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A personal favorite amongst Adam Sandlerís movies, THE WEDDING SINGER ($29) is a truly funny and charming little romantic comedy that also works as a biting satire of fashions and trends from the 1980s. In THE WEDDING SINGER, Sandler stars as Robbie Hart, the character of the filmís title, who is ironically, left standing at the altar on the day of his own wedding. Robbie doesn't take the rejection very well, and falls into a deep depression. Going back to work doesn't help, because seeing happy couples makes Robbie even more miserable, turning him into the wedding singer from hell.

Robbieís outlook on life remains bleak until he becomes involved with Julia (Drew Barrymore), a young waitress who is planning her own wedding. Since Robbie knows the wedding business inside out, Julia enlists his help to avoid being ripped off. Being with Julia brings Robbie out of his funk and the two start to fall for one another. In addition to the charm of the romantic story line, and Sandlerís wonderful chemistry with Barrymore, THE WEDDING SINGER also boasts a marvelous soundtrack that includes some of the best party songs of the 1980s. The cast of THE WEDDING SINGER also features Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Matthew Glave, Ellen Albertini Dow, Angela Featherstone, Alexis Arquette, Christina Pickles and rock star Billy Idol portraying himself. Look for Jon Lovitz and Steve Buscemi in some utterly hilarious cameos.

New Line Home Entertainment has made THE WEDDING SINGER available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation is nice, but this isnít exactly hi-def demo material. A bit too much digital processing has been applied to the image, making it seem far smoother than it should be. There is more than a reasonable amount of sharpness and definition in the picture, but it is not exemplary. Fine details like tiny individual hairs are still visible, but the image has lost the nuances of texturing, with the actorís skin appearing a bit homogenized, as do fabrics and other objects. Color reproduction is where the presentation really shines, with the bright eightiesí hues popping quite nicely throughout the presentation. Blacks and whites are fine, as are the levels of contrast and shadow detail. The elements from which THE WEDDING SINGER has been mastered do display some minor blemishes. Film grain is fairly minimal, but that has to be expected with the application of DNR.

THE WEDDING SINGER is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. For the most part, THE WEDDING SINGER plays in the dialogue heavy, talky comedy mode, but this is a better than average soundtrack for its excellent musical component. As I stated above, numerous classic eighties songs are incorporated into the soundtrack, and thanks to the lossless encode, they really sound sweet on Blu-ray. A smattering of directional effects make their way to the outlying channels; additionally, the usual complement of ambient sounds can be found in the mix. Dialogue is crisply rendered and remains totally understandable. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as A Backstage Look At The Wedding Singer On Broadway (ten minutes) and a theatrical trailer.

THE WEDDING SINGER is a charming and sweet comedy and remains a personal favorite amongst Adam Sandlerís movies. The Blu-ray is a nice upgrade over the DVD edition, but the image appears a little too over-processed for its own good. Well, at least the soundtrack sounds great.



The Wedding Singer [Blu-ray] (1998)


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