"CATCH AND RELEASE" was hardly noticed during its minimal theatrical run, but hopefully, will have a chance to win fans with its stellar BLU-RAY presentation. While far from perfect, writer-director Susanna Grant's film stars Jennifer Garner as a former young bride to be, whose fiance dies just before the wedding. As her fiance's friends try to help her through grief, she begins to find out that there was much she didn't know about him. The supporting cast is quite good, and, in fact, Kevin Smith is the best thing in the film. While Garner can be quite effective in select scenes, much of the film has her coming across without much depth. The more we see her, the more she seems limited to either frowning or smiling. She's proven her abilities in "ALIAS," but there's just a surprising amount of limitation in this role. There are also some really sluggish moments that drag an otherwise well-paced, engaging film to a near halt. However, the overall good-natured atmosphere of the film makes it worthwhile and often moving. It deserves to be seen, and many would probably want to see go back to it as a favorite.
SONY has provided a 1080p/MPEG-4 2.35:1 transfer. Colors are rich and vibrant. The location photography is astounding at times, and this transfer delivers plenty of "pop off the screen" moments. The detail is outstanding, unfortunately making Garner appear less than attractive in many of her scenes. Contrast is also impressive throughout. This is one of the finest blu-ray presentations we've seen in quite a while.
SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix and a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The PCM 5.1 mix is surprisingly aggressive, providing deep bass, continuous surround involvement and discrete effects. The PCM mix is noticeably more impressive than the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.
SONY has provided two audio commentaries, with the one featuring Smith, much more entertaining than the other. Deleted scenes and audition clips are included.