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Four Weddings and a Funeral Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1, Polish Dolby Surround 2.0, Portuguese Dolby Surround 2.0, Spanish (Castilian) DTS 5.1, Spanish (Latin American) Dolby Surround 2.0, Thai Dolby Surround 2.0
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin American), Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: MGM
  • Blu-ray Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • List Price: $16.99

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4/5]

Here is the film that sent actor Hugh Grant into the stratosphere. 1994’s British romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral is the amusing, cleverly witty and sharp story about a year and a half in the life of a man, Charles (Grant) and his group of friends told mainly at other people’s weddings – and one funeral.

Charles is in his early-thirties, but just hasn’t been able to settle down and find the right woman. Yet he somehow seems to keep ending up lately at other people’s weddings. This is where we first meet him, as the best man at his friend’s wedding, late, and without the rings. This is also where he meets the fun-loving, freewheeling American, Carrie (Andie MacDowell). Carrie is sexy, naughty, and everything Charles wants in a woman. The two find themselves sleeping together after the wedding and parting ways, only to bump into each other a few months later at another wedding, but this time Carrie is engaged. That doesn’t seem top stop them from falling into to bed together again. It’s an odd romance between two people who weren’t made for marriage, but are made for each other that plays out against the backdrop of other people’s weddings – including Carrie’s!

Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of those odd rom-coms that is actually funny to watch and won’t frighten all the men away – at least not once they really get into it. Right from the first act’s infamous opening blitz of f-bombs, you know you’re in for something very different and very grown up.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

This looks like yet another MGM release that’s just been tossed onto Blu-ray by MGM with minimal restoration efforts. There are lots of instances of apparent source damage, especially at the beginning of the film. Dark areas show some video noise and there is an overall softness to the image. Otherwise the AVC/MPEG-4 encodement shows natural flesh tones and strong details in the foreground, but is not a particularly noteworthy edition.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The soundtrack has been given a mild spruce up with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. The sound is open and airy with a good bit of ambience and nice occasional use of discrete panning to the surrounds. Dialogue is clean with no hint of clipping. Otherwise, the mix is rather front-heavy, as one might expect.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

There are quite a few “feel good” type supplements on here that at least offer a good bit of time with the cast members and filmmakers.

The supplements provided with this release:

  • Commentary by Director Mike Newell, Producer Duncan Kenworthy, and Writer/Co-Executive Producer Richard Curtis
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral: In the Making (1.33:1; 480i/60; 00:07:45) – This making of featurette offers interview segments with the filmmakers and actors Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.
  • The Wedding Planners (1.78:1; 480i/60; 00:29:48) – The filmmakers discuss the evolution bringing Four Weddings and a Funeral to the screen.
  • Two Actors and a Director (1.78:1; 480i/60; 00:05:41) – Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant discuss being cast in their roles and working together while director Mike Newell discusses casting the roles and working with the actors.
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Producer Duncan Kenworthy:
    • The Wedding Line
    • The Novice Priest
    • The Deaf Father
    • The Friends
    • The Kiss
  • Promotional Spots:
    • Comments by Producer Duncan Kenworthy
    • Hugh Grant’s Promotional Spot
    • Andie MacDowell’s Promotional Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

A classic romantic comedy that’s full of charm and wit, Four Weddings and a Funeral has arrived in a Blu-ray release from MGM that leaves a lot to be desired in terms of picture quality, but it is still an enjoyable film.

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BestBuy.com:
Four Weddings and a Funeral - Fullscreen

Purchase Four Weddings and a Funeral on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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