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Reuniting Ben Stiller with The Farrelly Brothers, one normally expects another THEREíS SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. However, THE HEARTBREAK KID ($30) plays too much like a 1970ís era Neil Simon comedy with outrageous comic moments tacked onto it. This isnít to say that THE HEARTBREAK KID isnít funny, just that the film has a disjointed quality that doesnít always work. The premise of THE HEARTBREAK KID finds Ben Stiller in the role of Eddie, an unmarried forty-something-year-old, who finds himself a social outcast amongst all his married friends. After attending the wedding of a former girlfriend, and taking the usual pro-marriage berating from his father Doc (Jerry Stiller), Eddie enters into a whirlwind courtship and ridiculously quick marriage to Lila (Malin Akerman). On their Mexican Honeymoon, Eddie discovers Lila is anything but the girl he thought he was marrying, and wishing for an even quicker annulment.

While Lila recuperates from too much Mexican sunshine, Eddie meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), who is vacationing with her family. Innocent conversation turns to attraction, and Eddie finds himself enjoying his time with Mirandaís family. However, the truth about Eddieís marital status eventually comes to light- leaving him in a worse predicament and looking for a way for true love to prevail. Like I stated above, THE HEARTBREAK KID has a disjointed feeling; with the sidesplitting vulgar comedy seeming as though it is just the fresh veneer laid over old-fashioned Neil Simon story. The cast of THE HEARTBREAK KID also features Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson, Polly Holliday, Danny R. McBride, Roy Jenkins, Stephanie Courtney, Amy Sloan, Jerry Sherman, Lauren Bowles, Nicholas Kromka and Michael Kromka.

Dreamworks Home Entertainment has made THE HEARTBREAK KID available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is truly super, making this a gorgeous looking comedy in high definition. Image sharpness and detail are fairly excellent, all the way down to the level of fine detail. Textures on objects, as well as inconsistencies in the actorsí are well rendered. The picture also produces terrific dimensionality. Colors are warm and vibrant, yet highly stable. Flesh tones tend to be very appealing; although there are moments they seem a bit too ripe. Blacks are velvety, whites are crisp plus the picture sports smooth contrast and impressive shadow detail. The elements from which THE HEARTBREAK KID have been mastered are virtually free from flaws. A fine sheen of grain is noticeable throughout, keeping things very organic.

THE HEARTBREAK KID is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. As expected, this is a fairly standard comedy mix, but the outlying channels do engage occasionally for mild sound effect placement. THE HEARTBREAK KID is almost always on talky side, but the ambience in the sound design helps create fairly natural sounding sonic environments. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. The musical component has strong fidelity, which is great for the songs on the soundtrack. As for the bass channel, it has little to do other than adding weight to the effects. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with The Farrelly Brothers. Featurettes include The Farrelly Brothers In The French Tradition (sixteen minutes), Ben And Jerry (five minutes), Heartbreak Halloween (three minutes) and The Egg Toss (eight minutes). Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel and a Theatrical Trailer close out the extras.

Although it has a number of very funny moments, THE HEARTBREAK KID is a disjointed effort from The Farrelly Brothers. Visually, the Blu-ray presentation is a winner.



The Heartbreak Kid [Blu-ray] (2007)


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