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The presence of Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates is what piqued my interest in seeing P.S. I LOVE YOU ($36), a film that is being promoted as a romantic comedy. While the film itself does have a strong element of comedy, P.S. I LOVE YOU is far more dramatic than it is comic. P.S. I LOVE YOU places Swank in the role of recently widowed New Yorker Holly Kennedy, who finds it nearly impossible to move forward with her life. Hollyís husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) died of a brain tumor, and the foreknowledge of his impending death gave him time to plan a way for Holly to move forward with her life. Through a series of letters that he scheduled to have delivered to her, Gerry nudges Holly forward towards living the remainder of her life. If Iíve made P.S. I LOVE YOU sound like a slightly weepy chick flickÖ well then, Iíve done my job. This is a most definitely a chick flick, but it does benefit from good performances, as well as some beautiful scenery in Ireland. The cast of P.S. I LOVE YOU also features Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Harry Connick Jr., Nellie McKay and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Warner Home Video has made P.S. I LOVE YOU available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation has its moments, but this is not demonstration worthy material. The image is generally crisp and provides a very nice level of definition, but there is some softness here and there. Textures and fine details are sometimes very good, sometimes not quite as good as one would like them to be. The outdoor cinematography in Ireland is decidedly the highlight of the film. Colors are pretty vivid, sometimes a bit more than they should be. Flesh tones are usually attractive. The blacks and whites are fine, while the contrast and shadow are usually up to the task. The film elements are free from defects. Film grain can be quite noticeable, but is never excessive.

P.S. I LOVE YOU is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This is an efficient, but generally unremarkable, talky comedy/drama mix. The outlying channels only see some occasional activity; sound effects are limited, but general ambience and musical fill do fall into the rears. The musical component has respectable fidelity. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few extras. A Conversation With Cecilia Ahern offers eight minutes with the author of the book upon which the film is based. The Name Of The Game Is Snaps six minute of game instruction. Twelve minutes of Alternate Scenes and a Music Video for the song Same Mistake by James Blunt close out the extras.

P.S. I LOVE YOU is an entertaining enough chick flick, but isnít the romantic comedy some may think it to be. Warnerís Blu-ray release is nice, but nothing to write home about.



P.S. I Love You [Blu-ray] (2007)


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