27 Dresses

Featured In Issue 132, June 2008

WSR Score3
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Poor Jane (Heigl), always the bridesmaid, never the bride... and she has 27 Dresses of the hideous bridesmaid variety to prove it. Always the selfless, overly helpful maid-of-honor for all her friend's weddings, Jane fears she will never have her big day. Jane has in mind the man to fill the matrimonial shoes, her boss George (Burns), but when he falls for her little sister, Tess (Akerman), Jane may have to look for a replacement groom. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include the following featurettes: The Wedding Party (15 minutes), You'll Never Wear That Again (seven minutes), Jane's World (five minutes), and The Running Of The Brides (five minutes); three deleted scenes; trailers; and up-front previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD shows solid black levels, but resolution isn't perfect, with an image that looks somewhat smeared. Shadow delineation is nicely rendered. Contrast is fairly well balanced, but the image looks somewhat dull with dim whites. Still, whites bloom. Colors look naturally saturated at times, but outdoors they are somewhat muted. Pixelation is not overly obtrusive, and edge enhancement is very minor. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc features a good sense of dimensionality, with solid black levels and very nice resolution. Fleshtones have a pinkish hue, though. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is typical of this genre, relying heavily on the center channel and basic surround envelopment. The front stage is not extremely broad, but there are nicely mixed effects across the stage. When the surround channels are used, they create a nicely engaging effect, but they aren't used often. Dialogue often sounds natural, but when a looping stage is used it is often quite obvious. Dynamic range is limited and the entire soundtrack is lacking in overall punch and presence. The Blu-ray Disc's DTS-HD Master Audio™ encoding features improved dynamic range over the DVD's lossy encoding. Dialogue intelligibility is nicely balanced and never gets lost in the din. (Danny Richelieu)