BLU-RAY REVIEW

Blended

Featured In Issue 190, October 2014

Picture4.5
Sound4
WSR Score3.5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number):
3000059808
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13
(Rating Reason):
Crude ad sexual content, and language
(Retail Price):
$35.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
117
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year):
2014
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
08/26/14
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Frank Coraci
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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"Blended" follows the events after a disastrous blind date in which single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 10 featurettes: "Safari" (HD 03:13), "Animals" (HD 03:34), "Parasailing" (HD 02:19), "Ostriches" (HD 01:51), "Dick's Customer Service" (HD 02:27), "Herlihopps: Basketball Actor" (HD 01:06), "Adam And Drew: Back Togther Again" (HD 02:21), "Bella Thorn's Makeover" (HD 01:58), "Nickens" (HD 01:39), and "Georgia" (HD 02:40); six deleted scenes (HD 06:21); a gag reel (HD 05:53); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed using the Arri Alexa XT digital camera and exhibits a bright, vivid, and colorful appearance throughout. The color palette is fully saturated with bold hues that pop off the screen. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are healthily hued and generally appear natural against a background of intense color. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a vibrant, saturated stylization that actuates the imagery. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is primarily frontal focused, with dialogue forward sounding throughout. Atmospherics provide a sense of environment with subtle surround immersion. The Africian-tinged music score is well recorded and provides energy and surround engagement. Deep bass is limited. Overall, this is "produced"-sounding soundtrack that is lively. (Gary Reber)