Title: Date Night (2010)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Two Disc Set
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 88 minutes
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region A Only
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46″ 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu
Steve Carell as Phil Foster
Tina Fey as Claire Foster
Mark Wahlberg as Grant Holbrooke
Taraji P. Henson as Detective Arroyo
Jimmi Simpson as Armstrong
Common as Collins
William Fichtner as DA Frank Crenshaw
Leighton Meester as Katy
Kristen Wiig as Haley Sullivan
Mark Ruffalo as Brad Sullivan
James Franco as Taste
Mila Kunis as Whippit
Directed by Shawn Levy
My take: (the breakdown)
I personally did not become a Steve Carrell fan until I saw a couple episodes of The Office a few years ago and since then I have tried to see most of his work. Date Night is his latest release to hit Blu-ray and sadly I was slightly disappointed by the film, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Phil and Claire Foster have been married for nearly 20 years and have two small children and they seem to lead a rather boring life. The only time the two have time for each other is a evening they set aside each week that is referred to as Date Night. When Phil wants to take Claire to a new seafood restaurant in New York called ‘Claw’ she figures that it will be an adventure. Well, the adventure they get and it becomes a lot more troublesome than they were expecting. After they take another couple’s reservation the two get caught up in a blackmailing scheme that have to do with some risque pictures of a certain New York public official. Will the two be able to solve the mess they have gotten themselves into? I was expecting so much more from this film in terms of comedic value. There are just a few hysterical moments and most of the film is actually rather dull. Combine that with lackluster video and audio and I am certainly relieved that this was only a rental. Due to profanity and some crude humor this one is not for younger children.
Date Night is a 2010 release so I was expecting a top notch Blu-ray transfer, but sadly this one has got some problems. Colors are well saturated as far as I could tell as there was no wavering or bleeding. Flesh tones are mostly accurate, if not a little on the red side. Grain is present, but it is far from consistent. Bright scenes have almost no grain at all while darker scenes carry so much grain that there is a fair amount of noise involved. Fine detail is probably the biggest problem with this transfer. There are a few scenes that show off some great detail, but most of the film looks as if someone shot everything with a foggy lens. Most of the film has problems with soft edges as well as poor foreground and background detail. On top of these issues I noticed some DNR in a few of the closeups since the actors tended to get a little waxy at times. To me this was just not acceptable for a new release on Blu-ray, but I am sure it still blows the DVD away in terms of color saturation and overall clarity.
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Date Night comes equipped with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, but don’t let that fool you. What have been stuck with is the usual comedy mix, which is typically entirely front based. Dialogue is clear and prioritized in the center channel without any noticeable problems. Surround usage is pretty much nonexistent with the exception of a car chase scene. Even the film’s musical score sounds rather weak in the surrounds. The LFE doesn’t have much opportunity to get used, but when it does it sounds fine. Granted, your sub is not going to be rattling your picture frames, but it still gets the job done. This is not a bad mix by any means, but it’s certainly far from impressive or memorable.
The provided supplemental package for the Blu-ray of Date Night is decent, but there’s actually not anything that is a must-see in my opinion. The main feature is an audio commentary with Levy who is a lot more energetic than one would expect. The rest of the extra features are relatively short and most are worth skipping. If I had to pick one I’d go with the Gag Reel, but for some head-scratching reason all of these features are presented in 480p:
Deleted Scenes (5:47)
ALT City (1:48)
Extended Scenes (10:25)
Directing 301 (21:48)
Disaster Dates (4:43)
Directing Off Camera (3:46)
Steve and Tina Camera Tests (3:10)
Gag Reel (5:49)
Public Service Announcements from Fey and Carrell (2:02)
The film’s theatrical trailer is included in 1080p as well. Finally, there is a Digital Copy of the film on a second disc.
Final Word: Worth A Rental
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