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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Michael Sucsy
Cast:
Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Maria Bello
Writing Credits:
Jesse Andrews

Synopsis:
A teenage girl falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.

Box Office:
Budget:
$4.9 million.
Opening Weekend
$3,016,149 on 1667 screens.
Domestic Gross
$6,102,076.

MPAA:
Rated PG-13

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Descriptive Audio
Latin Spanish Dolby 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Latin Spanish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English

Runtime: 97 min.
Price: $35.99
Release Date: 6/5/2018

Bonus:
• Four Featurettes
• 16 Deleted Scenes
• Previews


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Every Day [Blu-Ray] (2018)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (June 6, 2018)

Based on David Levithan’s novel, 2018’s Every Day provides a “Young Adult” romance with a fantasy twist. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) dates Justin (Justice Smith), though on one particular day, he acts out of character.

Rhiannon soon discovers why: Justin has been taken over by “A”, a being who inhabits a new, different body every day. Because Rhiannon finds herself smitten by this person, she goes on a complicated journey to connect with “A” in his alternate forms.

As story premises go, that’s not a bad one. It sets up an intriguing circumstance and leads us down a semi-unpredictable path, as we can’t easily foresee how Rhiannon will cope with this quirky relationship.

Going into Day, I feared it’d be all concept, no execution. It seemed like the sort of film that could blow all its creativity on its basic idea and then fail to explore its notions in a compelling manner.

To my surprise, Day brings us a pretty engaging teen romance. While it never quite threatens to become a great film, it remains consistently provocative and involving.

Don’t expect a lot of depth here, however, as hopes Day would dig into the metaphysical ramifications of “A”’s existence flop. Arguably the movie’s biggest flaw, Day never really attempts to explain “A”’s unusual lifestyle or explore the logistics in a meaningful manner – it pays some lip service but it really doesn’t much care about the background.

Normally I would feel unhappy that a story such as this leaves so much unsaid, but Day comes with enough charm to overcome that concern. As implied, the basic premise acts as a clear positive, and the manner the film develops the Rhiannon/”A” relationship bursts out in clever ways as well.

Expect a heavy dose of John Hughes here – the presence of so much 80s synth-pop doesn’t come as a coincidence – and other inspirations seem evident. A lot of the time, Day plays like a less comedic riff on the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore flick 50 First Dates.

Even with these influences on its sleeve, Day musters its own identity, and a strong lead turn from Rice helps. She allows us to buy into the story’s fantasy premise and she grounds the tale as her character needs to react to each of “A”’s new bodies. Rice does a lot to make the movie succeed.

And succeed it does, as Every Day winds up as a clever twist on standard teen romance fare. Nothing about it dazzles, but it keeps us with it more than well enough to become a likable effort.


The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio C+/ Bonus C-

Every Day appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie delivered a good but not great presentation.

Sharpness worked fine most of the time, though some inconsistencies occurred, and those left the image a wee bit soft on occasion. Still, most of the flick appeared pretty accurate and concise.

I saw no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also failed to interfere with the presentation.

Colors opted for a fairly standard sense of orange and teal. The hues tended to be a bit lackluster, but they fleshed out as intended.

Blacks were reasonably dark and deep, while shadows seemed acceptable, though low-light shots could come across as a little murky. Overall, this was a more than adequate image.

Expect a less than enthralling DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack from Every Day, as it lacked a lot of spark. Granted, I don’t expect much zing from a teen drama like this, but the mix still could’ve been more involving than it was.

This meant the track used music well but effects lacked a lot of immersiveness. The audio focused heavily on the front speakers, and even scenes with the potential to become more engrossing – parties, thunderstorms – failed to broaden to the surrounds in a particularly effective manner.

At least audio quality worked fine, with speech that consistently remained natural and concise. While effects didn’t get to do much, they still felt accurate and lacked distortion or other issues.

Music became the most satisfactory aspect of the track, so songs and score showed nice range and dimensionality. Given the movie’s scope, this didn’t become a bad mix, but it seemed pretty ordinary.

When we head to extras, we find four brief promotional featurettes. These include “Love Is Love” (1:13), “Every Day People” (2:03), “An A By Any Other Name” (2:12) and “Book to Film Adaptation” (1:31).

Across these, we hear from director Michael Sucsy, author David Levithan, producer Anthony Bregman, and actors Angourie Rice, Debby Ryan, Justice Smith, Maria Bello, Jacob Batalon and Owen Teague. They look at story/characters as well as aspects of the novel. They’re superficial fluff.

16 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 20 minutes, 16 seconds. Many of these extend/add to existing sequences, but a few fresh bits appear, such as one in which a female “A” hits on Justin to prompt Rhiannon to break up with him. This means some of the clips seem more interesting than usual.

The disc opens with ads for Tomb Raider, Ocean’s 8, Rampage, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, The 15:17 to Paris and Ready Player One. No trailer for Day appears here.

With a clever premise and reasonably solid execution, Every Day brings a surprisingly involving teen drama. Though it slips at times, it remains largely likable and engaging. The Blu-ray brings decent picture and audio along with minor supplements. I liked the film more than expected.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3 Stars Number of Votes: 1
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