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"Love Actually" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Love Actually looks at the lives of multiple couples who all manage to intertwine as they fall in and out of love with each other.  Taking place during the Christmas holiday season, the story moves quickly from couple to couple, as you discover the relationship between the different characters and how they interact with each other.  Directed by Richard Curtis, the Writer/Producer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Blackadder and other British comedies with a large, wonderful cast.

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2003, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 15 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightly, Liam Neeson
  • Directed by Richard Curtis
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  • Violence:  None
  • Sex:  Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I'd seen Love Actually a few times before, I was quite happy to watch it again.  While I do think it is an enjoyable film, and one that I'll gladly watch with my wife again in the future, I do think it could have been better.  There are too many characters in the film to really develop all of them to the degree that I would like, and some of them could be easily dropped without any harm to the movie.  Getting some extra background on the other characters that you care about more would help to improve the film, though most of the inconsequential characters are there for comic relief, so it might lead to an overly serious film, though I'm sure they could have accounted for that.  However, still a movie I recommend watching.

Technical

Love Actually features a very nice image that might not be reference quality, but is well ahead of any other presentation of the film for home video before.  There's no real issues with the image at all (no film grain, artifacts, holes, scratches, or any other major issues I could spot), but it isn't as sharp as the sharpest Blu-ray discs can be.  The audio left more to be desired, however.  While a romantic comedy and very dialog driven, the surrounds are hardly used during the film.  Dialog is clear and intelligible, but the surrounds are never used to provide ambiance to make you feel as if you are in the location of the characters.  They kick in during certain musical numbers, and when the film was originally mixed this was how most films of this type were mixed at the time, but now it sounds a bit outdated in comparison.

Extras

The Blu-ray features audio commentary from the director and many of the films actors, deleted scenes, music video, and featurettes on the music of the film, as well as a look at all of the individual story-lines in the film.