Catch And Release

Featured In Issue 121, June 2007

WSR Score3
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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For sexual content, language, and some drug use
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Susannah Grant
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In Catch And Release, Gray (Garner) should have been marrying the man of her dreams but instead finds herself burying him. Alone and needing a place to live, she moves in with her former fiancé's best friends. And what she discovers is that she really didn't know the man she loved so much, nor his friend Fritz (Olyphant), the one she really didn't know at all. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include two commentary tracks: one with Director Susannah Grant and Kevin Smith and the other with Grant and Cinematographer John Lindley, previews, and up-front ads. In addition, the Blu-ray Disc version includes a 20-minute high-definition featurette From Concept To Completion, a deleted scene, and an audition.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD generally looks soft and relatively poorly defined. Colors often bleed, giving off a halo-like effect that can be a distraction. The color scheme is uncharacteristically limited for a film of this genre. Black levels are deep, but shadow delineation is lacking. The picture can occasionally have a digital, hard look, and edge enhancement is noticeable throughout. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc looks much better, with better resolution—although not superb—and more accurate color fidelity. Black levels are still good, and shadow delineation is improved slightly. Fleshtones generally look good, but can occasionally look slightly too pink. Contrast is improved in this release as well. While this is not a reference image by any means, it is a marked improvement over the DVD. (Danny Richelieu)

The DVD's Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack rarely deviates from the front three screen channels, and a high-pitched ringing can often be heard over the dialogue, which can become distracting. Music is delivered across the front stage, but imaging of individual instruments can be limited. The surround channels can be used well for atmospheric effects, with good imaging across the back stage. Unfortunately, because the effects are at such low levels relative to the dialogue, it can be difficult to hear them at times. The Blu-ray Disc's uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel encoding still has the same problems as the DVD, but dialogue intelligibility is improved, as is fidelity across the board. Dynamic range is also improved, especially noticeable in the feathery wisps across guitar strings in the music.(Danny Richelieu)