A Few Words About A few words about...™ Date Night -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 1999
    Messages:
    9,257
    Likes Received:
    5,132
    Real Name:
    Robert Harris
    "To the right, always to the right. Never to the left. Forever to the right." - 1776

     

    While Date Night is a beautiful Blu-ray, I was obviously expecting more of it as a film. As it stands, in its extended version, Date Night is a decent comedy, with as its centerpiece two of the more highly rated comedic actors trying their best to be funny.

     

    My take is that it just didn't work.

     

    That aside, the DI used to create this Blu-ray has a most interesting look, with mid-tones seemingly held down to give it a most unique look. That I liked.

     

    Something that kept popping into my mind as I was viewing is that every shot of Tiny Fey was taken from her better side, from the right, and it eventually became rote.

     

    A very nice looking Blu-ray which I'm certain will be a treat for fans of Mr. Carell and Ms. Fey.

     

    RAH
     
  2. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2001
    Messages:
    16,961
    Likes Received:
    1,721
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    If ever there was a movie that didn't need an extended cut, it was this one. The theatrical cut was just right, and pacing is essential to a comedy. For all of that, I enjoyed it very much in theaters but have no real desire to go out and add it to my collection.
     
  3. ManW_TheUncool

    ManW_TheUncool Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2001
    Messages:
    5,961
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    The BK
    Real Name:
    ManW
    Adam,

     

    If I understand correctly, the retail BD comes w/ both versions, so no need to avoid it, if you liked the theatrical cut.

     

    FWIW, the rental (exclusive?) version I got from Blockbuster Online *only* had the theatrical cut (or so I assume since I didn't doublecheck to make sure).

     

    I thought the movie was alright and fun enough to watch w/ the wife, but nothing special.

     

    RE: the look of the "film", MattH mentioned that this was actually shot on HD video, and I did notice that it had a video look to it, especially in some of the faster moving/cutting sequences besides the seemingly un-film-like image tonality (that RAH mentioned).

     

    _Man_
     
  4. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2001
    Messages:
    16,961
    Likes Received:
    1,721
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    I had no intentions of buying it either way, as fond as I was of it, but that's good to know, Man. Any time there's an extended cut, they should throw the theatrical cut in for good measure.
     
  5. Matt Hough

    Matt Hough Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2006
    Messages:
    14,540
    Likes Received:
    2,940
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    Real Name:
    Matt Hough

    And as I also mentioned in my review (can be accessed using the "Related Forum Threads" link at the right), the theatrical version is the only version that offers the disc's audio commentary or BD-Live "Look It Up" feature.
     
     
  6. TonyD

    TonyD Who do we think I am?
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 1999
    Messages:
    17,061
    Likes Received:
    366
    Location:
    Disney World and Universal Florida
    Real Name:
    Tony D.
    the rental version on blu is only the theatrical, and is one of those exclusives that has no extras at all.I

     

    thought something looked unusual about the film when I watched it with my wife the other day. I thought it was just a bad transfer.
     
  7. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2001
    Messages:
    6,171
    Likes Received:
    66
    Location:
    Livonia, MI USA
    Real Name:
    Kenneth McAlinden
    The same could be said for Barbra Streisand in "What's, Up Doc?" (except I think it was her left), but I only noticed it while watching it with the director's commentary after Bogdonavich mentiond that she favored that profile. If you are being entertained by the movie, you do not notice things like that. If you are bored, on the other hand...
     

     
  8. Yumbo

    Yumbo Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 1999
    Messages:
    2,243
    Likes Received:
    0
    My copy ended up being a Combo!
     
  9. Mike Frezon

    Mike Frezon Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2001
    Messages:
    38,077
    Likes Received:
    5,537
    Location:
    Rensselaer, NY
    I wanted this film to be a whole lot better. I thought the premise was great...but the execution (of script) was poor.

     

    The best part, I thought, was the outtakes tucked into the closing credits at the very end. Since they don't appear onscreen immediately, the rest of the audience had already filed out at the showing my wife and I attended (our own date night--which, unfortunately, was not nearly as exciting as Carrell & Fey's characters). The multiple takes of them trying to gain entrance to the exclusive restaurant as fashionable Europeans were hysterical.
     

    Not sure that I'll be bothering to add this to the collection. I still want to like it but I doubt "extending" it is going to help.
     
  10. Yumbo

    Yumbo Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 1999
    Messages:
    2,243
    Likes Received:
    0
    The taxi ride made the movie!

    Hilarious.
     

Share This Page