Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Disney || PG - 104 minutes - $39.99 || June 23, 2009
Reviewer: Maggie O. || Posted On: 2009-07-02


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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: P.J. Hogan
Writer(s): Sophie Kinsella (books); Tracey Jackson and Tim Firth and Kayla Alpert (screenplay)
Cast: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman


Theatrical Release Date: February 13, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Music Videos
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • Subtitles: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

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.::THE FILM::.

I know how moviegoers like myself usually feel about February film releases. Usually it means that it’s a mediocre movie that will leave thinking, “Ah, that was okay.” I have to admit, Confessions of a Shopaholic is anything but.

We follow Rebecca Bloomwood, a compulsive shopper who finds herself in big trouble after her credit debt starts to rack up. She loses her job and fights to get one at a fashion magazine, only to find herself writing articles about personal finance. The irony isn’t even lost on her. Rebecca learns a lot of her road to financial freedom as well as the toll any addiction can take on someone’s life.

It’s hard to not fall completely head over heels for Isla Fisher. She’s fabulous at every turn. Even though her character is absolutely ridiculous and makes horrible choices throughout the film, there is something entirely endearing about her that is difficult to ignore.

I’d like to take a second to talk about Hugh Dancy. I want to know where this guy has been? There is something about him and this role that makes you realize, had this movie come about twelve years ago Hugh Grant would be playing the role of Luke. Hugh Grant was an overused cliché in cinema for a long time. Although I love Hugh Grant, I think he wears very easily. There is something about Hugh Dancy that is far more lovable and wanting than Mr. Grant will ever be. Frankly, I’m glad this fresh-faced Brit showed up and I look forward to seeing him over and over again.

The characters are vibrant and lovable. I was actually surprised that a film like this one, which appears to be so cookie cutter, actually had me on the edge of my seat. You’re with Rebecca and her trials every step of the way. There were many times when I wanted to shout at her for the things that she was doing. You badly want her to succeed and figure it all out in the end.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes a Slip Cover.

Exclusive to Blu-ray are several featurettes that combined total roughly 15 Minutes. Each one describes tiny little aspects about the film by the time you actually start to hear how things were achieved the feature is over. That get's topped off with an additional two music videos. Woo Hoo!

Bloopers – What a great way to humanize your actors. These ones in particular are not laugh-out-loud funny, but it certainly makes you wish that you worked on the movie simply for the antics.

Deleted Scenes – These really aren’t that exciting all together. The one with Rebecca fighting over the zebra pants is pretty entertaining though.

“Stuck with Each Other” Music Video by Shantelle Featuring Akon – I don’t understand the need to put any music video on a movie DVD. There are only certain instances when you would do it, like if it’s the star of the movie singing the song or something. It’s got clips from the film, but I found it to be a waste of DVD space.

Digital Copy – One of the greatest things to ever happen. Keep a copy of the movie on your laptop! YES!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is presented in 2.40 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. As one might expect from a film that deals with fashion this film comes with an extra helping of pretty colors and visuals that make it really shine on Blu-ray.

Disney has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Since the film is almost entirely dialog driven don't expect much from the rear speakers. My only real concern was the volume seemed to be set a bit too low and I had to crank it up a few notches from where I am typically at with DTS MA titles.



.::OVERALL::.

It would’ve been nice to have at least one “Making Of” somewhere on this Blu-ray. It’s a book adaptation; you would think the author would have something to say on the matter. In general the movie itself is enough to go out and buy it. The movie itself a pleasant surprise and an adequate addition to any collection.