Mamma Mia! (2008) - 2-Disc Special Edition

Genre(s): Comedy / Musical / Romance
Universal || PG13 - 109 minutes - $34.98 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-24


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Writer(s): Catherine Johnson (musical book / screenplay)
Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper


Theatrical Release Date: July 18, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Sing Along!
  • Deleted Musical Number: ďThe Name of the GameĒ
  • Feature Commentary
  • 7 Featurettes
  • ďGimme! Gimme! Gimme!Ē Music Video
  • Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

I canít sing. I canít dance. I feel like Iím about to write a third line from an old Genesis song. Moving on, I seriously canít do either of them. I was kicked out of music class when I was younger because of my inability to do them. It has changed my life forever. No not really, but it does bring you, the reader, to the musical number of Mamma Mia! The smash box-office hit, yet sadly I could not find it enjoyable.

Mamma Mia! tells the story, or rather through singing and dancing, of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who is about to get married. She invites three people, who are strangers to each other, Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Harry (Colin Firth), and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) to the wedding. Unfortunately, Donna (Meryl Streep) will not be happy with this.

Why you ask? Donna slept with all three men a long time ago, and as such, doesnít know who exactly Sophieís father is. When she accidentally discovers all three men hiding near her house, she freaks out. By freak out, I mean she busts into a few musical numbers with her friends about the dismay and troubles that this is going to bring.

Sophie is determined to have her father give her away, but canít figure out who it is. Donna is of little help, as she canít remember either. But is that really important to Sophie? Will she have a change of heart and give up on finding her father?

Letís get this right off the bat. I hate musicals, with a passion. This entire movie is basically singing and dancing, itís just not my cup of tea. I can understand that some people will enjoy this flick, but I couldnít. There are over 20 songs sung throughout, and it was painful to listen to them after a while.

Add that onto the fact that the movie is fairly predictable and the ending can be easily guessed, this just isnít a movie that people are bound to enjoy unless you like singing and dancing. Iím sure some will love the fact that it is, but I canít.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Disc 1
Sing Along!: The lyrics are provided while the movie plays so you can sing and watch the movie.

Deleted Musical Number: ďThe Name of the GameĒ: One of the tracks that didnít make the movie.

Feature Commentary with Director Phyllida Lloyd: This is a rather insightful track about the movie, as Lloyd talks about character development among other things. Worth a listen if you are a fan of the movie.

Disc 2
Deleted Scenes (8 minutes): A collection of scenes that didnít make it into the movie. Thereís nothing of real value here that would have been important in the film.

Outtakes (1 minute 30 seconds): The cast messes up on dance routines or on other things.

The Making of Mamma Mia! (24 minutes): Three separate parts that deal with the cast and making of the movie. Fans will enjoy this feature, but otherwise itís rather dull.

Anatomy of a Musical Number ďLay All Your Love On MeĒ (6 minutes): Basically the making of the musical number. Interviews with the cast and how the musical was created.

Becoming a Singer (11 minutes): The cast discusses the hardships of actually being in a musical.

Behind the Scenes with Amanda (4 minutes): Exactly what it sounds like. Amanda is chronicled about the set of the movie.

On Location in Greece (4 minutes): The director and producer discuss Greece and how beautiful it is.

A Look Inside Mamma Mia! (3 minutes): The cast talks about how influential the music is that is in the flick.

A couple self-explanatory features: ďGimme! Gimme! Gimme!Ē Music Video (4 minutes) and Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo (1 minute 30 seconds).

Finally, a Digital Copy is available for people that use iTunes.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in anamorphic 2.40:1, Mamma Mia! is a puzzling film. Some of the scenes look gorgeous, such as the ones out on the boat for example are beautiful. Then came the night scenes where it hurt my eyes to even look at the screen. Not only is grain abundant is most of the scenes, the colors are also heavily saturated. Some of the whites are too vibrant and distract from other colors. Contrast is also heavily off, as the film has a somewhat of a ďwashedĒ feel to it.

On the audio side, the 5.1 Dolby Digital track does just what it needs to. Surrounds are used occasionally, but nothing to really note. The movie is dialogue and singing rolled into one, and the audio is the same. It carries the movie nicely. Although there is nothing significant about it, the dialogue and music sound just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

This isnít a film for everyone. Unless you are a huge fan of musicals, then steer clear from Mamma Mia! fans who enjoyed the film in theaters or who enjoy singing then by all means run out and get it. With average video, audio, and a huge list of supplemental, you wonít be disappointed with a purchase. If singing isnít your thing, then run away from this one. Otherwise get ready for nearly two hours of musical numbers and dancing.