Just Married appears in both an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 and in a fullscreen version on this double-sided, single-layered DVD; the widescreen image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Only the letterboxed picture was reviewed for this article. Not many problems emerged during this genuinely solid image.
Sharpness always looked great. No signs of softness emerged at any time. I thought the picture looked crisp and detailed. Jagged edges and moirť effects presented no issues, and I also detected no signs of edge enhancement. As for print concerns, I saw a mark or two, but otherwise it looked clean and free from problems.
Married displayed a varied and lively palette. The colors consistently looked excellent, and they often really leapt off the screen. The tones were vivid and distinctive and appeared terrific. Black levels also seemed deep and tight, while shadow detail was clean and appropriately dense. Overall, the image of Just Married looked absolutely terrific.
Though not quite as strong as the image, the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio seemed surprisingly positive for this sort of movie. The soundfield appeared nicely broad and involving much of the time. The mix always portrayed a good sense of atmosphere, as it created a fine feeling of environment that placed elements appropriately and accurately. The track displayed a general focus on the forward channels, but it spread well across all five speakers, especially during more active sequences. For example, one thunderstorm scene brought the mix to life well. Nothing about the soundfield stood out as spectacular, but it seemed more vivid than I anticipated.
Audio quality was solid. Speech appeared natural and distinct, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate. They presented no signs of distortion and added good bass response when appropriate. Music seemed vibrant and bouncy, as the score and songs were lively and tight. Overall, the soundtrack didnít stun me, but for this kind of flick, it worked very well.
Just Married spreads a mix of extras across its two sides. One of these appears on both sides: an audio commentary with director Shawn Levy and actors Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher. All three sat together for this running, screen-specific piece. On paper, this track didnít seem very good. The trio donít give us much substantial information, and they really poured on the happy talk. The praise flew fast and furious, and it got pretty thick at times. Occasionally we heard some interesting tidbits like Kutcherís attempts to flesh out his characterís backstory, but not much detail emerged.
Surprisingly, however, I genuinely enjoyed this commentary. Despite the fluffy tone and the lack of substance, the group displayed a good chemistry and they kept the track light and fun. It passed by quite quickly and kept me entertained most of the time. It wasnít a great commentary, but Iíve heard many worse ones.
Side One includes only one exclusive feature, a program called Comedy Centralís Reel Comedy: Just Married. Hosted by Mario Cantone, the 20-minute and 56-second show puts him in a New York honeymoon suite with actors Kutcher and Murphy. They chat about the movie and play a lame relationship quiz game as well. We see lots of movie clips and hear many crummy jokes from the grating Cantone; he thinks his Cartman impression is the pinnacle of hilarity, but it ainít. ďReelĒ tells us virtually nothing about the movie beyond basic story points and gags, and the attempts at humor seem annoying and unfunny. These ďReel ComedyĒ specials try too hard to be wacky and irreverent, but they only succeed in making movies look worse than they are.
When we go to Side Two, we open with a collection of four deleted scenes. These last between 77 seconds and two minutes, 19 seconds, for a total of seven minutes, 40 seconds worth of footage. The first two extend existing sequences, while the others add new footage. Three of the four provide additional sentimental cheese; since the movieís already rife with that element, they definitely needed to be cut. The last one depicts a conversation between Tom and a priest affiliated with Sarahís parents, as the father attempts to dissuade Tom from his course of action. Given its vaguely homosexual overtones and the current controversies in the Catholic church, Iím not surprised it fell on the cutting room floor.
The scenes can be view with or without commentary from director Levy. He relates some information about the segments and lets us know why he cut them from the film. His remarks seem useful and enlightening.
After this we find a quick three-minute and 40-second Making Of Featurette. Essentially an extended trailer, we get a couple of quick shots from the set plus a few remarks about the story from director Levy and actors Kutcher, Murphy, and Christian Kane, but the vast majority of the piece consists of movie clips. The program offers literally no information about the filmís creation. Itís a total waste of time.
After this virtual trailer, we find a few real ones. We get theatrical trailers for Just Married, Le Divorce, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
A poor mťlange of broad humor and cheap sentiment, Just Married works on neither account. It feels like a messy and uninvolving piece of fluff that never threatens to entertain or amuse. The DVD offers excellent picture plus very good audio and a few insubstantial but occasionally interesting extras. Fans of Just Married should enjoy this solid presentation of the film, but I canít recommend this dud to anyone who doesnít already like the flick.