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While I have heard some less than favorable things about GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST ($36), I found the film to be an amusing romantic comedy that spins elements of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL into a fairly charming modern fable. Matthew McConaughey stars in GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST as womanizing photographer Connor Mead, who has a distain for marriage and ends all relationships before there is any chance of a serious commitment. Returning home on the eve of his younger brother’s wedding, Connor comes face-to-face with childhood love Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner), as well as the ghost of his late uncle Wayne Mead (Michael Douglas), a lifelong bachelor, who taught his favorite nephew all the tricks of his womanizing ways. Like Jacob Marley in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Wayne advises Connor to expect visitations from three other ghosts… who ultimately show our protagonist his past, present and future, not to mention the error of his ways. The cast of GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST also features Emma Stone, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Robert Forster, Anne Archer, Daniel Sunjata, Noureen DeWulf, Rachel Boston, Camille Guaty and Amanda Walsh.

New Line Home Entertainment has made GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST features a mildly stylized look due to the wintry setting and slightly overbearing interiors, which tend to appear well rendered in the 1080p presentation. Almost all of the time, the picture is sharp, dimensional and offers a nice level of fine detail. Colors have a surprisingly earthy look and stronger saturation than I wound have expected for a film that takes place in the winter. Blacks are reasonably accurate and the whites are crisp. Contrast has a bit of harshness, while shadow detail seems purposely obscured by the low light cinematography. The elements from which GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST has been mastered are pretty much without flaws. There is a modest veneer of grain within the image, which maintains the organic quality of the presentation.

GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Not too many surprises here, as much of GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST plays in a fairly standard romantic comedy mode. There are some comic flourishes that engage the outlying channels with sound effect placement, but it is not overwhelming. Of course, the usual ambient and fill components help the sound design to create fairly natural sonic environments. The musical component gets a nice boost in fidelity, thanks to the lossless encode. As for the bass channel, it rarely has more to do, other than keeping the sound grounded. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few extras. Featurettes include: Recreating The Past, Imagining The Future (nine minutes), It's All About Connor (four minutes) and The Legends, The Lessons, And The Ladies (eight minutes). Ten minutes of Deleted Scenes close out the standard extras. A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

While it isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST is an amusing romantic comedy that is more enjoyable than some would have you to believe. The Blu-ray presentation is quite nice.



Ghosts of Girlfriends Past [Blu-ray] (2009)


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