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HTF REVIEW: COUPLES RETREAT



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#1 of 1 Timothy E

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Posted February 08 2010 - 12:40 PM

http://images.dvdemp...s/1513247.jpg"> COUPLES RETREAT DVD


Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Year: 2009

Rated: PG-13

Film Length: 1 hour, 54 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English DVS 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Release Date: February 9, 2010

The Movie


Couples Retreat is the story of 4 married couples who take a trip to a tropical retreat to work on their relationship issues. Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) find themselves at a crossroads in their relationship after they realize they may never conceive children. If they attend the retreat with 3 other couples, the financial expense will be much less than if they attend alone. Jason and Cynthia talk their married (and unmarried friends) into traveling with them. Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (Malin Akerman) are happily married but realize their relationship is not perfect. Joey (Jon Favreau) and Cynthia (Kristin Davis) are not so happily married as their friends Dave and Ronnie. Shane (Faizon Love) and Trudy (Kali Hawk) are not even married; Shane has recently separated from his wife and Trudy is his much younger girlfriend.

Director Peter Billingsley makes the most of the scenery on Bora Bora which contrasts markedly with the Chicago winter that opens the film. Stars Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn collaborated on the screenplay with Dana Fox, and Vaughn is also a producer of this film.

Since this is a romantic comedy, the audience is rarely left in doubt that things will work out for most, if not all, of these couples as they suffer through their misadventures in paradise. Jean Reno (The Professional) and Carlos Ponce (Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo) provide some laughs as the guides for the couples on the island. This film has some good moments even though it does not reinvent or push the limits of this genre.

Video

The film appears in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Compression artifacts are minimal to non-existent. Colors and skin tones are deliberately muted as an artistic decision in the first portion of the film to contrast with the vibrant colors of the tropics for the remainder of the film. This is a solid standard definition transfer, which leaves me curious how good this film must look in high definition.

Audio


The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track does good service to this film. Music and ambient sounds are well presented in the rear channels with dialogue always audible from the front. This film has more than the average number of songs in the soundtrack and the Dolby Digital 5.1 does not suffer from any perceptible defects.

Special Features

A wealth of special features are present on this disc and include all of the following:

Commentary: Feature length commentary provided by actor/writer/producer Vince Vaughn and director Peter Billingsley.

Alternate Ending: Back In Chicago(2:58): This short postscript to the film was omitted from the theatrical cut. This ending includes optional commentary by actor/writer/producer Vince Vaughn and director Peter Billingsley.

Gag Reel (3:23): Line flubs and cursing from the actors.

Deleted Scenes (7:14): Scenes cut or edited down from the film are shown here with optional commentary by actor/writer/producer Vince Vaughn and director Peter Billingsley.

Extended Scenes (4:24): Longer versions of scenes in the film are included here with optional commentary by actor/writer/producer Vince Vaughn and director Peter Billingsley.

Therapy’s Greatest Hits (5:33): The actors were apparently encouraged to improvise in their couples therapy scenes and some of these amusing bits are included here.

Paradise Found (6:20): This is a short behind the scenes featurette with interviews of cast and crew.

Behind The Yoga (4:28): Short featurette with interviews of cast and crew regarding the research that went into the yoga scenes.

Also included are the following trailers which play by default at the beginning of the disc: Smokin’ Aces 2, Blu-Ray , Greenberg, Despicable Me, Mamma Mia, and Cirque Du Freak: Vampire’s Assistant.

Conclusion

Couples Retreat is an average but entertaining romantic comedy. The wealth of special features deserve honorable mention since they include better than the usual trash that is often included as an afterthought, regardless of quality. The deleted and extended scenes are more entertaining than what you usually see in special features that are not always so special. The fact that optional commentary is included with all of the extended and deleted scenes shows that some effort was put into making the special features interesting and entertaining, and it shows.  It is always nice to see Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau share the screen, and the tropical scenery is spectacular. If you like romantic comedies, then Couples Retreat comes as recommended therapy.
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