American Wedding appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Gah – what an awful presentation!
Softness ran rampant here, as virtually every aspect of the movie looked mushy and ill-defined. Sure, some scenes seemed a bit more precise than others, but nothing here even came across with appropriate delineation.
Instead, we found a bland, dull presentation. Though some grain emerged, I suspected noise reduction behind a lot of the absence of detail.
Whatever the case, Wedding seemed painfully, distractingly soft. At least this meant no moiré effects or jagged edges, but edge haloes cropped up on more than a few occasions. Print flaws stayed minor, as I saw a few specks but nothing more.
In terms of colors, Wedding opted for a heavily amber tint, with some teal tossed in on occasion. These hues tended to seem a bit heavy and flat, as the amber impression could feel oddly oppressive at times.
Blacks came across as inky, while low-light shots provided decent clarity. This became a depressingly bad image.
When we got to the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Wedding, we found audio that served as low-key support for the action. As one might anticipate, the sound stayed mainly focused in the forward channels.
Occasional use of the surrounds occurred in scenes at parties, but don’t expect much material from the back speakers. The channels added decent ambience.
Audio quality was fine. Speech always sounded natural and crisp, and I noticed no issues connected to edginess or intelligibility.
Music came across as reasonably dynamic and lively, though the score and songs never really stood out as stellar. Effects played a minor role but they created accurate elements with acceptable range. There wasn’t anything exciting on display here, but the sound did the job it needed to do.
The disc includes both the film’s theatrical (1:36:28) and unrated (1:43:24) cuts. Most of the added footage revolves around the bachelor party. The longer edition works no better than the “R”-rated one.
Two audio commentaries appear here, and the first comes from director Jesse Dylan and actor Seann William Scott. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, aspects of the trilogy, cast and performances, editing and cut scenes, sets and locations, music and other domains.
Though the commentary touches on these topics, it mainly looks at the actors, with a not-illogical emphasis on Scott. He manages some good notes about his work.
However, much of the track feels general and oriented toward happy talk. Both joke around, laugh at the movie and fail to provide us a ton of insight. While not a bad commentary, this one lacks consistency and much substance.
For the second commentary, we hear from actors Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Thomas Ian Nicholas. All four sit together for their running, screen-specific discussion of their roles/performances as well as sets and locations.
As flawed as the Dylan/Scott commentary might be, it seems terrific compared to this awful track. The actors tell us nearly nothing of note, as they prefer to joke and make crude remarks. This becomes a pretty terrible stab at a commentary.
12 Deleted Scenes span a total of 22 minutes, nine seconds. That total includes introductions from screenwriter Adam Herz, though Scott offers a lead-in for two of them.
In these cut sequences, most give us additional time with Michelle and secondary characters. The last pair deliver more slapstick with Stifler, including a long sequence where he fools around with blow-up dolls.
The Michelle scenes probably should’ve made the movie, as they expand her negligible role in the final flick. The rest seem superfluous or worse – especially the monotonous Stifler stuff.
A collection of Outtakes goes for six minutes, seven seconds. Expect the usual goofs and giggles from this blooper reel.
With Stifler Speak, we get a seven-minute, 15-second featurette that involves Scott, Herz, Biggs, Dylan, and actor Fred Willard.
“Speak” looks at Scott’s performance and choices related to his role. It mixes some good notes and footage from the set with praise for the actor.
Inside the Bachelor Party spans nine minutes, 47 seconds and features Herz, Willard, Scott, Thomas, Dylan, and actors Eric Allan Kramer, Nikki Ziering and Amanda Swisten.
As expected, this show lets us get a closer look at one of the movie’s big comedic set pieces. It offers a decent view of the production, though the second half comes with a lot of blooper material.
Next comes Grooming the Groom, a six-minute, 34-second reel with Biggs, producers Chris Moore, Chris Bender and Craig Perry, prop makers “Dave and Scott”, and special effects director Ron Trost. “Grooming” examines the sequence in which Jim shaves his pubes. It becomes another mix of facts and goofiness.
Cheesy Wedding Video goes for two minutes, 59 seconds and presents a montage. It attempts to show the movie’s nuptials ala a real wedding video. It’s kind of a cool extra.
After this we get Kevin Cam, a three-minute 34-second piece that focuses on “a day in the life of an actor”. We see samples of Nicholas’s time on the set in this decent piece.
Nikki’s Hollywood Journal takes up nine minutes, 55 seconds and gives us more from Ziering. Like “Kevin Cam”, this follows Ziering through the day of the movie’s premiere. It’s not especially interesting.
Finally, A Look Inside American Reunion spans three minutes, 58 seconds and offers notes from Biggs, Scott, Thomas, Nicholas, directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and actors Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, Tara Reid and Eugene Levy. It offers a basic promo for the fourth movie.
After three films, American Wedding showed a franchise totally devoid of creativity. It offers nothing more than cheap gags and insincere drama. The Blu-ray brings adequate audio and a nice collection of bonus materials but picture quality looks awful. This becomes a problematic release for a genuinely bad movie.