My Best Friend’s Wedding: Special Edition

January 28, 2012 8 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Jules (Julia Roberts) has just learned that her best friend Mike (Dermot Mulroney) has important news for her, which she thinks is connected to an old pact the two made, which stated if they weren’t married by a certain age, then they would marry each other. But that is not the case, as instead, Mike informs her that he has met someone and plans to be wed, very soon in fact and he wants Jules to attend, of course. With just four days until the event, Jules heads to Chicago and is somewhat relieved she was wrong in her assumption, but she soon realizes she is in love with Mike, which means real problems could surface. Now Jules is determined to throw the marriage off the track, but Mike’s fiancee Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) is simply too good to be true. She accepts all of Mike’s bad traits, seems to get over anything bad that happens, and worst of all, she wants to be best friends with Jules, as well as make her the Maid of Honor. As time passes and the wedding approaches, what will become of Jules’ love for Mike and this wedding, which she has worked so hard to break up?

The box office smash that made every girl want a gay friend, My Best Friend’s Wedding is a by the numbers romantic comedy, without a doubt. But then again, most of them are and their success depends on one issue, star power. This movie has star power in spades, with Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, and Dermot Mulroney all on deck, as well as some decent supporting performers to round it out. I was never too impressed by this movie, but it struck a real chord with audiences, picking up some serious coin in the process. My Best Friend’s Wedding has a weak premise, but it has some humorous moments and of course, Julia in her underwear, which is always welcome, if you ask me. I think Everett saves the picture at times, as his presence often keeps things humorous and alive, to be sure. So while I am not a fan of this movie, I realize many of you are and while Columbia hasn’t done too much extra here, I am sure fans will want those new supplements.

She has now won an Oscar to go with her various hit films, so perhaps now Julia Roberts can return to the genre that made her, the romantic comedy. She has starred in mostly dramas of late, but Roberts is still the Queen of this genre, without a doubt. As evidenced with this film, where she has rather bland material to work with, but creates a likable, attractive character. In addition, the film raked in well over one-hundred million dollars, so audiences must have loved her here, as she certainly was the bright point, save a few select scenes. So maybe we’ll see her back in the genre soon, as she is solid gold when she is, without a doubt. You can also see Roberts in such films as Runaway Bride, Mystic Pizza, Notting Hill, Conspiracy Theory, and Pretty Woman. The cast also includes Rupert Everett (Dellmorte Dellamore, An Ideal Husband), Dermot Mulroney (Copycat, The Trigger Effect), and Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels, The Mask).

Video: How does it look?

My Best Friend’s Wedding is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. I never saw the original release, but I assume this is the same treatment, as Columbia often reuses the visual transfers on these revisited titles. That is by no means a bad decision either, as in this case, the transfer looks superb and is very well crafted. I know Columbia has been putting out top notch efforts since the start, so it makes sense to reuse the transfers, as they still look terrific. The print used shows some small defects, but nothing serious at all, which means there is no grain and the rest of the image is never hampered. I found colors to be natural in scope, but still very bright when needed, while contrast is well balanced and never falters. Simply put, this is a fine visual effort and fans should be pleased, without a doubt.

Audio: How does it sound?

As far as romantic comedy soundtracks go, this one isn’t too bad, but it still lacks the depth and immersive traits we often expect, to be sure. But this is the nature of the movie and as such, we can’t really complain much, so long as the material is well presented. And that is the case here, as the elements come across very well and seem natural at all times, which is good news. The music sometimes sparks the surrounds, as well as some random subtle presence, but this one is based in the front, at least most of the time. It all sounds good though and since dialogue is clean & crisp throughout, I doubt anyone will be let down in the least. This disc also includes 2.0 surround options in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, as well as subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc carries the special edition banner, but I have to admit, I was rather disappointed with the included supplements. But while this doesn’t measure up to most of Columbia’s special editions, fans should be pleased by the additional bonus materials. You can find out some Wedding Do’s & Don’ts here, which consists of some audio helpful hints, played over vintage clips from marriage related films. You can also view two behind the scenes featurettes here, On the Set from HBO and Unveiled: The Making of My Best Friend’s Wedding. Both run under twenty minutes and are promotional in nature, but some cool interviews are to be found, so some information can be gleaned here, I think. This disc also includes some talent files, DVD ROM content, Say a Little Prayer sing-along, seven minutes of behind the scenes footage (My Best Friend’s Wedding Album), and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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