Pretty Woman (Blu-ray)
SRP $35.99 1.85:1 PCM 5.1 BUENA VISTA
 

"PRETTY WOMAN" is one of those films that almost every woman loves and some hate, including this reviewer as part of this latter group! V.F. Lawton's original script is supposedly much darker than what ended up on screen, however the studio chose wisely(going by box-office results) in painting a completely unrealistic, rosy picture of the streetwalker focused on in the plot. Not only does Julia Roberts, as Vivian, have the benefit of garnering the attraction of Richard Gere, a billionaire named Edward Lewis, but, pretty much all of the reality that make the daily trials of a streetwalker are completely glossed over in a nauseatingly, unhealthy manner. Of course, Edward is at first, cold and driven as he readies his next corporate acquisition, not caring about the many lives and jobs to be lost in the process. He also isn't all that sexually energetic towards his conquest of Vivian, ready to be a lapdog for the $3,000 he's offering her to be at his side whenever needing her over the days ahead. 

Female viewers have tended to gush at the scenes wherein Edward provides Vivian with the means to trade-up her hooker cloths for expensive Versace and more, and a completely vomit-inducing scene built around his teaching Vivian about opera. But, there are plenty more, completely ridiculous, smug moments throughout the film, for any viewers not caught up in the "hooker fantasy" elements that may be infiltrating their subconscious. The supporting cast, including Jason Alexander, is great. It's impossible to argue the film's awfulness with anyone that's already a fan, and that makes up most movie-goers, since the film was originally released in 1990!

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  It's a beautiful transfer, offering the moderate contrast between day/night scenes to be both pleasing and detailed. While the day scenes fare the best, blacks are deep enough to make the darker nighttime sequences enjoyable and amazingly detailed. While not flawless, due to some grain, the image is notably better than any of the dvd presentations of the past or recent 1080i cable showing. There are plenty of scenes offering the jump-off-the-screen depth one hopes for with blu-ray.

BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  While surrounds generally restrained, there is plenty of separation noticeable in the front soundstage. Also, the score and popular song selections of the period of the film's release, still hold up well today, and they sound outstanding as presented in this mix! Dynamic range is excellent and "PRETTY WOMAN" hasn't sounded better than it does here, not even in its original theatrical release.

There are a number of entertaining extras included here. The least entertaining, being the bloopers, with the best being the honest, entertaining commentary featuring Director Gary Marshall. All of the extras are presented in standard resolution.