The Wedding Singer (1998) - Totally Awesome Edition [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Comedy / Romance|
|New Line || PG13 - 100 minutes - $28.98 || April 7, 2009|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-19|
Writer(s): Tim Herlihy (written by)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Theatrical Release Date: February 13th, 1998
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Portions of this review lifted from my DVD review of this same edition.
Plot Outline: It's 1985, and Robbie Hart (Sandler) is a wedding singer who can cover the hits, deliver the perfect toast and even get Grandma on the dance floor. But when Robbie is dumped at his own wedding, he has a total eclipse of the heart and becomes the ultimate cynic. It's not until he meets a waitress named Julia (Barrymore) that Robbie starts to come around. However, Julia's about to get married herself, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a lifetime, the girl of his dreams may be gone forever.
Speaking honestly, I'm not the biggest Adam Sandler fan around, but I do on occasion enjoy his movies... including The Wedding Singer. Normally, the romantic comedy genre is riddled with clichés and predictable plot points and although this one does have them, I didn't feel they were obvious (aside from the obligatory fight and the obvious Mr. Wrong for our female lead). But what makes this one more unique is the music; here we have great hits from the 80s including "Holiday" by Madonna and many more.
The movie in itself isn't great but I still had fun watching the chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore develop (the two would reunite in 2004 in 50 First Dates). It's like watching Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle and years later again in the inferior though much fun, You've Got Mail (they also were in Joe Versus the Volcano). But I digress, any fan of this genre will eat up each moment and even those who don’t might appreciate the music of the time.
Although I don’t feel The Wedding Singer is a classic romantic comedy, it is one of Sandler’s better (semi) straight-arrow roles that never get old. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, it’s just as funny as the times before, a trait that few comedies (at least maybe today), possess.
The movie runs around 100 minutes, 4-minutes over the original release. Having not seen this in a few years, I'm not sure what was added, but it didn't seem to hinder – or contribute – to the film, it would’ve been nice to have the theatrical version for comparison, however...
The solo feature is presented in good ole’ SD. Also note, the “80s Mix Tape” has been dropped for this Blu-ray release.
A Backstage Look at The Wedding Singer on Broadway - This 10-minute featurette gives a tour about the making of the musical based on the movie (which I had no idea was out there). We get interviews with the co-writer, musician writers, the director and the actors playing the parts of Robbie and Julia. At the end there's a short glimpse at the musical itself (the dumpster scene). I'm not an expert about musicals (only been to one or two in my life) but I think I'll skip this one. I only wish they put a little effort into a behind-the-scenes look for the movie rather than this, however.
The theatrical trailer is also included.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
The Wedding Singer makes its debut on Blu-ray with whimper rather than a roar. The film is presented with a 1.85 aspect ratio and 1080p high-def (on a 25GB Blu-ray disc and VC-1 video codec). Although it is an upgrade over its DVD counterpart, the film does not look that great overall. Skin tones seemed off, black levels are all over the place (some scenes it looks good, others not so much) and just the overall look of the film was not up to expectations – even if it a 11 year old picture.
Thankfully, the audio doesn’t disappoint nearly as much. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track sounds excellent with strong dialogue via the center channel while the numerous musical moments, beginning with “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” sung by Adam Sandler over the opening credits. I also heard ambient noise coming out of the rear channels and the bass gets some use as well. A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also available and as always with Warner Blu-ray releases, it will default on this channel, so be sure to change it.
The Wedding Singer is one of those movies I can watch over and over and over again. Aside from the fact that it’s probably one of Sandler’s best films, it’s just an all-around great romantic comedy. With that said, it’s unfortunate that the Blu-ray doesn’t match up to the film’s quality, at least in the video quality department. Now, it is a slight upgrade over the DVD and with a low SRP, the Blu-ray can be had for around $15.