P.S. I Love You

Featured In Issue 133, July/August 2008

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Holly Kennedy (Swank) is smart, beautiful, and married to the love of her lifeóan easy-going Irish musician named Gerry (Butler). When Gerry dies of a sudden illness, Holly is left feeling depressed and unanchored to the real world. But Gerry knows his girl will be having a hard time once he is gone and has a plan from beyond the grave to aid his grieving widow. Starting on her 30th birthday, Holly receives a cake and a special present from Gerry and a recording of him emploring her to move on and try new things. Each month thereafter Holly receives a written message from Gerry, each note outlining a new adventure for her to try, and each one signed P.S. I Love You. Based on the novel by Cecelia Ahern.(Stacey Pendry)

Special features include an eight-minute interview with Author Cecelia Ahern, a four-minute music video "Same Mistake" by James Blunt, a five-minute mock commercial The Name Of The Game Is Snaps, 13 minutes of additional scenes, and previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD appears somewhat soft, with poor resolution compared to other new DVD releases. Shadows are nicely defined, though, and black levels are fairly deep. Fleshtones appear unnaturally pink, and contrast is too low. Colors are saturated fairly well, though. Source element artifacts are not recognizable, and compression artifacts are rare. Edge enhancement is noticeable, but is not much of a distraction. The VC-1-encoded Blu-ray Disc also looks soft, and shadows are poorly defined. The picture looks far too flat, and black levels are elevated. Colors are saturated well, though. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolbyģ Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack creates a solid front stage, but the surrounds are limited to very low-level effects. Fidelity generally sounds good, but dialogue can have a bloated, chesty tonality, which can be distracting. Bass is not a large part of this presentation, and, as such, the LFE channel is rarely used. Dialogue occasionally sounds forward, and the soundtrack lacks any sense of dimensionality. Dynamic range is somewhat limited, and the underlying noise that is audible in the more quiescent scenes doesn't help. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding delivers improved fidelity, especially with dialogue, but clipping distortion can be heard, and the mix is very limited. (Dannuy Richelieu)