The House Bunny (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || PG13 - 97 minutes - $39.95 || December 19, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-22


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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: Fred Wolf
Writer(s): Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith (written by)
Cast: Anna Faris, Colin hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Rumer Willis, Kiely Williams


Theatrical Release Date: August 22, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 12 Featurettes
  • Music Video: "I Know What Boys Like"
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian

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.::THE FILM::.

I loved this movie. There, I said it. Actually I typed it. But for the first time, rather than force you to read an opening paragraph that talks about some random occurrence in my life that no one can ever relate to, I’m switching gears today. The House Bunny is a spectacular movie. Anna Faris, Kat Dennings, Emma Stone, the list goes on and on of great characters that star in it. I laughed more times during this than any other flick in a few months.

Shelley (Anna Faris) is a Playboy Bunny living at the mansion, appropriately titled The Playboy Mansion. Go figure. She has the perfect life, until one day she wakes up to a letter from Hugh Hefner (Hugh Hefner) telling her to leave the house immediately. Confused and heartbroken, she does.

After leaving she drives for a while until night time and brushes her teeth and spits out her car window. A cop pulls up behind her thinking that Shelley is drunk. He asks her to “blow” on something, and dimwitted Shelley… well you get the idea. She does the wrong breathalyzer test let’s say.

While walking she spots a sorority house, even though she doesn’t know what that is. Shelley is seriously the blonde girl who knows nothing about the real world, unless it’s about make-up or looking good. After a few hilarious scenes, she decides to be a den mother to a group of ragtag college students; Natalie (Emma Stone), Mona (Kat Dennings), Harmony (Katharine McPhee), Joanne (Rumer Willis), Lilly (Kiely Williams), and Carrie (Dana Goodman). The girls are the stereotypical nerd groups, who are unattractive and think little of the outside world.

Shelley decides that she wants to change the girls into something like her, and in the mean time the sorority is going to be evicted if they don’t get enough pledges in a short amount of time. She makes it her goal to do both, and do both she does. She turns the girls into drop dead gorgeous females but that comes along a high price: vanity. Can the sorority be attractive and also respectful of other people? Will Shelley save the day and the sorority? Will Shelley be in skimpy outfits the entire movie?

This is a hilarious movie. Honestly. Shelley is hysterical in every scene she is in, regardless if it’s intentionally funny or not. The rest of the cast also does a great job with humor. I personally related to Mona, because she’s like the female version of me. Always concentrated on work, hates the opposite gender, etc.

However, that being said, there are a few minor issues with the film. The sorority is too underdeveloped, as Lilly’s silence is never really explained, nor Harmony’s pregnancy. Also there’s no real reason why the other sororities hate the one that the group lives in, it’s just assumed they are hated because they are nerdy and unattractive.

Despite the few issues, this is still a great film.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (12 minutes): A collection of scenes that didn’t make it into the film. A few are funny, but the rest are mundane.

“I Know What Boys Like” (2 minutes 30 seconds): The cast from the film is shown in the music video for Katherine McPhee’s single “I Know What Boys Like.” Decent song but probably isn’t for everyone.

Featurettes (53 minutes): The cast of the film discusses the movie, their characters, and everything else in between. Anna Faris is funny to listen to, and it’s entertaining to watch all of them. Also presented is a look at the Playboy mansion, so fans of the show “The Girls Next Door” will want to check it out. Also Colin Hanks is funny in his too.

Finally, previews for various Sony films can be seen.

BD-LIVE: You can check out some upcoming releases, such as Groundhog Day, Pink Panther, and a few others. Also you can preview past releases on Blu-Ray. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in 2.40:1 AVC Codec, The House Bunny is a great transfer. Colors are fluid, grain is absent throughout most of the film, and no edge enhancements to be found. The scenes look absolutely stunning. The only thing preventing this from being perfect is contrast is slightly off, and the colors are at times too bright and then too low in some scenes. Otherwise, Sony has done an amazing job with this release.

On the audio side, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track does the job perfectly. The film is dialogue heavy and uses the center channel mainly, except in a few scenes such as the party one. Audio levels are kept constant throughout, and there are no real complaints other than the fact it’s a primarily front-heavy movie. A few of the scenes where music is playing sounds wonderful, but it still suffers from being too centered front-wise.



.::OVERALL::.

The House Bunny really surprised me. It’s full of laughter and humor, with a serious message in the movie as well. The picture is spectacular and the audio is above average, but the special features are heavily lacking. Regardless of that, this is an enjoyable movie. I whole heartedly recommend buying this, you won’t be disappointed. Add a house bunny to your collection.