Blu-ray Review: IT’S COMPLICATED

John Mulhern

by: John Mulhern
April 27th, 2010

Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5

This review will only cover the Blu-ray and it's features, not the actual film itself. If you want to check out our review of the film, you can read Ronnie's HERE.

This past Christmas was a very odd time for movies. Around that time this little independent movie called AVATAR took the world by storm, you may have heard of it. Despite the fact that AVATAR reigned supreme, many of the other films released still did extremely well. This was certainly the case for IT'S COMPLICATED, which competed against AVATAR starting on Christmas Day. Despite opening at #4, the film went on to be a major financial success, and earned over $200 million theatrically. A large part of its success may be because it is the more sensible choice for a date, which also rings true for the Blu-ray.

I say this because there isn't much in the way of special features, but it is the perfect Blu to pop in with your significant other. Most likely, you wouldn't watch the features in that sort of situation, but if you guys did want a deeper look into the making of the film, there is a Making Of feature and a commentary. Sadly, that's all you'll find under the extras tab.

The feature The Making Of: It's Complicated, is an in-depth look at all the work that was put into the film. The feature has the cast and crew discussing what it was like working on the film, and most importantly with each other. They put a lot of focus on the chemistry that everyone has with one another, possibly because that is such a big theme in Nancy Meyers' work. Additionally, there is an entire section discussing Nancy Meyers and what it was like working with her. It's really cool to hear the cast talk about why they wanted to work with her, and why they feel her films are important. With it's runtime clocking in at twenty minutes, it is a damn fine feature for the disc. Also, one of the best parts about this feature is that it takes advantage of being on a Blu-ray and is in HD. More often than not, special features on Blu-rays aren't presented in HD, and although it may not be a end-all be-all aspect of the disc, it is greatly appreciated.

There also is a commentary on the disc starring writer/director Nancy Meyers, executive producer Suzanne Farwell, director of photography John Toll, and editor Joe Hutshing. It is a pretty decent commentary, where you are given a lot of insight into they way the film was made. But one of the big problems with this commentary  is that there are so many people featured in it and but  is predominately only Meyers talking. The others might chime in here and there, but they were so incredibly passive that it made me wonder why they were even in the feature.

Although, there aren't many features on the disc, any big fans of the film will probably really love this set because it is the film they know and love looking absolutely gorgeous in high-definition. There is also great value if you are looking for a movie to cuddle up to with someone special, but hardcore fans of features will want to look elsewhere.

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