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CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC ($40) is a frothy comic confection that is given substance by the presence of its star, the delightful Isla Fisher. In CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, Isla Fisher portrays Rebecca Bloomwood, who since childhood has been enamored with all the bright, shiny, pretty things found in clothing store windows. Denied those things by her sensible and frugal parents, Rebecca grows up and moves to Manhattan, where she can pursue her great love for shopping, while trying to insinuate herself into the world of high fashion magazines. Unfortunately, Rebecca’s hopes of getting her dream job are dashed, when she discovers the position at the fashion magazine is already filled. To make matters worse, she is suddenly unemployed and way behind on her credit card payments, which leave her dodging a persistent collections’ agent.

Hoping to get her foot in the door with the publishing company responsible for the fashion magazine, Rebecca applies for a job with at a sister publication- Successful Saving. Although she has no expertise in the field, Rebecca unexpectedly gets a trial position as a columnist with Successful Saving, due to her unique perspective on personal finance. Rebecca’s first column for Successful Saving not only impresses her editor Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy), it also clicks with the masses and generates positive buzz for the magazine, whose fortunes have been flagging. Of course, in typical romantic comedy fashion, there is a definite spark between said editor and his closet shopaholic writer, with all the obvious romantic and financial complications arising. The cast of CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC also features Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Fred Armisen, Leslie Bibb, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Stanton, Julie Hagerty, Nick Cornish and Wendie Malick.

Touchstone Home Entertainment has made CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. One can’t find fault with the 1080p presentation, as it perfectly renders that slightly diffuse, misty-eyed look that is so popular with romantic comedies. As the picture does have a slightly diffuse look, image sharpness and detail never crackle the way the do, when the photography goes for a more realistic look. However, I will say that close-ups do render with a really nice level of fine detail and texturing. Also, the picture does produce an appropriately dimensional quality. Colors reproduction is excellent, with the bright, bold hues of the fashion world rendering without any flaws. Additionally, the flesh tones are quite appealing. Blacks are deep and the whites are crisp. I did notice that the contrast does push a little bit, but this appears to be the desired look of the film. Shadow detail is just fine for this type of uncomplicated material. The elements from which CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC has been mastered are free from flaws. Modest grain is present, which adds an organic quality.

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. No surprises here, this is a fairly standard romantic comedy mix, with most of the sound localized front and center, while the outlying channels engage occasionally for active sound effect placement. Much of what falls into the outlying channels, are environmental sounds, general ambience and musical fill. Thanks to the lossless encode, the musical component gets a nice boost in fidelity and the sound effects are realistic. As for the bass channel, it adds some weight, as the material doesn’t require anything else. Dialogue is nicely recorded and is always easy to understand. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Featurettes include the following brief programs: Wardrobe By Patricia Field, Temple Of Shopping, The Green Scarf, New York: Fashion Central, Sample Sale Madness, Window Shopping. Three Music Videos are also provided for the following songs: Stuck With Each Other by Shontelle featuring Akon, Accessory by Jordyn Taylor and Takes Time To Love by Trey Songz. Deleted Scenes and Bloopers close out the standard extras. CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC is frothy fun for those who enjoy a steady diet of romantic comedies. The Blu-ray provides a very pretty picture that does not disappoint.



Confessions of a Shopaholic (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009)


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