50 First Dates

Featured In Issue 112, September 2006

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Peter Segal
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Dr. Henry Roth (Sandler) is living a dream life in paradise. Afraid of commitment, he lives his life happily enjoying a constant stream of one-night stands with just about any tourist who comes to town. But when he falls for local girl Lucy Whitmore (Barrymore), he learns that Lucy has short-term memory loss and doesn't remember him each time they meet, and he has to come up with new ways to woo her as he takes her on 50 First Dates. (Tricia Littrell)

Special features include commentary with Drew Barrymore and Director Peter Segal, a five-minute Talkin' Pidgin featurette, a seven-minute gag reel, and high-definition previews.

The 2.40:1 Blu-ray Disc picture exhibits bright, well-rendered colors, deep blacks, and accurate skintones. Some outdoor night shots look very good, with great detail in the blacks to help give the picture a three-dimensional feel. Some scenes, however, look washed out with blacks that are more a charcoal gray. Close-ups can be detailed, although the detail isn't as sharp as some of the best high-definition presentations. Source element artifacts show up from time to time, and the images can be very noisy with heavy film grain as well. The picture quality is very hit-or-miss. (Danny Richelieu)

The improved fidelity provided by the uncompressed PCM 5.1-channel encoded soundtrack is welcome, but the uneventful mix leaves much to be desired. Surround envelopment is limited and the front stage imaging is not very wide or deep. (Danny Richelieu)