This reviewer admits to having prejudices against "WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS," not liking Cameron Diaz at all, and being less than impressed with Ashton Kutcher's previous films. That said, "WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS," is a great surprise. The plot: two seemingly polar opposites, dealing with some major changes, (Kutcher has been fired, Diaz dumped) and finding some fun with each other over a drunken trip amidst the Vegas nightlife. In fact, too much fun, as they both find out they got married! As both are about to bail out on each other, having sobered up, complications arise when change borrowed from one, helps the other win a multi-million dollar slot-machine jackpot. A judge makes both of them have to work at making the marriage work, or they stand to lose their pending fortune.
Due to tight direction, a great supporting cast and a light and breezy script, the film never lowers itself too much into the muck. Sure, we've seen some of these scenes before in other films, but there's also something almost refreshing this time out, as Diaz and Kutcher manage to compliment their lines, rather than chew them and spit them out. That's not to say, they don't overact. But, this script is perfectly suited to them, and its over-the-top "twists" feel just right with these two leads. "WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS," while not entirely unpredictable, is one of the more welcome comedy surprises of the year.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. It's an extremely bright image, and while one expects the neon lights of Vegas to be pushed to saturation limits, even the "non-Vegas" nightlife scenes are pushed to extremes. So, colors are vibrant, but always teetering on the edge of over-saturation. Darker scenes look much better, with great detail and inky blacks. While the image veers towards an unnatural feel for the majority of the film, the image never falls flat, so high-def viewers will be pleased for the most part.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Lossless mix. As is typical with comedy mixes, there's nothing aggressive with the surrounds or effects here. Discrete and ambient effects are most pronounced during casino scenes, but the majority of the film is front-focused. Dynamic range is fine, but there's nothing remarkable here. Even the music is surprisingly restrained. However, while the mix doesn't do anything to make it stand out amongst many better releases, it's never problematic.
FOX has included a pretty dulll commentary, as well as featurettes(all in HD) and deleted scenes and a gag reel(both in standard resolution). A digital copy for home computer, has been included as well.