The Wedding Crashers
This is one of my favorite comedies of the decade, and I've watched it numerous times over the past three years. The chemistry between Wilson and Vaughn is outstanding, and Christopher Walken's portrayal of the borderline psychotic Secretary of the Treasury is hilarious. The disc includes both the theatrical and "uncorked" versions, but I prefer the former because it doesn't drag as much during the second act.
The VC-1 encode delivers a satisfying picture with consistent contrast and solid black levels. Color reproduction is a step up over the previous DVD release with strong primaries. Detail is very good, although some of the longer sweeping shots are a bit soft compared to the razor-sharp close-ups. While not a reference release by any measure, it’s an upgrade over the DVD.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is very front-loaded with the surround speakers used mainly for ambient effects. Dialog is clearly intelligible, and the front soundstage never sounds compressed. The soundtrack contains popular wedding songsbig surprisewhich are the highlight of the audio presentation.
The special features include two separate commentariesone with stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn and the other with director David Dobkin. Other supplements include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, the "Rules of Wedding Crashing," a music video, and a couple of trailersall in standard definition.
Wedding Crashers was my favorite comedy of 2005, and it delivers a solid presentation on Blu-ray. Recommended for fans.
Release Date: December 30, 2008
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