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"Leap Year" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

When Anna’s (Amy Adams) four-year anniversary to her boyfriend passes without an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day, Anna follows Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin to propose to him. But after landing on the wrong side of Ireland, she must enlist the help of the handsome and carefree local Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. Along the way, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow
  • Directed by Anand Tucker
    Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

A better than average romantic comedy that will work well for an evening with the wife or girlfriend. The story was well paced and engaging enough to keep the average male viewer from being bored to tears. Adams and Goode both played their parts well and demonstrate great chemistry together. Both characters were very likable and and even though you saw the ending coming from a mile away, you finished the movie with an upbeat feeling. Goode, who was a revelation in A Single Man, is a leading man to watch, not just because of his good looks, but because as an actor he's able to communicate subtly with looks and gestures that make his interactions with Adams touching and believable. Picture and sound are very good. The only fault for me was Lithgow. His part was so small (literally about 5 minutes total), you wondered if he was put into the movie just to add "star name" appeal.

Technical

As mentioned, the picture quality is very good with solid colors and natural fleshtones. The Irish countryside is a stunning  verdant green and after viewing this movie you may actually desire to follow-up with a visit of your own. Only a scene of the sunset from a hilltop looked a bit CGI. Sound was good with clear dialog, but don't expect your subwoofer to jump into action for the first 20 minutes or so into the movie. Hey, it's a romantic comedy, not Rambo IX.

Not a fault of the film itself, but I am finding Universal Studio movies to be painfully slow to load up on my player...more so than any other BDs from other studios. Anyone else noticed this, or is it just me?

Extras

Extras includes some deleted scenes.