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One for the Money [Blu-ray]

One for the Money [Blu-ray]
Studio: Lionsgate
List Price: $39.99
Street Price: $19.96
Amazon.com: $17.00
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running Time: 91 minutes

4.0 Stars (out of 5) - Rated PG-13


Janet Evanovich's spunky heroine, Stephanie Plum, is adrift after getting a divorce and losing her job. To make ends meet, she becomes a bounty hunter, with her first big case revolving around a high school boyfriend who may be falsely accused.


Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Sherri Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds, Patrick Fischler, Debra Monk, Ana Reeder, Nate Mooney


Julie Anne Robinson

Blu-ray Release Date:

May 15, 2012


English, Spanish


Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 4.0 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 3.5 Stars

● Dialog – 4.5 Stars

● Surround Effects – 3.5 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 4.5 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

One for the Money has a decent DTS-HD audio performance and tries to accent the few action sequences the film possesses. Rear channels are quite active, however they are mainly used for subtle sounds such as crowd chatter, chirping birds, distant police sirens, and distant rolling thunder. Dialog is handled well, and only hiccupped on a few words. The low end does a good job of adding some weight to the overall soundtrack, but it isn’t strong enough to impress anyone. The subwoofer performance is effective when hearing gunshots, some of the musical score, and an explosion. Overall, this audio mix matches the film, but it won’t be something you’ll remember.

Video 4.8 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 5.0 Stars

● Shadow detail – 5.0 Stars

● Clarity – 4.5 Stars

● Skin tones – 4.5 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Video Resolution: 1080P, Aspect Ratio: 2.4:11, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Colors are slightly warm and bring life to the old sky blue Buick, grandma’s flowery blouses, and the bright red convertible. Film grain is very light, and compression issues weren’t noticed. The sharpness is clean in most scenes and is able to bring out the details in bricks on buildings, tiny wrinkles, loose hairs, and clothing textures. Dark scenes look great and don’t lose many details to the darkness.

Bonus Features 2.5 Stars (out of 5)

● Making the Money: Behind-the-Scenes - A featurette with the standard behind the scenes extra, with interviews of cast, crew, author, and director.

● Bond Girls: Kicking Ass in the Bail Bonds Industry – This is by far the best bonus feature, focusing on some of the real women in the bail bonds industry.

● Gag Reel

● Deleted Scene

Movie – 2.0 Stars (out of 5)


One for the Money claims to be an action comedy, but its barely funny and hardly has any action. You would expect a movie about a female bounty hunter to have a few impressive estrogen filled action sequences. Instead you get attempts at action interrupted by unfunny campy comedy. It tries to be an interesting story full of fun characters, but I found it hard to connect with anyone or care about what happened to them. The beginning is too fast paced and it was hard to understand the plot details. The plot has holes big enough to drive a truck through and the script is not very smart and neither are the characters. The movie does a decent job of putting the characters in unique situations, and it was nice to see a film about a woman working in bail bonds. However, the ending was ruined for me when the bad guy gives a cliché 2 minute speech explaining why he did it and what he’s going to do. People who are fans of this book series might enjoy this film, but I doubt I will ever watch it again or remember it after I’ve finished this review.

Posted by The HT Guys, May 17, 2012 7:00 AM

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