Blu-ray Review “The Wedding Ringer”

weddingringerStarring: Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, Affion Crockett, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Run Time: 101 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I am sure the studios thought that this film would be an instant win taking one of comedies biggest names, Kevin Hart and putting him with the voice of Olaf from Disney’s Frozen in an R-rated comedy?! Well it might have sounded better on paper I guess. The duo are funny together but the film itself is quite forgettable and what I call a one-timer. It is funny to watch once and there are in fact some good moments but overall, I will not remember this film next year.

Official Premise: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

Sony is releasing this film as a combo pack with a Blu-ray + UltraViolet included. The 1080p transfer honestly looks quite amazing. I rather laughed when I saw that this film was mastered in 4K but it does pay off and the transfer is quite solid. Usually, I would expect this for the big budget films but the colors are quite vibrant in this. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track also works well with captured the film’s craziness and jokes.

In terms of special features, there isn’t a whole lot of substances here. There is a audio commentary track (on select scenes) with Director Jeremy Garelick and Actor Josh Gad. Pretty decent and quite funny even though limited. There are 15 Deleted/Extended scenes, as well as a few outtakes as well. “Line-O-Rama” is about 15 minutes of non-stop ad-lib and more outtakes. “Going to the Chapel of Love” is a short feature with the cast/crew chatting about their real life wedding experiences. Lastly there is a music video for “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc.

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