What Happens in Vegas
Low expectations can be a blessing, and such was the case with What Happens in Vegas. I've never been very fond of either lead's body of work, but after stomaching the irritating first act, I felt genuine chemistry between the two, and the ending was rewarding and enjoyable, albeit very predictable.
Fox offers up a decent AVC encode, although the image isn't the best I have seen on Blu-ray. Detail is lacking at times, especially in backgrounds, and pumped-up contrast levels enliven the color saturation at the expense of accuracy. A yellowish tinge permeates the picture, especially in flesh tones, and grain is inconsistent from scene to scene.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is consistent with a romantic comedy front-heavy with the musical score opening up the soundstage. Dialog is clear and firmly rooted in the center, and there is sporadic use of the surround speakers in an attempt to create an engaging mix, but this is rare in the overall scheme of things.
The two-disc set features a digital copy on the second disc for use with a portable player or PC. The supplements on the BD50 include some behind-the-scenes features (HD), a commentary track by director Tom Vaughan and editor Matt Friedman, a couple of spoofs (HD) both of which are quite funny deleted scenes (SD), a gag real (SD), and some trailers (HD).
What Happens in Vegas is a silly yet entertaining romantic comedy with a decent high-def presentation. Kutcher and Diaz are a bit annoying, but solid performances by the supporting cast make this worth a rental.
Release Date: August 26, 2008
Film: 6 out of 10
Picture: 7 out of 10
Sound: 6 out of 10
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