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Stella Meghie
Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise
Writing Credits:
Stella Meghie

A comedian goes away for the weekend with an ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 86 min.
Price: $21.99
Release Date: 11/12/2019

• Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Stella Meghie and Actors Sasheer Zamata and DeWanda Wise
• Trailer & Previews


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The Weekend [Blu-Ray] (2019)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (November 12, 2019)

On the back cover of 2019’s The Weekend, we see the claim that it offers a "laugh-out-loud romantic comedy”. Challenge accepted!

Struggling stand-up comedian Zadie (Sasheer Zamata) used to date Bradford (Tone Bell). Though they split three years earlier, she remains single and unhappy with that situation.

Even so, Zadie and Bradford stay friends, and it seems clear that she hopes they’ll reunite. To celebrate his birthday, Zadie takes him to a B&B run by her mom Karen (Kym Whitley).

A substantial obstacle arises when Bradford invites his new girlfriend Margo (DeWanda Wise) on the trip. This seems like a disaster for Zadie, but matters change when she meets handsome Aubrey (Y'lan Noel), another guest at the inn.

If you watch the trailer for Weekend, you’ll see it gives off the vibe of a Woody Allen movies from a black female point of view. Does the promo lie?

Not really. While I wouldn’t call Weekend an Allen clone or rip-off, it definitely comes cut from the same cloth.

This doesn’t automatically seem like a bad thing, and despite the obvious similarities with Allen’s flicks, Weekend manages its own identity. Zadie comes with some Allen-esque neuroses, but she exhibits an abrasive attitude that gives her an edge his roles tend to lack.

Earlier I noted the disc package’s promotion of Weekend as “laugh-out-loud funny”, and that promises guffaws the movie doesn’t bring. While amusing, it tends to be more “light chuckle funny”, so don’t anticipate knee-slappers.

Still, given how often comedies fail to muster any amusement at all, I’ll take it. While low-key, Weekend does manage funny moments, and it progresses at a breezy pace.

Not exactly a plot-heavy affair, Weekend focuses almost entirely on its characters, and as expected, Zadie becomes the heavy focal point. This leaves the others ill-defined, but in Zamata’s hands, we feel happy to stick with the lead.

Best-known for a three-year stint on Saturday Night Live, Zamata brings comedic spark to Zadie without an apparent need to be liked. That’s a rare quality, as most actors would attempt to endear herself to the audience.

As rom-coms go, The Weekend manages to float above the pack. It comes with enough wit and spark to make it an enjoyable 86 minutes.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B-/ Bonus C+

The Weekend appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a pleasant presentation.

Sharpness was almost always positive. A minor amount of softness crept into a couple of long shots, but otherwise the image remained tight and well-defined at all times.

I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.

Weekend went with an amber and teal influenced palette typical of the romantic comedy genre. Within the movie’s color design, the tones seemed solid.

Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently satisfying image.

As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix of Weekend, it showed scope typical of the rom-com soundfield. This meant a limited soundscape without much to make it stand out from the crowd.

A few exteriors added modest involvement, but those instances remained fairly infrequent. Most of the flick came with a lot of ambience and not much else.

Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.

Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Again, nothing about the mix impressed, but it suited the story.

In terms of extras, we find an audio commentary from writer/director Stella Meghie and actors Sasheer Zamata and DeWanda Wise. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, themes, cast and performances, music, locations and sets, and related domains.

At best, this becomes a decent look at some filmmaking topics, but the track sputters more often than I’d like. We get a fair amount of dead air, and we also find plenty of praise. We find enough content to keep us with the discussion, but just barely.

The disc opens with ads for Little Italy, Time Freak and The Con Is On. We also get a trailer for Weekend.

A modern-day riff on Woody Allen’s style, The Weekend never dazzles but it consistently entertains. A strong lead turn by Sasheer Zamata helps elevate the material. The Blu-ray comes with very good picture, restrained audio and a mediocre commentary. This becomes an engaging rom-com.

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