One of the best surprises of 2006, "THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA" has been given a terrific presentation on BLU-RAY from FOX. Following the trials and tribulations of a young girl beginning her career at a fashion magazine won by a dictator(Meryl Streep), it could've easily been turned into a "chick flick", but instead, it's so well-written, well-acted, and well-directed, that it should appeal to anyone who loves film. Streep demonstrates to the MTV generations what a "real" actress can do. There are brilliant moments wherein she can knock the audience over with merely more than a glance. Whenever she's on screen, she is in control and the film is at its greatest. Thankfully, she's on screen a lot! Anne Hathaway does a fine job in her role as the newest entry-level clerk for Streep, Andrea. But, then the entire cast is terrific and well-cast. It's just a great film, plain and simple!
FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the 2.35:1 aspect ratio intact. Colors are rich and solid in every instance. Detail is flawless, allowing even the opening credits to stand out in terms of pure visual awe! The production design to this film stands out in every scene, and it's really pleasing to find the transfer does it such justice. This is a DEMONSTRATION QUALITY transfer.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix.(Dolby Digital 5.1 is not available in English, although it is offered in Spanish and French). While not an "aggressive" mix, there are plenty of engaging surround moments. Atmospheric effects add impact to almost every scene and the music and song selections are outstanding and perfectly captured through all speakers. The only small drawback to the mix, involved some of Steep's lines coming across too low, necessitating a volume increase at times.
FOX has loaded this release with extras. There are five featurettes, all of which are self-promotional. A Deleted Scenes section offers 15 scenes, but most of these clearly wouldn't have added to the film in any way deeming them necessary. They're all presented in 480p. A audio commentary with the director, screenwriter and more. It's a good commentary, offering plenty of insight regarding the technical aspects of the film's production, but it would have been great to have Streep present, and she's sorely missed.