- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: VC-1
- Resolution: 108op/24
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1 (Quebecois), Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
- Region: ABC
- Rating: PG-13
- Discs: 2
- Studio: New Line Cinema
- Blu-ray Release Date: May 18, 2010
- List Price: $35.99
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Valentine’s Day is Gary Marshall’s sugary-sweet romantic comedy set on the eponymous holiday. It follows several characters, couples new and old and single folks searching for love as their lives intertwine on that eventful day.
Valentine’s Day’s strongest attribute is its all-star cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Fox, and Julia Roberts. With so many strong actors doing a top-notch job with such light fare, it’s easy to overlook the deficiencies and clichés in Valentine’s Day.
The main story revolves around the flower shop owner Reed (Ashton Kutcher), recently dumped by his fiancé (Jessica Alba) and his best pal Julia (Jennifer Garner) as they slowly realize through their failed relationships (Julia’s boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey) turns out to be married) that they’re really in love with each other. Queue the violins and harps.
There are so many cute twists and subplots in Valentine’s Day, that some of the stories seem a bit rushed and underdeveloped, such as Jamie Foxx as the sports reporter sent out on the street to cover stories about love and his budding romance with publicity agent Kara (Jessica Biel) or the three week romance between a mailroom guy (Topher Grace) and a receptionist moonlighting as an “adult phone entertainer” (Anne Hathaway).
In the end, Valentine’s Day may not be the greatest film ever made, and it’s certainly not the greatest romantic comedy around, but it does deliver on its promise to provide a toothache-inducing dose of romance. It’ll make a perfect date movie, and then some.
Color reproduction in Valentine’s Day’s 1.78:1 1080p VC-1 encoding is splendid. The overload of pinks and rosy red hues explode from the screen while flesh tones are spot on. There is a thin veneer of grain that varies in intensity, but the overlook is film-like and detailed.
Audio in the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack is on the typically boring side for a film of this sort, but it is well done nonetheless. Dialogue is clean and intelligible and the surrounds carry a good bit of atmospheric information. The scenes during Kara’s “I Hate Valentine’s Day” party in the Indian restaurant offer up a great opportunity for the subwoofer to flex its muscles a bit with some extended low frequencies with some lively music.
You want supplements? Valentine’s Day serves them all up in 1080p, including loads of deleted scenes that didn’t make the final cut.
The supplements provided on this release are:
- Blooper Reel (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:05.47)
- Additional Footage (1.78:1; 1080p/24):
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Introductions by Gary Marshall
- The Stars Confess Their Valentine’s Day Stories (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:06.27)
- The Garry Factor (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:05.03) — Find out from the star-studded cast why Garry Marshall was the only reason they agreed to do the film.
- “Stay Here Forever” Music Video by Jewel (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
- Commentary by Director Gary Marshall
- Sneak Peek:
- Sex and the City 2 Sneak Peek Trailer (1.85:1; 1080p/24. Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Digital Copy
The Definitive Word
Valentine’s Day offers an overdose of romance to enjoy with the special person in your life all on a vividly reproduced high def Blu-ray from New Line.
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