- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 03 January 2010
- Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2010
- The Marine 2 (Blu-ray)
- Mamma Mia! (Blu-ray)
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Blu-ray)
- Extract (Blu-ray)
- Jennifer's Body (Blu-ray)
- Horton Hears a Who! (Blu-ray)
- Command Performance (Blu-ray)
- 9 (Blu-ray)
- A Perfect Getaway (Blu-ray)
- Taking Woodstock (Blu-ray)
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Blu-ray)
- CSI: The First Season (Blu-ray)
- 10 Things I Hate About You (Blu-ray)
- Fighting (Blu-ray)
- Love Actually (Blu-ray)
- American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (Blu-ray)
- Funny People (Blu-ray)
- Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Blu-ray)
- All Pages
"Mamma Mia!" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko
Sophieâ€™s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding day is fast approaching and she couldnâ€™t be happier.Â Her only remaining wish is to have her father walk her down the aisle.
The only problem: she doesnâ€™t know who her real father is.Â After finding her motherâ€™s (Meryl Streep) diary and reading about three past lovers (Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth), Sophie decides to send each of them an invitation.Â Â When all three men show up for the wedding, the story plays out through the use of classic ABBA tunes.
- Universal Studios
- 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 49 min
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Codec: Not listed
- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski
- Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
- Violence: No
- Sex: Mild Suggestion
- Language: Mild
Since my wife is a big disco-music fan, she sat down to watch this with me.Â After 30 minutes, she walked out of the room.Â I think it was the constant screeching and screaming by the female characters that put the final nail in the coffin for her.Â You could probably make a pretty good drinking game out of it.Â The vocal performances were terrible, particularly Pierce Brosnanâ€™s.Â Note to producers: when casting actors for a musical, make sure that they can sing, unless you plan on over-dubbing real singers.Â With the exception of Seyfried, they all were pretty poor.Â Sadly, the fun, campy quality of the Broadway musical just didnâ€™t translate to this film.
I was a bit perplexed by the video quality on this disc.Â Every shot had a soft, out of focus look to it (â€œThis is a blu-ray?â€ commented my wife).Â Fine details were lost due to this â€œblurring.â€Â Colors were over-hyped with a bit of blooming, which gave everything a very artificial look.Â Â I didnâ€™t notice any obvious edge-enhancement or sharpening so it looks like this was the film makersâ€™ intention.Â The soundtrack fared better, with the musical numbers having decent dynamic range and clarity.Â Sadly, the clear musical scenes only highlighted the terrible singing performances.Â The non-musical scenes were merely average, with little use of the surround and LFE channels.
I received the special "Gimme!Â Gimme!Â Gimme!Â More" gift set edition of the movie which includes the Blu-ray disc with the movie and special features, a CD of the movie soundtrack, and a full color mini-book that tells "A magical, musical journey from Stage to Screen."Â All of this is packaged in a large box complete with flashing blue lights and the theme song that activate when you press the cover.Â Bonus features on the Blu-ray disc include a sing-along, a deleted musical scene, a feature commentary and making-of, a break down of one of the musical scenes, a "how-to" for singers, behind-the-scenes footage, location shots in Greece, a music video, deleted scenes, and outtakes.Â The extensive content should be a big hit with fans of the film.