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P.S. I LOVE YOU

The presence of Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates is what piqued my interest in seeing P.S. I LOVE YOU ($29), a film that is being promoted as a romantic comedy. While the film itself does have a strong element of comedy, P.S. I LOVE YOU is far more dramatic than it is comic. P.S. I LOVE YOU places Swank in the role of recently widowed New Yorker Holly Kennedy, who finds it nearly impossible to move forward with her life. Hollyís husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) died of a brain tumor, and the foreknowledge of his impending death gave him time to plan a way for Holly to move forward with her life. Through a series of letters that he scheduled to have delivered to her, Gerry nudges Holly forward towards living the remainder of her life. If Iíve made P.S. I LOVE YOU sound like a slightly weepy chick flickÖ well then, Iíve done my job. This is a most definitely a chick flick, but it does benefit from good performances, as well as some beautiful scenery in Ireland. The cast of P.S. I LOVE YOU also features Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Harry Connick Jr., Nellie McKay and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Warner Home Video has made P.S. I LOVE YOU available on DVD in a 1.78:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Sharpness and image detail are generally good, but there is some softness. The outdoor cinematography in Ireland is decidedly the highlight of the film. Colors are pretty vivid, sometimes a bit more than they should be. Flesh tones are usually attractive. Blacks are pure, whites are crisp, plus the levels of contrast and shadow detail are fairly good. The film elements are free from defects, but there is appreciable grain. Digital compression artifacts are not problematic.

P.S. I LOVE YOU comes with a generally unremarkable, talky comedy/drama mix encoded into Digital 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital. As with typical films of this ilk, the forward soundstage is dominant, with the rears supplying little beyond the expected ambient sound and musical fill. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. French and Spanish 5.1 channel tracks are also provided, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few extras. A Conversation With Cecilia Ahern offers eight minutes with the author of the book upon which the film is based. The Name Of The Game Is Snaps six minute of game instruction. Twelve minutes of Alternate Scenes and a Music Video for the song Same Mistake by James Blunt close out the extras.

P.S. I LOVE YOU is an entertaining enough chick flick, but isnít the romantic comedy some may think it to be. Warnerís DVD release is nice, but like its Blu-ray counterpart, it is nothing to write home about.

 

P.S. I LOVE YOU 


P.S. I Love You (2007)

ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS 

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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