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Morning Glory Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Audio Description, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Region: A (B? C?)
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • List Price: $29.99

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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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:2.5/5]

Writer Aline Brosh McKenna’s (The Devil Wears Prada) Morning Glory can be seen as the aftermath of Broadcast News thirty-years later. Network news is now completely taken over by fluff and the intelligent anchor has been swept aside in favor of the good looking airhead. And like Broadcast News, Morning Glory takes a peek behind the curtain of a network newsroom, this time for a morning news show, while also showing us a world of romance.

Rachel McAdams stars as a young and ambitious young news producer who gets a job as executive producer at a failing network morning news show in New York City. When she arrives there, she finds herself being pursued romantically by a handsome newsman (Patrick Wilson) and battling her cantankerous new anchorman (Harrison Ford) who refuses to do any of the fluff pieces the show needs to get their ratings up in order stay on the air.

Unfortunately, Morning Glory never quite finds its footing as either a romantic comedy or a parody of television news, unlike its much better counterpart, Broadcast News, from which it so obviously steals much of its inspiration and material. Rather than being a truly contemplative and romantic drama with well defined characters, strong leading women, and the heartache of romance, Morning Glory is just a self-parody that comes off as a justification of fluff over substance.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The AVC/MPEG-4 encodement of Morning Glory is generally strong offering a clean image, bright colors and a good amount of detail. The only noticeable issues are an inconsistent grain level, the image sometimes lapsing into softness, and black levels not quite as dark as they could be.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The sound, though rather front-heavy, as is typical with most films of this sort, is still pretty good. There are a few scenes, such as one with rapper 50 Cent performing in the studio and with the weatherman riding a roller coaster, where things really open up, the surround channels come alive and so does the subwoofer.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

The release is rather barebones when it comes to supplements. Only the obligatory audio commentary and one very brief deleted scene are provided. Paramount hasn’t even offered a DVD or Digital Copy in the package.

  • Commentary by Director Roger Michell and Writer Aline Brosh McKenna
  • Deleted Scene – “Shampoo Bottles” (1.78:1; 1080p/24)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

It may be okay for mindlessly passing some time if you’re into that sort of thing, especially since Harrison Ford puts on an absolutely believable performance and Rachel McAdams has the charm level turned up to eleven, but ultimately Morning Glory falls flat.

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Morning Glory - Widescreen Dubbed Subtitle AC3

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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