Widescreen Review Webzine | Blu-ray Review | Big Wedding, The


Big Wedding, The

Featured In Issue 180, October 2013

WSR Score2.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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In The Big Wedding, long divorced Don (De Niro) and Ellie (Keaton) are forced to reunite to play the happy couple for their adopted son's wedding weekend. But anything can happen. After learning his biological mother is unexpectedly flying halfway across the world for the event, the duo must work together to convince her they are still happily married, much to the amusement of their adult children and friends. Based on the motion picture Mon Frere Se Marie. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette Coordinating The Big Wedding (HD 16:02), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is inconsistent but overall overly lit with excessive, unnatural brightness. The colors fail to pop and generally appear under-saturated, except for one or two outdoor sequences. Sharpness is decent, but resolution is restrained with undistinguished detail in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Black levels are bland and shadow delineation is generally poor. The imagery, however, is pristine throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused but wanting for spatial integration. Dialogue simply sounds far forward. The music score is subdued, with subtle surround. Occasionally, the surround channels are engaged. A highlight is Michael Bublé singing "Save The Last Dance For Me" and Christine Ebersole singing "Gently Down The Stream" over the end credits. Still, this is a generally uneventful soundtrack. (Gary Reber)