My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Featured In Issue 174, February 2013

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"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was written by its star Nia Vardalos and was adapted from her off-Broadway show. Life is not very easy for the frumpy Toula Portokalos (Vardalos), a single, Greek-American woman in her thirties. Her mother (Kazan) and father (Constantine) are extremely distressed that Toula is not married to a Greek man, making Greek babies, and nourishing her Greek family with Greek food. One day, Toula decides to make a change for the better by trading her glasses for contacts, applying a bit of make-up, and dressing up. And when she finally lands a date with the seemingly perfect schoolteacher Ian Miller (Corbett), she must deal with one more family upset: he's not Greek, and he's a vegetarian. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features include the 2002 commentary with Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and Director Joel Zwick; the featurette "A Look Back" (HD 29:05); and five deleted scenes (HD 5:00).

First reviewed as an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD in Issue 71, this newly remastered 1080p AVC Blu-ray Disc release exhibits a very nicely rendered picture, with images that are sharp and detailed, with impressive clarity and depth. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks that convey a aliveness. Contrast is superb, with a bright natural visual impact. The picture tromps the previous DVD with a natural, easy-on-the-eyes appearance and incredible resolution that is assured to please fans. (Gary Reber)

The remastered DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack offers a quite pleasing holosonic® listening experience through the music. There's a palpable sense of spatial engulfment, with the surrounds gently to moderately active. Imaging across the screen is engaging and enveloping, with notable depth into the surrounds. Voices sound natural and are nicely placed with the visuals. The sound quality is very good. The low end is fairly noticeable with the music, but the LFE channel isn't really a factor for this soundtrack. (Gary Reber)