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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part III

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"The Heartbreak Kid"  (HD DVD)

The Heartbreak KidSynopsis

When the single and indecisive Eddie meets the sexy and beautiful Lila, the guy who could never pull the trigger jumps the gun. While honeymooning in Mexico, Eddie discovers he's made a really big mistake. He soon meets Miranda, his real soul mate. But when the love of your life isn't your wife, things can get quickly out of control. Now it will take some desperate measures to turn his honeymoon from hell into the perfect romantic getaway.

Specifications

    • Dreamworks
      2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 54 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French/Spanish DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly
    • Starring Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller
Rating
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  • Violence: Comedic
  • Sex: Strong
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I didn't have very high hopes going into this one. I am not a big Ben Stiller fan, and the previous Farrelly Brother's films haven't always struck a big chord with me. Thankfully, this one is fun. There is still some trademark over the top humor, but most of the great laughs aren't forced. Being a newlywed myself, I enjoyed the themes and situations in this one. Worth a look for sure.

Technical

The image quality here is quite good, with great color rendition and depth of image. Most of the film takes place outdoors and the image benefits from the gorgeous scenery of Cabo and the Bay area. Fine object detail is also quite good, adding a lot to the dimensional quality of the image. I didn't see any compression issues at all, and the print seems to be in excellent shape. Contrast is quite good, but I thought the image was a bit dark at times for some reason. Overall though, this is a very nice HD transfer.

I'm glad to see Paramount/Dreamworks at least attempting to up their lossless audio soundtrack count. I just wish they would do it with more films that would probably take advantage of it more. This one isn't really one of them. Nothing sounds bad here, but this isn't a film with interesting sound design. Dialogue is clean and articulate though, and the imaging across the main channels is fine. Surrounds are utilized, but you don't get much from them. Some of the music selections liven things up a bit, but only a little.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, production features, and the trailer. Only the trailer is HD.