FOX has released "BRIDE WARS" on blu-ray and dvd. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway star in this comedy as Liz and Emma, two best friends, with long-time dreams of serving as each other's maid of honor when they get married and having a dream wedding at the famous "PLAZA" hotel. The two couldn't be happier when they've both been proposed to with weddings set in the same month. Unfortunately, when a booking mistake has left the girls double-booked at the same location on the same day, the two become fast enemies, declaring war on one another, in their attempts to ruin one another's plans. Surprisingly enough, and this reviewer can't stand Kate Hudson, they're both quite good here, and "BRIDE WARS" ends up being more than a "girl's" film. The tight direction, and some of the mean-spiritedness transcends the romantic comedy genre, making this one entertaining for guys as well as girls. At under 90 minutes, the story moves along at a brisk pace, allowing for its few narrative predictabilities to easily be overlooked. While not a "gem," "BRIDE WARS" serves as a fun, breezy 89 minutes of often "laugh-out-loud" comedy, with heart.
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. While colors aren't as consistently vibrant as on the best of FOX blu-rays, they're never dull. Detail is remarkable throughout, allowing the pomp of the wedding as well as the events leading up to it, to be complimented with a truly cinematic feel. It's a well-polished image, and even the darker scenes offer great depth. Not a reference quality blu-ray, but quite good.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Being a comedy, most of the mix is dialogue-heavy with emphasis on front speakers. However, the wonderful score and song selections are enhanced with an immersive feel from all speakers. Ambient effects and deep bass even kick in effectively during some key moments. It's a pleasant, although non-aggressive mix.
FOX has provided some fun extras with this blu-ray release. A pop-up trivia track is offered, along with a bevy of brief, 1080p featurettes, examining the Vera Wang costuming, interviews, deleted and alternate scenes, and more on the main disc. The 2nd disc offers the standard dvd of the film with some of the extras from the blu-ray carried over. The 3rd disc is the digital copy, allowing for uploading on one's personal computer.