The 2012 "What to Expect When You're Expecting" hits the Blu-ray shelves on a single-disc Blu-ray package housing the film's HD and digital download copies. This pregnancy movie by Kirk Jones is a loose adaptation of Heidi Murkoff's best-selling guidebook. It follows various story arcs linked together as an ensemble tale of five very different mothers-to-be who experience the thrills, surprises, and challenges of having a baby. As the expectant couples prepare for the responsibilities of parenthood, the narrative takes a look at their lives of as they face unexpected trials and triumphs from planned and unplanned pregnancies. Brooklyn Decker, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, and Elizabeth Banks lead the star-studded cast of this female-oriented offering.
This romance flick delivers a stellar HD transfer. Although underwhelmed by the film's overused storyline, stale plot, and flawed comedy set-ups, the presentation consistently renders remarkably sharp and well-defined images with very minor stability and compression issues to worry about. Shots always showcase pleasing object detail, nicely saturated colors, and solid contrast.
The cinematography and production design try to establish a visual flair that can help make the characters' various undertakings more engaging on screen. However, the movie's generic twists and turns really pull the storytelling down. With mostly underwritten characters, the very predictable scenes are often unable to hit their marks to warrant an engaging viewing experience for the audience.
The film's seven-channel lossless soundtrack maximizes the surround and LFE channels with boisterous music, crowd noise, and street ambience. It boasts very strong fidelity and wide dynamic range from start to end. It also carries out an excellent use of discrete channelization to make the many audio elements more involving. The speaking lines are always well-prioritized in the mix. No audio dropouts, distortions, and other aural issues plague the transfer.
This Blu-ray edition promotes a few video supplements that are all presented in HD format. These include the male characters featurette "The Dudes Unscrewed," an homage piece for the book that inspired the movie entitled "What to Expect and the Pregnancy Bible," a reel deleted scenes, and the film's theatrical trailer. The disc also offers subtitle options in English, English SDH, and Spanish.
"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a paper-thin enterprise that is full of missed opportunities. Its overly familiar plot threads fail to provide effective comedy and profundity because nothing really holds the story together. It is clear that the narrative utilizes interlocking stories with pregnancy at its core, but there is no bond that connects the audience with the characters. This safe and formulaic piece's flat and disjointed gags merely work as a cash cow material capitalizing on a famous book and an all-star cast. It still supplies some good chuckles courtesy of its likable characters, but its stock of romantic comedy clichés are too generic to warrant a satisfying watch for those looking for a fun and witty movie.
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