feig
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Though I don’t really see Saturday Night Live actors as automatically being a good source of material now, Bridesmaids came with a pedigree of a director and producers that have been part of the Judd Apatow stable and they did deliver.  I might not have found the film quite as funny as some other people did, and it was a little slower to get going I thought, but it was consistently funny, with a lot of really hilarious moments.  It’s something I can easily see myself watching again in the future when I want to relax and enjoy a laugh.

Technical

The image in Bridesmaids is pretty good overall, with some scenes coming across much better than others.  Early on in the jewelry store, Annie’s boss has a jacket with a color and texture that really pop from the screen.  The fine detail in it is wonderful and it looks just like the coat is there in front of you.  Unfortunately not every scene is up to this level of quality and some appear to be just a bit lacking in fine resolution, but overall it looks very nice.

The soundtrack does a very good job of bringing across the dialogue of the film.  With the film being totally dialogue driven, clarity in the center channel is more important than anything and Bridesmaids does well here, as I didn’t strain to hear anything they said.  The surrounds aren’t used as much as they could be, but overall it’s a good audio track.

Extras

The film contains both the rated and unrated versions of the film, directors commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, a gag reel, and multiple featurettes in addition to a DVD with the film as well as a digital copy of the film.  Keep up the multiple disc releases studios!