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She’s The One [Filmmakers Signature Series] Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, Spanish Stereo, French Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 96 Mins
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Digital Copies: None
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • List Price: $29.98

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

She’s The One tells the story of Mickey (Edward Burns), a New York City cab driver only if because it helps him to help to sort of forget about his once pending marriage to Heather (Cameron Diaz). See, the two broke it off after Mickey walked in on her with another man. On the other hand, Mickey’s brother Francis (Mike McGlone) seemingly has everything his brother doesn’t; a lucrative Wall Street job, a car and driver and a beautiful wife Renee (Jennifer Aniston). Needless to say Francis is everything his father Mr. Fitzpatrick (John Mahoney) wants Mickey to be. Perhaps it’s because Francis has everything that he easily gets bored with his life – so bored that he ends up having an affair with Heather (yes, the same Heather who broke his brother Mickey’s heart.)

Meanwhile, Mickey continues his life of being a cab driver, meeting new people here and there. One such day arrives with when a local art student Hope (Maxine Bahns) hails a cab Mickey is driving. After a little conversation, Hope asks Mickey to forgo her original destination – and bring her to New Orleans to be her date in a friend’s wedding. Mickey, known for his sudden impulses, agrees. Soon, continuing with said impulses, Mickey and Hope return home – married. The rest of the film deals with the sudden marriage between the two, the reaction of Mickey’s family, as well as the resurfacing of Heather. What results is Edward Burns best film, one of which captures everything life is about – with all of its ups and downs – with everything that makes and defines us as humans.

Edward Burns has the ability, unlike others, to tell stories that easily relate to everyday human life. The themes he uses in his works, like The Brothers McMullen with morality and now with brotherhood in She’s The One, open our eyes and make us physically listen with our ears, and emotionally with our hearts. While we can’t all say we’ve been through what Mickey or Francis have been, we can easily relate to the simple story of family that Burns is trying to tell. Anyone who has an older/young sibling has felt the strain that Mickey feels, the sheer expectations weighing on your shoulders that you haven’t become what your parents wanted you to. This aspect makes She’s The One, in this reviewers humble opinion, the best work Edward Burns has completed to date.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

She’s The One arrives with a 1:85:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer, one of which is a solid effort. The film’s color palette offers up bright, vivid colors, all of which help to capture the themes of the film quite well. Cinematographer Frank Prinzi accurately captures each and every sequence, whether a low-lit interior shot or a lively exterior moment, with a sense of style and professionalism. Despite the film’s age, Fox has not applied any scrubbing tools such as DNR, which was a pleasant surprise. All in all, this is another check in the ‘+’ column for Fox.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Featuring an English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio track, this lossless mix is about as good as one might expect from a single channel offering. Dialogue, as one might expect, is well reproduced throughout with no real instance of drop out. Outside of the dialogue aspect, the rest of the track is limited. The film’s use of music, via Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, does bring a sense of atmosphere to its sequences. Having listened to Tom Petty a few times before, I must admit that the inclusion of his music helped me enjoy the film even more. Even though the mix itself is lacking the extra channels, I still found this to be a fairly effective job by Fox.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1.5/5]

The provided supplements are featured in Standard Definition:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Edward Burns
  • Featurette – This one runs 8:09 and is a fairly basic behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film via cast interviews.
  • Music Video – “Walls” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (5:46).
  • Trailer – The film’s trailer (2:37) is shown.
  • Booklet: 28-page booklet with essay on the making of the film,  in-depth profiles of the cast and crew, and production stills.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

With pure heart, emotion and the connection to everyday family life, Edward Burns’ She’s The One is his best work to date. Equally good is Fox’s Blu-ray with a serviceable technical presentation. Highly Recommended to those who just like all around great films.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1.5/5]

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