Bridget Jones’s Diary appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a mediocre presentation.
Sharpness seemed erratic, as definition varied a lot. Some shots offered reasonably good clarity, whereas others would be loose and fuzzy. The majority of the film delivered acceptable accuracy, but the results never seemed especially concise. No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, but I saw light edge haloes at times and the movie exhibited something of a “processed” look. Print flaws failed to become a factor.
Like everything else, colors lacked consistency. Overall, the hues seemed bland and without much vivacity – except when they appeared too heavy. Blacks were too dark, and shadows lacked clarity. This was never a terrible image, but it was consistently blah.
Given the subject matter, I expected a low-key effort from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, and the audio followed suit. This was a standard “comedy mix” without much in terms of involvement.
Music showed good stereo presence, and score/songs also used the surrounds pretty well. Effects tended to be less active, though. Occasional scenes – street shots, parties, etc. – boasted a modicum of rear channel information, and some localized dialogue popped up on rare occasion. Most of the time, though, the soundscape stayed limited; even the “showier moments” – like a fight – failed to do much with the various speakers.
Audio quality was acceptable. Speech could be a bit reedy but remained intelligible, and effects showed decent accuracy. They had little to do and appeared clear, if without range. Music fared best, as the score and songs usually came across with fairly positive pep. I couldn’t say the soundtrack disappointed me, but it also seemed uninspiring.
The set includes a decent array of extras, and these start with an audio commentary from director Sharon Maguire. She provides a running, screen-specific look at the source and its adaptation, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, costumes, and connected areas.
Overall, Maguire delivers a pretty informative chat. Despite occasional lulls, she manages to cover a good array of topics in a pleasing manner. These factors lead to a satisfactory chat.
Seven Deleted Scenes run a total of 11 minutes, 54 seconds. These offer a bit more exposition, especially in terms of the Bridget/Daniel relationship, and we find a few purely comedic beats. We also locate a cute coda. Nothing essential occurs, but the clips entertain.
Next we get a mix of featurettes. The Young and the Mateless fills eight minutes, 14 seconds with info from author Karen Salmansohn, Allure Magazine editor in chief Linda Wells, Sex and the City executive producer/writer Jenny Bicks and journalist Alex Kuczynski. They discuss the difficulties faced by the single woman in the modern world. This mainly seems whiny.
With The Bridget Phenomenon, we find a six-minute, 36-second piece with notes from Maguire, author Helen Fielding, producers Eric Fellner and Jonathan Cavendish, and actors Hugh Grant, Sally Phillips, James Callis, Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger, Jacinda Barrett, and Gemma Jones. “Phenomenon” discusses the reasons for the series’ success. This echoes the whininess of “Mateless” and promotes the Diary sequel, so it lacks value.
The nine-minute, 38-second Behind the Scenes Featurette includes Maguire, Fielding, Zellweger, Grant, Firth and actor Embeth Davidtz. It covers story/character areas as well as cast and performances. Despite a few shots from the set, this becomes another fluffy, largely information-free piece.
Portrait of the Makeup Artist fills five minutes, four seconds with remarks from chief makeup artist Graham Johnston. He tells us a little about his work on the film. No one will mistake this for a deep featurette, but Johnston manages to offer some good insights.
Finally, A Guide to Bridget Britishisms two minutes, 21 seconds. This shows movie scenes and translates the lines into material more understandable for Americans. If you need this for translation, you’re too stupid to run a Blu-ray player.
The disc opens with ads for , Everything Must Go, I Love You Phillip Morris, Immigration Tango and The Switch. No trailer for Diary appears here.
Bridget Jones’s Diary isn’t an esoteric female comedy - it’s just plain funny. It’s a good chick flick, with an interesting, well-paced story and authentic, likable characters. The Blu-ray provides mediocre picture and audio along with supplements highlighted by a fairly enjoyable commentary. The movie works but the Blu-ray seems lackluster.
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