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(Uncorked Edition)

A tad raunchy, often hilarious and always a great deal of fun, WEDDING CRASHERS ($29) is one of the true comedic highlights of 2005. New Line’s Uncorked Edition DVD adds some more naughty footage to the proceedings, although it never becomes particularly offensive. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star in WEDDING CRASHERS as Jeremy Grey and John Beckwith, our title characters who make their living, ironically enough, as divorce mediators. However during "wedding season" Jeremy and John’s actual business takes a back seat to their hobby of crashing weddings, which they do for the sole purpose of scoring with every babe and or bridesmaid they can scam on that blissful day. For Jeremy and John crashing weddings has not only been elevated to an art form, it has become a downright science, which they practice with surgical like precision.

Being masters at crashing weddings, Jeremy and John decide to up the ante, by crashing the social event of the season- namely, the wedding of the daughter of United States Treasury Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken). While things go well at first, John finds himself enamored with the bride’s sister Claire (Rachel McAdams) and decides to break all the hard and fast rules of wedding crashing. As you might expect, this doesn’t sit well with Jeremy, who has his hands full with the bride’s clingy other sister Gloria (Isla Fisher). The situation spins out of control when John meets Claire’s boyfriend Zack (Bradley Cooper) and decides that he and Jeremy should spend the weekend with the somewhat neurotic Cleary Family, all in an effort to woo Claire away from her boyfriend. The cast of WEDDING CRASHERS also features Jane Seymour, Ellen Albertini Dow, Keir O'Donnell, Ron Canada, Henry Gibson, Dwight Yoakam and Rebecca De Mornay.

New Line Home Entertainment has made WEDDING CRASHERS available on DVD in a 2.35:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. This is another typically terrific looking New Line DVD. The image is bright sharp, clean and sport great definition. Colors are warmly rendered, with vibrant hues and natural looking flesh tones. Blacks are right on the money, whites are completely stable and the picture boasts excellent contrast and fine shadow detail. The film elements used for the transfer are virtually pristine and there is almost no appreciable grain. Digital compression artifacts are very nicely concealed.

WEDDING CRASHERS sports a fine Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack with a better than expected comedy mix. The surrounds are fairly engaging and offer a bit more activity than a typical comedy. Ambient sounds and musical fill are also nicely deployed through the rears. The forward soundstage is still dominant and offers good channel separations. Like your typical comedy, the track offers its share of popular music, which is rendered with great fidelity, as is the musical score. The bass channel has little to do, other than keeping the track grounded. An English Dolby Surround track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some nice supplements. WEDDING CRASHERS comes with two separate running audio commentaries; the first features stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, while the second includes director David Dobkin. There are two featurettes; Event Planning spends nearly eleven minutes behind-the-scenes, while The Rules is a tongue-in-cheek seven-minute look at the rules our two leading men live by to be successful wedding crashers. Next, we have The Rules Of Wedding Crashing written out as a study aid for those planning to do their own wedding crashing. A Theatrical Teaser, Theatrical Trailer, Bonus Trailers and Promotional Commercials close out the supplements.

As I stated above, WEDDING CRASHERS was one of the true comedic highlights of 2005. New Line’s Uncorked Edition DVD looks and sounds terrific, so this is the best way to enjoy an even racier version of the movie in the privacy of your own home. Recommended.



Wedding Crashers - Uncorked (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2005)



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