The House Bunny appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. This turned into a consistently strong presentation.
At no point did any concerns with sharpness materialize. From start to finish, the movie featured concise, accurate elements. A little shimmering cropped up at times, but I saw no jagged edges, and edge enhancement seemed to be absent. Source flaws also failed to create concerns, as the movie was free from defects.
As for colors, Bunny went with a bold palette. Shelley’s workd was a candy-colored one, and that spread to the flick’s production design. The film offered consistently dynamic hues; the tones fit the design and looked good. Blacks were dark and dense, while shadows showed fine clarity and delineation. Overall, this was a very satisfying transfer.
I thought that the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Bunny seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, especially in clubs or at parties; those sequences boasted lively music. However, as most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B“ but didn’t particularly impress.
Most of the extras for Bunny come under the featurettes domain. We find 12 of them. These run a total of 53 minutes, 15 seconds, and include “Anna Faris: House Mom” (5:46), “The Girls of Zeta” (5:23), “The Girls Upstairs” (3:08), “Colin Hanks: Mr. Nice Guy” (4:44), “From Song to Set: Katharine McPhee” (4:20), “From Tour Bus to Trailer: Tyson Ritter” (5:14), “Look Who Dropped By” (4:25), “House Bunny Style” (6:07), “Zetas Transformed” (2:32), “Getting Ready for a Party” (3:22), “Calendar Girls” (3:53) and “House Bunny Memories” (4:21). Across these, we hear from producers Allen Covert and Heather Parry, costume designer Mona May, and actors Anna Faris, Katharine McPhee, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Dana Goodman, Rumer Willis, Kimberly Makkouk, Kiely Williams, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, Kendra Wilkinson, Tyson Ritter, Matt Leinart, Sean Salisbury, Nick Swardson, Dan Patrick, and Sarah Wright.
We learn about cast, characters and performances, some story elements, costume design, hair and makeup, and general thoughts about the shoot. The first 33 minutes – from “Faris” through “Dropped” – are essentially a waste of time. Those featurettes offer some decent shots from the set and a few quick alternate lines/scenes, but mostly they just show a lot of joking and silliness.
Matters improve a bit once we get to “Style”, but not much. The featurettes include some basic notes about costumes and whatnot, but they remain awfully superficial. With 53 minutes at their disposal, I’d expect the producers of these featurettes to provide something informative, but these pieces are little more than a whole lot of fluff and happy talk.
10 Deleted Scenes go for a total of 11 minutes, 53 seconds. We see a little more of Shelley’s time between her eviction from the Mansion and her arrival at the Zeta house. We also check out a little more of Shelley’s time with the girls and additions to the film’s climax. I actually think the bits that follow Shelley’s departure from the mansion might’ve been good to find in the final film, but the rest of it seems superfluous.
We find a music video for “I Know What Boys Like”. The tune features McPhee the most prominently, but the other Zeta actresses sing a bit too. The video mixes new lip-synch performance bits with shots from the movie. Neither the song nor the video does much for me.
We also get a 29-second introduction to the video. In it, McPhee tells us how great the whole experience was. Music producer Kenna also throws in a line or two. Yawn!
The DVD opens with a few ads. We get promos for Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Center Stage 2: Turn It Up and Hancock. These also appear in the Previews area along with clips for This Christmas, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, Made of Honor, Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous, 50 First Dates, 21, The Other Boleyn Girl, Persepolis, 10 Items or Less and Blu-Ray Disc. No trailer for Bunny appears here.
Random and pointless, The House Bunny boasts a marginally clever concept but comes with no other positives. The film does little more than steal from other flicks, and it never ties together these elements in an amusing or satisfying manner. The DVD comes with excellent picture quality, good audio, and lackluster extras; the long collection of superficial featurettes seems especially disappointing. Because I expected little from it, I can’t call Bunny itself a disappointment, but I can say that it’s forgettable.