Valentine’s Day Blu-Ray Review

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download 5/18!

Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
What do you do when there are almost 3,276 famous actors in one film, and they all want to be on the cover of the movie?  Well, take a look at Valentine’s Day to find out.  The cover is simply a mish-mash of most of this impressive cast.  It is crazy how many people are in this movie.  It is a utilitarian cover that just advertises who is in the movie, but with a name like Valentine’s Day, you get the idea.

The menu is static and pretty boring actually.  We get a nice big heart with more shots of the actors.  Bright and pink, but dull also, if that makes sense.

Features: 6/10

  • The Stars Confess Their Valentine’s Day Stories – In this 7 minute extra some of the starts recount their Valentine’s Day stories, both good and bad.
  • Commentary By Director Garry Marshall – Garry Marshall seems like a fun guy, and his commentary is full of excitement for this movie.  He just seems to love doing this type of thing, and it shows in his commentary.  He seems to have put everyone he knows in this film, famous or not.
  • The Garry Factor – This 5 minutes extra focuses on all things Gary Marshall.  It is a bit strange as an inclusion, but it is his baby, so why not.  Again, his enthusiasm is overly apparent.
  • Jewel Music Video – We get a music video by the female singer/songwriter entitled “Stay with Me.”  Not much to say about this, except if you like Jewel you will like the video.
  • Blooper Reel – This blooper reel is actually pretty fun to watch.  There are some great missteps by this group, and they are funny.
  • Additional Scenes – There are numerous deleted scenes here, and Director Garry Marshall introduces all of them.
  • Sex & The City 2 Sneak Peek – This seems to be a big deal right around now, as the new movie is out in just weeks, so I guess this is a nice extra.
  • Digital Copy – I am not 100% sure I need a digital copy of this movie, but my wife might put it on her iPhone, so everyone wins.  I really do like the fact that many of these movies are portable though.
  • DVD Version Of The Movie – The combo disc is both the digital version and the regular DVD.  It is funny that I accidentally put this DVD version into my player, and thought the video was a bad transfer before I realised my mistake.  There really is a big difference between Blu-ray and DVD.  Trust me.

The Movie: 4/10
I watched Valentine’s day with my wife, who thought the movie was cute and fun, but I have to say that I did not really agree with her.  Yes there are a ton of stars in the movie, and yes, it is a romantic comedy, but overall I just was not a fan.  This is a case of too much glitter and not enought substance.

For Garry Marshall’s latest, we get to see everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Queen Latifah, Jessica Alba to Shirley MacLaine, and just about everyone else in between.  The movie starts off with Ashton Kutcher’s character Reed proposing to his girlfriend Morley (Jessica Alba) on Valentine’s Day.  While this sounds romantic, it ends up that she is not ready, and instead of romantic bliss, we get to see a break up of massive proportions on the most romantic (supposedly) day of the year.  Yes I might be some what of a cynic, but there was so much pink and red that I knew I might have some issues.  Every time we see Reed (and granted, he is a florist in the movie) he is wearing pink.

From there we get to see the entertwined lives of several of the cast as they try to deal with love, and sometimes just lust, and as the movie progresses, we are introduced to character after character  and we try to fill in the connections.  Reed’s best friend is Julia (Jennifer Garner) who has a dreamy (yes I just did that) boyfriend doctor (Patrick Dempsey) who is playing her.  When Reed gets dumped, we see the light switch pop on as he realises he really loves Julia, who of course is confused as to why Reed is talking trash about her boyfriend.

There really is no good way to summarize this movie, now that I ave begun, so I will just state that there are so many plot lines and curves that at times I felt like the movie was going to go on for days.  There are some light hearted moments, and some of the acting is pretty good (Hector Elizondo was good, and the curve-ball with Eric Dane was well done).  Overall though, Valentine’s Day just felt like it was a “look how many big names we can fir on screen” type of movie, and I don’t think it worked as well as a movie that focused on just a few of the characters instead of the entire ensemble.  I did like the fact that not every relationship turned out hunky dory, even though a majority of them were pretty predictable and happy.  The one plot line that I was most interested in involved the young boy, and not any of the major characters.

Anyway, for me Valentine’s Day was not great, but as I said, my wife really enjoyed it, and has watched it twice now.  I think perhaps I just maybe don’t like movie about holidays.  I can’t wait to see an Easter movie.

Audio & Video: 7/10
While the video is a bit bright, the presentation is quite well done.  This is a pretty good transfer overall, and a very nice bright feast for your eyes.  I didn’t notice many issues with the shots at all, and the 1080p VC-1 encoded presentation is nice, even for this type of movie.

The audio was solid also, with lots of clarity and punch.  It is getting hard to find a movie that does not sound good on Blu-ray, and this one is no exception.  There was nice use of the rear speakers in this movie, and it was more than apparent, which for this type of movie is kind of unique.

Value: 4/10
As romantic comedies go, this release just doesn’t seem to be as good as it should have been.  For me the movie was meandering, and full of too many people doing too many things.  You only get a quick snapshot of one group of people before it moves on to the next group, and you therefore only really identify and start to feel empathy for a few of the characters.  There are a lot of stars in this movie, but perhaps less is better, where you can focus on one person and feel the emotions that they are experiencing, instead of trying to cover everyone.  The presentation is well done, but overall, Valentine’s day was just a dud for me.

Overall Score 5/10