The Proposal (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Touchstone || PG13 - 108 minutes - $44.99 || October 13, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-10-11


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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: Anne Fletcher
Writer(s): Peter Charelli (written by)
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White


Theatrical Release Date: June 19, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Outtakes
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Here’s something new, Sandra Bullock doing a romantic comedy. Go figure. But if anyone can pull off making a good movie in a genre that is all too generic with every year that passes, she can. This isn’t to say The Proposal is some incredible rom-com that puts the others to shame, but it is surprisingly enjoyable enough.

The Proposal is about she-devil and snobby chief editor Margaret Tate (SANDRA BULLOCK), a much feared woman in her office where they warn one another via instant messaging that she is coming through. Not on the warpath, just walking through so they can look busy. One of those who is equally afraid and loath-ful of the woman is her assistant Andrew Paxton (RYAN REYNOLDS), who has aspirations to have his own book published and becoming an editor himself, which is the only reason he tolerates her.

Things take a turn when Margaret is called into her boss’s office where he informs her that she will be deported because she hadn’t turned in the proper documentation. But when Andrew comes walking in, she spontaneously discovers a solution: she and Andrew have been having a secret affair and are in fact engaged and will be getting married. Problem solved, all to Andrew’s surprise.

After basically blackmailing Margaret before agreeing to do such a thing – he also would benefit as if she were fired, her replacement, who hates her with a passion, would kick Andrew to the street – they head down to the immigration offices where a stern Mr. Gilbertson knows the whole thing is a sham and warns the couple that they will be scrutinized. As the lies keep coming, they tell him they plan on making the engagement announcement at Andrew’s grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration... in Alaska.

Upon traveling there, Margaret discovers his family is very well off owning several stores in the small town and resides in a beautiful mansion. She meets his mom (MARY STEENBURGEN), stern father (CRAIG T. NELSON) and his kooky but loveable grandmother (BETTY WHITE).

The Proposal may not be a genre-changing picture or anything but is still enjoyable enough especially thanks to the instant chemistry and charms of Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. Although I have a hard time believing they could fall in love that quickly (over the course of a few days), but I suspended my disbelief and went along for the ride and watched two great comedy actors at work.

Basically, the film is harmless fun with some truly laugh-out-loud moments and a nice supporting cast especially with the spunky young at heart and invaluable Betty White. The others, including Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson are both wonderful as Reynolds’ parents.

The movie was directed by Anne Fletcher of 27 Dresses and Step Up, is the writing debut of Peter Chiarelli and oddly executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orcci (Transformers 2 and Star Trek).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary – Director Anne Fletcher and Writer Peter Chiarelli sit down for a nice but they spend a good amount of time explaining what’s going on. But the two at least are interesting and do still give insight into the actors and the production.

Deleted Scenes (6:32; HD) – There are only 3 scenes, one is a ** Blu-ray Exclusive **, and none of them are that great or add some additional depth, but they’re fun to watch. I am unsure why they made one scene an exclusive, as if it would sway someone to go with the Blu-ray over the DVD... With optional commentary with the director and writer.

Alternate Ending (6:35; HD) – This ending features a funny performance by Niecy Nash (“Reno 911”) but is basically the same dialogue; what they went with was better. Also features an optional commentary.

Set Antics (6:33; HD) is just a little behind-the-scenes off the cuff look at the fun the cast and crew had working on the film with outtakes.

And finally there is a digital copy, for what that’s worth.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The Proposal is presented with its original 2.35 aspect ratio in 1080p high-definition. Although at times I don’t find the benefit of comedies on Blu-ray, but this HD transfer looks excellent. Colors seem just right with no high contrast or bleeding while detail levels are great, even for figures in the background which sometimes can look semi-blurred even on newer releases.

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track sounds good, yet at the same time, you’re not going to get a whole lot out of a movie like this. Yes, dialogue levels are good and ambient noises make use out of every available channel, but at the same time, this is a comedy so it’s not much to admire. That being said, if you want the theater experience as much as possible in your home, this will certainly be more than satisfactory.



.::OVERALL::.

The Proposal isn’t a groundbreaking romantic comedy (what modern one’s are?) but I enjoyed this one for the most part. There are sections that didn’t quite work, however the charms and charisma of Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds makes this one a worthwhile rental.