Blu-Ray Review: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway in Loathsome ‘Bride Wars’

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CHICAGOAnne Hathaway and Kate Hudson star in the awful “Bride Wars,” an alleged comedy with a great 3-disc Blu-Ray edition that still can’t hide the awful movie underneath. Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

Liv (Hudson) and Emma (Hathaway) are best friends who have always dreamed of getting married at the Plaza Hotel. When their nuptials are accidentally scheduled for the same date, they begin torture campaigns against each other, trying to see who will flinch first and move their date or cancel their wedding altogether.

Bride Wars was released on Blu-Ray on April 28th, 2009.
Bride Wars was released on Blu-Ray on April 28th, 2009.
Photo credit: Fox

What were they thinking? Kate Hudson has made some bad choices in recent years, but would the young actress who shined so brightly in “Almost Famous” please come back? And Anne Hathaway should simply know better. It’s not hard to believe that “Bride Wars” hurt her Oscar campaign for “Rachel Getting Married”. It’s as drastic a leap from best film of her career to worst as nearly any actress has taken with back-to-back movies.

Bride Wars was released on Blu-Ray on April 28th, 2009.
Bride Wars was released on Blu-Ray on April 28th, 2009.
Photo credit: Fox

I have to admit that I was dreading “Bride Wars”. The commercials seemed toxic and the 24 on Metacritic is shockingly low. Yes, that’s 24 out of 100. Judged on a very low bar of expectations, “Bride Wars” slid over, coming off as dull more than offensive or awful. What’s shocking about “Bride Wars,” except for the offensively stereotypical portrayal of marriage-hungry women, is that it’s just dull, dull, dull.

When the boredom of “Bride Wars” is shattered, it’s only done so because of loathsome behavior on the part of the two lead characters, two women who deserve to fall in an open sewer grate about as much as they deserve the wedding of their dreams. For the most part, “Bride Wars” is about as exciting as watching someone else’s nuptial videos.

Spreading pregnancy rumors, messing with spray tans and dye jobs - no ONE does this kind of thing to another human being and there’s just nothing funny about it. It’s a sad statement about what Hollywood thinks of women, especially brides. When these two Oscar-nominated actresses are reduced to a sexy dance-off on a strip club stage, it produced much more sadness than laughter.

Bride Wars was released on Blu-Ray on April 28th, 2009.
Bride Wars was released on Blu-Ray on April 28th, 2009.
Photo credit: Fox

And the worst thing about “Bride Wars” is the classic move of these loathsome comedies in that the writers and director actually want you to cheer when the film comes to its predictable happy ending. There’s nothing funny about this dull, predictable, unlikable comedy, one that you should only see if you’re a giant Kate Hudson or Anne Hathaway fan. But don’t be surprised if you’re no longer after suffering through one of the most unremarkable comedies in years.

The movie may be horrible, but the 3-Disc Blu-Ray is truly impressive. The first disc features the HD version of the film and hours of extras. The second disc includes the standard DVD version of the film and the third disc is the digital copy.

The film is presented in 1080p with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio with an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track.

Special features include “Something old, Something New and What That’s Gonna Cost You” Pop-Up Trivia Track, deleted scenes, improvisations, “Meet Me at the Plaza,” “The Perfect White Dress,” “FOX Movie Channel presents In Character with Kate Hudson,” “FOX Movie Channel presents In Character with Anne Hathaway,” “Caught On Tape: Man-den, Maid of Honor, and Amanda-Cam”. The DVD version includes deleted scenes and the “White Dress” featurette as well.

‘Bride Wars’ is released by Fox Home Video and stars Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, and Candice Bergen. It was written by Greg DePaul and Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael and directed by Gary Winick. The film was released on April 28th, 2009. It is rated PG-13. content director Brian Tallerico

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