Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) are the pride of their fire station—two manly men who are best friends, always side-by-side, willing to do anything to help the other out. When civic red tape disallows widower, Larry, from naming his children as beneficiaries on his life insurance, he calls in a favor from best-buddy Chuck. Chuck is forced to agree to "I Do" when the judge proclaims I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry. Now posing as domestic partners to breach a loophole in the insurance restrictions, an overzealous bureaucrat becomes suspicious of the couple's union. Their civil union becomes front-page news, and the two are forced into a charade as love-struck newlyweds. (Stacey Pendry)
Special features include up-front previews, seven deleted scenes with optional commentary from Director Dennis Dugan, and the following featurettes: Laughing Is Contagious (seven minutes), I Now Pronounce You Husband And...Husband? (five minutes), Look Who Stopped By (seven minutes), Stop, Drop, And Roll (five minutes), and Dugan: The Hands-on Director (five minutes). There is also an option to view the film with commentary from cast and crew.
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing image with solid blacks and well-balanced contrast. Colors are bold and vibrant, and fleshtones are natural with good delineation between different tones. Black levels are fairly deep, but shadow delineation is lacking, as details in the darkest portions of the picture are difficult to make out. Edge enhancement is very minor and pixel breakup is not overly noticeable. The VC-1-encoded HD DVD also features bold colors and nicely balanced contrast, but fine details aren't delivered as well as the best high-definition releases. Black levels look slightly gray, and shadow delineation is somewhat lacking. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack can be limited in the front channels, but there are times when the mix incorporates each of the channels well. True phantom imaging is limited around the soundstage, which further limits the naturalness of the soundtrack. A shuffling distortion can be heard at times, but it does not become too much of a distraction. The HD DVD's Dolby Digital Plus encoding provides a slight increase in fidelity, but its lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding provides a noticeable increase in fidelity, although it also highlights the subtle brightness of the soundtrack, which can be heard in a sibilance in the dialogue. (Danny Richelieu)