The premise to "RUMOR HAS IT" sounds great! This reviewer was looking forward to its theatrical release last Christmas with great anticipation. The plot centers around Jennifer Aniston's character discovering situation after situation suggesting that the writer of "THE GRADUATE" based his material on her own family. While fans of "THE GRADUATE" film will enjoy the "inside" jokes that one has to have seen the original film to understand, the script tries to bring the new audience up-to-date in various areas. Unfortunately, there are a lot of missed opportunities here. While the cast is terrific, the script isn't. Director Rob Reiner has admitted to coming into the project very late, so his attention to the fine details of the script, so common in his best films, is sorely missing here. There are some good laughs, but it's not the great film that one continuously realizes it could've been!
WARNER BROS. has released "RUMOR HAS IT" in the HD-DVD format and now "BLU-RAY". WARNER BROS. has presented the film in its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio. While the HD-DVD image was quite impressive, the "BLU-RAY" offers a consistently better image. The grain that was at times intrusive in HD-DVD is virtually non-existent in BLU-RAY. While colors were rich and bright on HD-DVD, they're more life-like and pleasing on BLU-RAY. The contrast is better in BLU-RAY, with deeper blacks and grays. The detail found in virtually every scene is striking when compared to the standard dvd.
WARNER BROS. has provided a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix. While the HD-DVD format offers DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1, the BLU-RAY only offers the same DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix found on the standard dvd. However, we didn't notice any difference between the HD-DVD and "BLU-RAY" formats. The film's mix isn't aggressive and surrounds are rarely used, other than in boosting the film's score and minor atmosphere effects. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.