P.S. I LOVE YOU (Blu-ray DVD Review) (blog)
Category: P.S. I Love You Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: June 4, 2008 | Publication: blogspot.com | Author: Eternally Unknown
Image: 16x9 Widescreen (Aspect Ratio - 2.40:1)
Sound: Dolby TrueHD English 5.1?, Stereo 2.0
Features: Additional Scenes, A Conversation With Cecelia Ahern (In High Definition), James Blunt “Same Mistake” Music Video, The Name Of The Game Is Snaps: Learn How To Play (In High Definition)
Romantic movies that deal with death can be a tricky enterprise to pull off well. Even though the films usually end up generally well done (like last year’s Catch & Release), they barely obtain a large amount of recognition with an audience.. P.S. I Love You falls into this category, a movie that is particularly good in story and acting, but will it be remembered as a masterpiece? The answer is most likely no.
In the first scene we meet a young married couple, Holly (Million Dollar Baby’s Hilary Swank), and Jerry (300’s Gerard Butler), two people clearly in love, but dealing with some turbulent issues in their marriage. But when the opening credits finish, we now learn that Jerry has passed on suddenly, leaving his wife in mental and physical limbo without him. In the wake of his absence, Holly soon learns that Jerry orchestrated a plan before his death, by writing a series of pre-planned letters and organizing events designed to help her accept his passing.
The movie is touching at certain points, and is backed up by a crew of credible actors (among them Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow, Gena Gershon, James Marsters, and Harry Connick Jr.) who serve as Holly’s support system throughout the film. The film is also funny at times, with Swank entering new comedic territory in a few scenes. The structure is also quite intriguing, as every scene with Jerry in Holly’s past, works backwards in time, while in the present day, Holly moves forward.
On Blu-ray, the movie looks fabulous. Any scenes that take place in Ireland, outside with the landscape in full cinematic view, will take your breath away. The colors and the beauty of the country capture your eye almost as if you were there. There are some early scenes which at first seem like regular DVD quality, but before long your vision will really notice the difference.
However, the sound department is the major point of controversy on this disc. On the back, the packaging claims the film possesses a 5.1 TrueHD track. But in actuality, you are only going to get a regular 2.0 surround for the film. I was shocked when I couldn’t change the audio, because no option exists on the main menu. Want to hear something more head scratching? Two features (in High Definition) have better sound than the movie itself! They both possess a 5.1 track.
The first is a solid behind-the-scenes interview segment entitled “A Conversation With Cecelia Ahern” which focus primarily on the young author of the book the film is based on, but also features brief appearances by the director and the cast discussing the project. The feature also comments at the minor differences between the book and the film. The other HD feature is a cheesy segment on how to play the game Snaps (which is referenced within the movie), and once you catch on, you’ll understand that scene a little better. There are some additional scenes that offer some expansion the film’s ideas and themes, but you can clearly see the reasons they were cut out (one scene shows Jerry in the late stages of his brain tumor, and another scene serves the same purpose as one in the original cut).
All in all, P.S. I Love You is a half-decent romantic film that tries to find an acceptable balance of tragedy, drama, and laughs. I don’t know if my particular Blu-ray copy is a fluke for the sound, but if it’s not, you may want to pass on going the high-definition route. The image alone is not reason enough to spend the extra cash for a Blu-ray copy. A standard DVD will do the job in both visual and audio together.
Overall Rating: C