I really enjoyed Bridesmaids, as did my husband (which I suppose gives some credence to the hype that the movie is really a guy-movie in chick-flick’s clothing). The performances are all first rate, with Melissa McCarthy (Emmy-winning star of Mike and Molly) a stand out as the (shall we say) very peculiar sister of the groom.
The two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray disc, a standard DVD—and a digital copy of the movie that can be downloaded to your device of choice. Presented in 1080p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, the Blu-ray picture is incredibly sharp—a near cinematic rendering. The picture is richly detailed and the skyline shots of Chicago and Milwaukee (where the action takes place) give a great, three-dimensional sense of depth. The colors are all vivid, and the blacks and whites of the bridal attire come perfectly.
The lossless DTS HD audio is clear, and although most of it (as would be expected in a dialogue heavy film) comes through the center channel, the surround kicks beautifully when the film moves to large group scenes whether outdoors or inside. There is tremendous audio depth in these scenes; they are rich with sounds (and even amusing sound effects).
The extras provided with the Blu-ray are extensive and a real treat. The set includes an unrated version of the movie as well as the theatrical release, in addition to nearly three hours of bonus features. Of course there is the obligatory commentary track, but this one is with a group of incredibly funny ladies (and the director Paul Feig), so it’s well worth the listen. And since this movie relied so heavily on improvisation, the gag reel, deleted scenes and alternate takes are all must-see.
“Made of Honor: Behind the Scenes of Bridesmaids” takes viewers through the making of the movie, with comments from the cast, director and producer Apatow. A couple of the scenes are explored further in compilations of bits from the plane ride to Las Vegas, and the out-for-blood tennis game between Helen and Annie (and their respective partners). An additional montage recalls the best and worst of Annie and Helen’s “frenemies” relationship.
I’d never seen Bridesmaids when it was in theatrical release, so I had to find out if all the buzz about the movie was right. It was. This is a funny, screwball comedy with a more than a touch of romance, and some excellent performances. I highly recommend it.