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SRP $28.95 2.35:1 PCM 5.1 SONY

This reviewer admits being pleasantly surprised by “HITCH”.  There were plenty of problems and predictable moments, right up to the ending, but it had such an overall warm-hearted nature permeating it, and so much of it felt fresh in execution that it’s hard not to be won over it. Smith plays the title character, “HITCH”, a date doctor, creating ingenious staged events for male customers to meet and presumably win over women they’d otherwise never have had the chance to be with.   While the complexities of his own potential relationship with Eva Mendez, are entirely predictable, it matters not!  “HITCH” wins over its audience, one scene at a time, in a smooth, calculated manner.

SONY has preserved the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio.  The actual image quality, while impressive, isn’t as noticeable an improvement over the dvd, as we’d expected for high definition “BLU-RAY.”  Although many scenes offered better detail, there were some that didn’t!  There were also problems with grain in scenes that weren’t plagued by this problem on dvd!  We’re not sure as to why or how this problem could even exist on a high definition “BLU-RAY” disc. Even though it’s a great image overall, it’s still disappointing that it failed to blow away its dvd predecessor in every instance. 

SONY presents a “PCM” 5.1 mix that’s a noticeable improvement over the previous Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While the dvd offers fine surround moments, the “BLU-RAY” has noticeably more directional effects and noticeably superior range.  Still a dialogue-driven film, those key instances wherein discrete effects come to life, are much more impressive on “BLU-RAY.” 

SONY has done away with most of the extras available on dvd. However, two featurettes and a gag reel are included.