XenForo Template Wedding Crashers Release Date: December 30, 2008 Studio: New Line Cinema Packaging/Materials: Single-disc Blu-Ray case Year: 2005 Rating: R (theatrical version) / NR ("uncorked" version) Running Time: 1h59m (theatrical version) / 2h07m ("uncorked" version) MSRP: $28.99 MAIN FEATURESPECIAL FEATURESVideo1080p high definition 16x9 2.40:1May be in standard definitionAudioDolby TrueHD: English 5.1; Dolby Digital: English 5.1Audio standards my varySubtitlesEnglish and SpanishNone The Feature: 4/5 There's no way to sugarcoat it. John and Jeremy (Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn) crash weddings to sleep with women. And they're really good at it - the wedding crashing, that is (the sleeping with women we can only assume). On the last big stop of the season, John meets the bride's sister Claire (Rachel McAdams) and begins to fall in love while Jeremy meets the other sister Gloria (Isla Fisher) and is scared as hell. But Jeremy is willing to do about anything for his best friend, including putting up with a sex-crazed firecracker for a weekend. Of course the whole family will find out about the wedding crashing eventually; John just needs Claire to hear it from him first. But since Zack (Bradley Cooper), her ultra-competitive, blowhard of a boyfriend, is always around, that's not going to be easy. Though wedding crashing is perhaps more lame than reprehensible, being a mooch and a player aren't exactly endearing qualities. Fortunately the creators of "Wedding Crashers" made John and Jeremy the coolest uninvited guests ever (so cool they could probably sell their services to make weddings more fun than they sometimes are). Not to mention the two are shown the error of their ways by finding true love in the midst of their matrimonial cynicism. Along with an all around stellar cast and some truly hiliarious one and (in the case of Vaughn) multi-liners, "Wedding Crashers" strikes a nice balance between poking fun at weddings and celebrating their foundational element. "Wedding Crashers" on Blu-Ray includes an unrated cut of the film that has eight minutes of material not shown in theaters. Much of the added material is superfluous, as evidenced in the commentary track by Wilson and Vaughn, who have a less than enthusiastic response to the first of the scenes. Video Quality: 3.5/5 Accurately framed at 2.40:1, the video is encoded in VC-1 and generally free of blemishes. Grain appears reduced, evidenced by the sometimes abnormally smooth skin surfaces and overall grain-free image. Wide shots also show a noticeable drop in detail - most visible with crowd shots, of which there are several given the number of weddings the main characters attend. Contrast is also a bit variable, sometimes exhibiting mild black crush and at other times looking too hot or washed out. Flesh tones can also vary, though colors in general have decent depth and pop. Audio Quality: 3/5 The Dolby TrueHD audio track is primarily front-focused with nominal activity in the surrounds for some atmospheric effects and light music cues. LFE is practically non-existent except for a few choice body blows during the touch football game. Dialogue is consistentely clear and intelligible. The 640 kbps 5.1 Dolby Digital track sounds less expansive in comparison, but I expect most would only tell with aggressive A-B switching. Special Features: 3/5 The Blu-Ray release includes the majority of extras from the 2006 DVD edition, with the exception of the DVD-ROM items. Commentary by Director David Dobkin: Dobkin provides an informative track covering the bases of film development and production along with some personal thoughts and analysis. Commentary by Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn: Wilson and Vaughn aren't particularly focused and tend to state the obvious, but peppered here and there are some amusing stories. "Event Planning" (11m35s): A glimpse behind the scenes of production, focusing on the five different weddings in the film. "The Rules of Wedding Crashing" (7m27s): Film clips edited with interviews of Vaughn and Wilson present the various rules. Deleted Scenes (7m49s): Four scenes with optional commentary by Dobkin. Teaser Trailer (1m26s): Theatrical Trailer (2m32s) The Sights "Circus" Music Video (3m07s) Recap The Feature: 4/5 Video Quality: 3.5/5 Audio Quality: 3/5 Special Features: 3/5 Overall Score (not an average): 3.5/5 An entertaining and endearing comedy gets average treatment across the board.