License to Wed appears in both an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a watchable but dated presentation.
One mild concern stemmed from sharpness. Much of the movie came across as reasonably distinct and accurate, but softness impacted wider shots and some interiors. These weren’t a big distraction, but the image could feel more tentative than I’d expect.
No problems related to jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, but I noticed mild indications of edge enhancement. Source flaws remained absent, though artifacts gave the image a murky look at times.
Colors went with a fairly natural palette, but the disc made them a bit overbearing. The hues tended to feel heavier than they should, though they usually offered decent clarity.
Blacks came across as a little too dense, and shadows could seem somewhat dark. This wasn’t a bad presentation, but it seemed mediocre at best.
The PCM 5.1 soundtrack of Wed lacked sonic ambition. I don’t expect this sort of romantic comedy to give me something to show off my system, though, and this track lived up – or down – to expectations.
Music showed nice stereo imaging, but there wasn’t much to the rest of the mix. Various effects added a bit of breadth to the settings, and some decent environmental material developed.
That was about it, though, as the mix failed to open things up to a significant degree. The surrounds remained quite passive through the film.
Although the scope of the track appeared bland, the quality of the audio was fine. Speech came across as concise and well defined. I discerned no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility.
Music showed good range and dynamics, as the score was bright and distinct throughout the movie. Despite their small role in the presentation, effects also seemed clean and accurate.
The mix featured acceptable bass response and clarity overall. It simply failed to ever present an engaging soundfield, so it earned only a lackluster “B-“.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio showed the same limited soundfield as the DVD’s track, but quality seemed a little stronger.
As for visuals, the Blu-ray felt better defined and more vivid. Though the BD seemed bland, it still topped the DVD.
The BD repeats the DVD’s extras, and we get a collection of five Additional Scenes. This set runs a total of 12 minutes, 15 seconds.
These include a genuinely terrible alternate opening - complete with Terry Gilliam-style animation – plus a game of one-on-one between Frank and Ben that acts as an alternate for the “catch” scene. We also see how much Carlisle outranks Ben, Ben’s bachelor party and Sadie’s shindig, and a finale with Frank and the Choir Boy.
These are just as bad as the clips in the final cut – maybe even worse. They’re completely terrible.
We can view these scenes with or without commentary from director Ken Kwapis. He gives us notes about the sequences and usually lets us know why he cut them, though a couple of clips don’t include that explanation. Kwapis proves pretty informative, though, enough so to make me think a full commentary for the film would’ve been interesting.
Ask Choir Boy allows you to “choose which relationship/marital questions he answers”. This lets us view 12 different video clips in which “Choir Boy” replies to phone calls on an advice radio show. It’s just as lame as the “comedy” in the movie itself.
Since I went into License to Wed with rock-bottom expectations, the possibility existed I might not loathe it so much. Nope - Wed does many, many things wrong and almost nothing right. The Blu-ray offers mediocre picture and audio along with a minor set of extras. Avoid this atrocious film.
To rate this film, visit the DVD review of LICENSE TO WED