SRP $29.98 1.78:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 MAGNOLIA
 

"SERIOUS MOONLIGHT" marks the directorial debut of "CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM" star, Cheryl Hines. It more rightfully marks her finale as a director, as well. Screenwriter/actress/director Adrienne Shelly, tragically murdered before receiving the posthumous acclaim of her "WAITRESS," wrote the script for "SERIOUS MOONLIGHT," but one can't help wonder if she'd have ever allowed it to be made without further work on the script.

Meg Ryan stars as Louise, a successful lawyer, whom upon finding out that her husband, Ian(Timothy Hutton)has been cheating with a mistress, Sara(Kristen Bell)and is about to take a trip to France with her, knocks him out with a flowerpot! When Ian awakens, tied to a chair with tape, his wife fills him in on her plan: She will not let him out until he finds the love he's buried for her once again! WOW! RIVETING? No! Funny? No! Stupid? An understatement!  And, things don't get any better, or anymore believable, making this intended comedy, painfully slow, even at under 90 minutes. One can't fault Hines too much, just because she doesn't know where to place a camera, or know how to pace a scene for laughs, especially when there's no laugh to be found. Still, she doesn't seem to recognize what a mess the film's script was, or try to fix it, and that's shameful.

MAGNOLIA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray.  Colors are surprisingly lifeless throughout.  Detail is even more disappointing, if that's possible. Everything about the image appears flat, and this appears to be more a fault of Hines, the director, than of the actual transfer. It's no better looking than an average dvd.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is pretty much overkill. Front heavy with dialogue, and far from immersive, even minor ambient effects rarely appear. However, when music or a pop song kicks in, the dynamic range of this lossy mix makes for a pleasant experience.

As likeable as Cheryl Hines certainly is, and as gifted an actress, her commentary with the film's producers, shows how oblivious she and the rest are to the irredeemable mess they've created.

A making of featurette, offers more self-indulgence and delusion, in standard definition.

A brief HDNet featurette, offers Hines providing a synopsis of the film, in 1080i.

Several trailers for other MAGNOLIA releases are presented in full 1080p.