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The Vow (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

The Vow (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)  [Blu-ray]
Studio: Screen Gems
List Price: $40.99
Street Price: $20.26
Amazon.com: $14.00
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Running Time: 104 minutes

3.9 Stars (out of 5)

Synopsis

Rachel McAdams stars in this romantic drama about a newlywed woman who slips into a coma after a car accident and awakens with amnesia. Her devoted husband (Channing Tatum) must help her recover and also win her back.

Starring:

Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange, Sam Neill, Jessica McNamee, Wendy Crewson, Tatiana Maslany, Lucas Bryant, Scott Speedman, Sarah Carter, Dillon Casey, Jeananne Goossen, Rachel Skarsten, Kristina Pesic

Director:

Michael Sucsy

Blu-ray Release Date:

May 08, 2012

Subtitles:

English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Lithuanian, Mandarin (Traditional), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish, Ukrainian

Rating

Overall rating weighted as follows:

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

Audio 3.7 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 3.5 Stars

● Dialog – 5.0 Stars

● Surround Effects – 2.0 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 4.0 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1, Turkish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Ukrainian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Russian: Dolby Digital 5.1

These type of films don’t offer many exciting audio moments, but the car crash at the beginning sounds great. The sudden tight bass of the crash is shocking, and the room is filled with tinkling sounds broken glass. From there on, the audio performance follows the standard sound signature of a romantic movie. However, the subwoofer becomes particularly active whenever music is played. Surround sounds are were surprising missing for most of the track, but if you pay attention you may here a sound or two coming from the lonely rear speakers. Dialog is king for a romantic story, and this film doesn’t miss a line of heart tugging love talk.

Video 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

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

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 4.0 Stars

● Clarity – 4.0 Stars

● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Complicated love never looked so good. The Vow has plenty of pretty things to marvel at. Clarity is clear enough to make out clothing textures and patterns, moles and scars on skin, and slow falling snowflakes. Some scenes have colors that are a little on the cold side but still remain natural. Seeing the spender of green foliage and fresh fallen snow make me want to venture outside. Some details are lost in the shadows, and some scenes were clearer than others, but overall the video performance adds to the enjoyment of this movie.

Bonus Features 3.0 Stars (out of 5)

● Audio Commentary with Director Michael Sucsy.

● Deleted Scenes (1080p, 5:56): Leo and Paige at a Concert, Friends Introduce Leo to Lina, Leo Talks About Paige with Rita, and Leo Gets Advice.

● 'Til Death Do They Part (1080p, 8:15): Cast and crew discuss the plot, casting the lead roles, and set design.

● Profiles of Love: Paige and Leo (1080p, 9:59): Interviews regarding the lead actors and the characters they play.

● Trying to Remember (1080p, 10:10): A discussion, medically and thematically, about the process of recovering a missing memories.

● Gag Reel (480p, 3:10).

● Previews.

Movie – 3.5 Stars (out of 5)

Review

I didn’t want to like this movie because I knew it would be a sappy love story with an unrealistic plot, but I liked it anyway. The Vow is formulaic movie that is able to connect with you and might make your eyes get a little moist. The silent mantra of the film is, we are the sum of our experiences, and it drives the point home without getting too weird about it. This movie is a love story, but underneath it’s about finding out who you really are, and falling in love with your match. Yes, it’s strange to have a love story involving retro-grade amnesia, but believe it or not, this was based on a true story. Just understanding that the most heartbreaking and awkward parts of this movie were true, makes me like it even more. Even with the few plot holes and sappy lines, great acting and a sweet story land this film into a place in your heart.

Posted by The HT Guys, May 25, 2012 7:14 AM

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