Something Borrowed appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. This was a good but not great image.
Sharpness was usually positive, though not in a sparkling way. The movie managed to display pretty solid definition; it just seemed a bit loose at times, especially in interiors, and it failed to display the clarity expected of the better Blu-rays. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. The mild softness made this a “B”.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Borrowed seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that 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 at clubs or on the beach; that sequence boasted lively music. However, most of the movie stayed with the limited imaging expected from a romantic comedy.
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.
A smattering of extras fill out the set. Something… Old? goes for three minutes, 50 seconds and includes comments from producers Molly Mickler Smith. Andrew Kosove, Btoderick Johnson, Aaron Lubin and Hilary Swank, author Emily Giffin, director Luke Greenfield, and actors Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey, and Ashley Williams. All involved reflect on the effects of turning 30. It’s fluffy and without much substance.
Four more featurettes follow. On Location Tours with Emily Giffin lasts four minutes, 51 seconds and follows the author as she takes her fans on a bus tour of spots featured in the film. Or that’s the theory, at least. Instead, “Tours” becomes just acts as a love letter between Giffin and her fans. It’s a total waste of time.
Marcus’ Guide to the Ladies runs six minutes, 41 seconds and features actor Steve Howey in character. He gives us advice on how to bag the babes. It’s vaguely amusing.
Next comes the one-minute, 46-second What Is Something Borrowed? featurette. It gives us remarks from Hudson, Egglesfield, Krasinski, Goodwin, and Swank. The piece gives us a quick recap of the story and characters. Yawn.
Finally, Inside Something Borrowed fills two minutes, 31 seconds with notes from Goodwin, Hudson, Egglesfield, Johnson, Krasinski, Smith, Kosove, Howey and Greenfield. Like “What Is”, this one’s essentially another advertisement – skip it.
After this we get a Gag Reel. In this five-minute, 34-second segment, we mostly get the standard goofs and giggles. We do hear a few alternate lines, though, which makes it a smidgen more interesting.
Under Left off the Guest List, we locate four deleted scenes that go a total of seven minutes, 38 seconds. These include “When Were You Going to Tell Me?” (1:03), “I’m Sorry We Haven’t Had Time to Talk” (3:56), “This Is Already the Best Weekend I’ve Ever Had” (1:11) and “Rachel and Ethan in London” (1:28). The first two provide some minor attempts at comedy, while the last two throw in a dumped subplot that gives us extra info about the Darcy/Rachel/Ethan dynamic. Those are mildly interesting but not really necessary to convey character info.
A few ads open the disc. We get clips for Crazy Stupid Love and Dolphin Tale. No trailer for Borrowed appears.
A second platter provides both a digital copy of Borrowed for use on computers or digital portable gadgets as well as a DVD copy of the film. This delivers a barebones package, so don’t expect any extras.
Does the fact I’m a 44-year-old male make me the wrong person to review a dyed-in-the-wool chick flick like Something Borrowed? Maybe, but I don’t think so. Good movies are good movies regardless of genre/target audience – and bad is bad, which Borrowed proves. Meandering and generally pointless, the film lacks direction, wit, cleverness or anything resembling compelling characters or narrative. The Blu-ray provides reasonably good picture and audio along with some minor supplements. Unless you’re related to someone involved in the film’s creation and feel you owe it to them to watch it, skip this awful excuse for a romantic comedy.