Save the Date appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. This was a more than adequate SD-DVD presentation.
For the most part, sharpness looked nice. At times, wider shots tended to be a little soft, but those examples werenít terribly intrusive. Much of the film appeared pretty accurate and concise. No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, Date opted for a subdued palette. Hues took on a semi-brownish tone, though a few more dynamic hues emerged. The tones didnít dazzle, but they worked for the story. Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a reasonably pleasing presentation.
I thought that the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Date seemed fine but it didnít 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, like those on the streets or in bars. However, 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 ďB-ď but didnít particularly impress.
In the discís extras, we get an audio commentary from writer/director Michael Mohan. He offers a running, screen-specific look at the projectís origins and development, story/character subjects, editing and cinematography, cast and performances, music, the title and opening credits, sets and locations, and a few other areas.
Mohan offers a likable and unassuming chat that covers the film well. He gives us a frank discussion that touches on the necessary areas in a positive manner. Heck, he even gets into a defense of his alleged foot fetish! This is a nice commentary that makes me wish I actually liked the film itself.
Three Deleted Scenes run a total of three minutes, 32 seconds. The first shows growing pains during Sarah and Kevinís attempt to live together, while the other two give us more of Bethís bridal shower. Those last two donít add anything useful, while the Sarah/Kevin one makes the lead character seem even less likable Ė if thatís possible.
We can watch the deleted scenes with or without commentary from Mohan. He tells us a little about the scenes and lets us know why they didnít make the final cut. Mohanís notes offer some useful material.
Under Outtakes, we find a one-minute, 56-second reel. It displays a short batch of mistakes and levity. Donít expect anything interesting.
Next comes a music video for ďAccidentsĒ by the One AM Radio. Itís a low-budget mix of movie clips and recording footage that doesnít do much to entertain.
An unusual stillframe collection arrives via a Making of Mini-Comic. Created by artist/co-writer Jeffrey Brown, this tells us his perspective on the filmís creation via a series of cartoon panels. Itís an unusual behind the scenes piece Ė and kind of fun.
The disc opens with ads for Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Price Check, Liberal Arts and On the Road. We also get a teaser and a trailer for Date.
Tedious and self-involved, Save the Date becomes a chore to watch. It focuses on a group of characters so unlikable that it becomes difficult to invest in their stories. The DVD delivers generally good picture and audio along with a small but interesting set of bonus materials. Maybe others will get something from this effort, but it leaves me cold.