Bride Wars (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Fox || PG - 89 minutes - $39.99 || April 28, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-05-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gary Winick
Writer(s): Greg DePaul (story), Greg DePaul and Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael (screenplay)
Cast: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Johnston, Bryan Greenberg, Candice Bergen


Theatrical Release Date: January 9, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Trivia Track
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Improvisions


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean

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.::THE FILM::.

I’ve read many reviews online that this movie, Bride Wars, was bad because it set a bad example for women in a time when we just had a woman contend for the Presidency. Personally, I’m not going to go that deep, Bride Wars is simply a bad movie.

The film stars Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as life-long best friends who have always dreamed of having a June wedding at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Now grown up, the two have careers and nice guys in their lives and life is good.

Things get complicated when both get engaged within a day of each other and although the Plaza somehow has 3 dates available in June (but not another for 3 years), the two of the openings are on the same day and the third, which was supposed to go to one of the ladies, had accidentally got booked so now they must decide who will give up their dream. Forget the fact the wedding planner (Candice Bergen) should’ve made things right by asking the other woman to move dates since it was her secretary’s fault, why do that, then we wouldn’t have a movie and THAT would be a shame!

I’m not going to into detail about the rest of the thin “plot”; just know they each try to get at the other via chocolate, orange tanning, etc. For the better part of the middle part, this movie just was not funny... at all. We’ve seen these antics before and while Hudson and Hathaway are both nice to look at, they have little to do with such a sloppy screenplay. It should come to no surprise that it took three writers to complete this mess (just know that one was responsible for Saving Silverman).

The only moderate highlight goes to the clichéd obnoxious friend-who-really-isn’t-a-friend-but-is-the-last-resort-go-to-gal played by Kristen Johnston of “3rd Rock from the Sun” fame. Her performance probably was the only funny part of the entire and merciless short, film.

Listen, I don’t mind chick flicks or romantic comedies. If it has a clever screenplay, likeable characters or even just a funny story, I’ll admit to liking it. Bride Wars, however, even with two lovely women (personal preference on Hathaway), never takes off after the first 15-minutes and just slowly goes downhill until the truly horrid finale.

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway don’t exactly give stellar performances but given the material, I thought they did fine... even if they’re life-long friendship bond was entirely believable, though enough friendly chemistry was there. But in films like these, you’re not going to get much in the way of character development or range as there’s little there for these actresses to work with.

Bride Wars was directed by Gary Winick who directed the magical 13 Going on 30 (yes, one of those chick flicks I admit to enjoying) and co-stars Bryan Greenberg and Chris Pratt as the gal’s significant others.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Something Old, Something New and What That’s Going to Cost You is a “price tag” pop-up trivia track that “shows the real cost of happily ever after” as well as the origins and symbolism of wedding traditions. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Deleted Scenes (7:04) and Improvisations (2:47) – There are seven throwaway scenes including an alternate opening and some more in-fighting between the gals as they try to one-up each other. The “Improvisations” (2) are just random/alternate lines. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

The Blu-ray as a couple featurettes: Meet Me at the Plaza (6:47) ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** and The Perfect White Dress (4:37), neither of which are all that fascinating. Both are fairly self-explanatory and feature interviews with the stars and crew members talking about shooting at the Plaza or using Vera Wang dresses.

FOX MOVIE CHANNEL PRESENTS In Character with Kate Hudson (2:15) and with Anne Hathaway (3:23) – Short promos as the actresses talk about their characters intercut with scenes from the film. You can skip this. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Man-den (4:13), Maid of Honor (4:23) and Amanda-Cam (4:14) are three “Caught on Tape” segments that are some sort of improvised sketch by the various actors in character. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

On the second disc, there is a DVD copy which has three throwaway Deleted Scenes (3:42) and that Perfect White Dress featurette, both of which are already on the Blu-ray disc.

The Blu-ray also has a digital copy ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** and previews of other Fox projects.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Bride Wars is presented with a 1.85 aspect ratio on a 50GB dual layered Blu-ray disc (MPEG-4 AVC, 27MBPS) and in 1080p high-definition. This isn’t an entirely impressive transfer as I did notice quite a bit of noise all over the place but the colors looks good and skin tones were not over saturated. I guess for a comedy such as this, the video quality is acceptable.

Once again Fox provides the Blu-ray a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that is decent enough, although the majority of the film is dialogue heavy with the occasional score or pop music playing over scenes.



.::OVERALL::.

Bride Wars isn’t a bad movie, just a very very average one. Both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are fine in their roles but there’s little in this film that was funny or even entertaining. Perhaps die-hard fans of either actress or of the genre will appreciate it, but I for one can only mildly recommend a rental, and even then you can wait for it to debut on Showtime as the features are forgettable.