The Wedding Singer (1998) - Totally Awesome Edition

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
|| Not Rated - 100 minutes - $26.98 || April 25th, 2006
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-04-12


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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

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Frank Coraci
Writer(s): Tim Herlihy (written by)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor


Theatrical Release Date: February 13th, 1998


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Wedding Singer Behind-the-Scenes look at the new Broadway musical
  • '80s Mix Tape
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, Stereo Surround 2.0
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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Plot Outline (from DVD back cover): 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 occasionally enjoy his movies... including The Wedding Singer. Normally, the romantic comedy genre are riddled with cliches 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). I think it's kind of 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.

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...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

With New Line and Paramount re-releasing some of their more popular titles, both studios leave much to be desired in the special features department. How about a retro feautrette with cast and crew interviews? What about a deleted or extended scene marker? Commentary with the writer and/or director? I liked the movie but it doesn't seem much effort was put into this part of the DVD.

"A Backstage Look at The Wedding Singer on Broadway" - This 10-minute feaurette 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.

'80s Mix Tapes - You get a choice of 20+ tracks which give you info about the artist, the album it appears on, and playing the scene it appears in the movie. Not a great feature, but good if you want to re-watch a certain scene for the song.

The rest of the disc offers a Wedding Singer theatrical trailer, as well as trailers for other films.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Picture: The Wedding Singer is presented in 1.85 aspect ratio, widescreen. The colors are crisp displaying the nifty neon lights and clothing featured so prominately in the 1980s.

Sound: Probably the best part of the DVD is the offering of a DTS 5.1 track, showing off the great '80s soundtrack (like Universal's re-release of The Breakfast Club). For those without a DTS decoder or just using your TV speakers, you also have Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound as well as regular stereo surround.



.::OVERALL::.

Although disappointed with the lack of features, surprising for a New Line release, fans of Sandler, Barrymore or the '80s will enjoy this DVD. Like I said, it isn't a great movie, but it's fun, romantic and overall pleasing in the end.