Confessions of a Shopaholic appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was an inconsistent but usually good presentation.
Sharpness caused some mild concerns. While the movie usually appeared acceptably concise, more than a few shots looked slightly soft and ill-defined. This wasn’t a massive concern, but it meant that overall clarity was a bit lackluster. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering materialized, and I noticed no edge enhancement or source flaws.
Given its fashion emphasis and girlie tone, I expected a broad palette from Shopaholic, and that’s what I got. The colors worked well, as they came across as nicely bright and dynamic. Blacks were nicely deep and firm, and shadows displayed good clarity. In general, this was a decent transfer, but the mild softness left this as a “B” presentation.
I found exactly the kind of audio I expected from this sort of film. Shopaholic offered a DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. As usual for a romantic comedy, the soundfield maintained an emphasis within the forward spectrum. There I heard good stereo separation to the music and nice delineation for the other elements. Most of the effects tended toward the ambient side of the equation and very little added much pizzazz. Most of the time, the track stayed light and breezy without much substance from the surrounds.
Audio quality appeared to be positive for the most part. Speech sounded crisp and natural most of the time, though some lines seemed a bit dull. No problems related to intelligibility resulted, however. Music and effects demonstrated fine clarity and they appeared reasonably lively. Music worked best, as that side of things showed nice bass and punch. Overall, the audio of Shopaholic was acceptable and that was about it.
We find a minor roster of supplements here. Six featurettes show up under the banner of Behind the Fashion. These include “Wardrobe by Patricia Field” (3:03), “Temple of Shopping” (2:32), “The Green Scarf” (1:33), “New York Fashion Central” (2:34), “Sample Sale Madness” (1:58) and “Window Shopping” (1:46). We get remarks from costume designer Patricia Field, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director PJ Hogan, production designer Kristi Zea, Henri Bendel CEO Ed Bucciarelli, and actors Isla Fisher, Krysten Ritter, Robert Stanton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leslie Bibb and Hugh Dancy. The pieces look at costumes, stores, locations and other elements related to the movie’s depiction of fashion. To some degree, these clips seem a bit superficial, but they do manage to provide some interesting notes about these parts of the flick.
Four Delete Scenes run a total of six minutes, 19 seconds. We locate “19 Scarfity Scarf Scarf” (0:52), “Zebra Print Pants” (3:26), “The Unexpected Kiss” (1:24) and “Plaid” (0:36). As implied by its length, “Pants” is the most substantial of these; in it, Rebecca takes on a second job to earn more money. “Scarf” reinforces her obsession with the green scarf, “Kiss” messes with the Rebecca/Luke romance, and “Plaid” offers a little joke related to Luke’s new endeavor. The last two are too silly to work, and the first two just remind us what a self-absorbed bimbo Rebecca is.
Bloopers of a Shopaholic gives us a two-minute and six-second reel. It consists of the usual array of goofs and silliness. It’s average for that sort of collection.
We also find three music videos. We get “Accessory” by Jordyn Taylor, “Stuck With Each Other” by Shontelle Featuring Akon, and “Takes Time to Love” by Trey Songz. I can’t say I enjoyed any of the songs, and the videos seem mediocre.
A few ads open Disc One. We get clips for The Proposal, Lost and Blu-ray Disc. These also appear in the Sneak Peeks area along with a promo for Morning Light. No trailer for Shopaholic shows up here.
Finally, a second disc provides a Digital Copy of the film. This allows you to easily transfer the flick to your computer or portable viewing device. It doesn’t do anything for me, but your mileage may vary, as they say.
An absurd and pointless paean to consumerism wrapped up as a cutesy slapstick romantic comedy, Confessions of a Shopaholic flops – and flops badly. It wastes the talents of its lovely lead actor and a terrific supporting cast with terrible gags and an actively annoying main character. The disc provides decent picture and audio along with some minor supplements. It’s like someone tossed every romantic comedy cliché into a blender and out popped Shopaholic. Avoid this idiotic tripe.
One note: I ran into a mix of glitches as I played this disc. Occasionally the film hung up briefly as it ran, and I found it tough to get all the extras to play correctly; I had to stop and restart the disc about 10 times to finally get through all of them. I don’t know if I simply got a bad disc or there’s a problem with the whole batch, but I thought I’d mention it.