Catch and Release Blu-ray: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

This movie proves that we can never really know somebody.
  • OVERALL
    2.5
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
This movie proves that we can never really know somebody.
THE BAD
This film feels contrived and features performers who seem like they would know better.
THE FEATURE
When Grey (Jennifer Garner) loses her fiance Grady just as they are about to get married, things get bad for our star pretty quick in Catch and Release. Needing a place to live so she can get her life together (she would have lived in a home with Grady), Grey ends up moving in with her best friends Sam (Kevin Smith) and Dennis (Sam Jaeger). During this time of transition she starts talking to Grady's best pal Fritz (Timothy Olyphant) and soon realizes through a series of events that made Grady wasn't the man she thought he was. You can pretty much guess what happens in the rest of this movie and by process of elimination figure out how Grey's life goes.

Okay, if the pretentious names and "seen it before" plot haven't yet deterred your desire to see this movie, than Catch and Release is probably going to sit well with you. For me, there were too many movie moments and too many forced sounding conversations from a cast that seems like they should know better.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary Tracks

This DVD has two commentary tracks. One is with Director/Writer Susannah Grant and Kevin Smith, and the other is with Susannah Grant and Cinematographer John Lindley. Okay, I am 33 years old, which one do you think I listened to? Kevin Smith makes this commentary for probably the same reason he was hired to do this film. He and Grant banter wittily back and forth about each scene, praising certain actor's performances and discussing what was going on on set the day a particular scene was shot. They discuss the script and basically a lot of this track features Smith asking Grant a lot of questions, to which she usually laughs before she responds.

Deleted Scenes

Making of Featurette and Cast Auditions

The Making of Featurette and Cast Auditions were similar in that they dealt with how this movie came together, so I decided to put them both together here. The Making of Featurette is pretty predictable stuff with the actors, the director and others talking about this film, their characters and the themes of the story. There's nothing too amazing about this but it's worth a glance if you're a big fan of this movie. The Cast Auditions feature Kevin Smith, Juliette Lewis and Sam Jaeger and if you watch none of the other supplemental features on this release, make sure to run this one through your Blu-ray player.
THE VIDEO
2.40:1 Aspect Ratio - 1080p High-Definition. This movie looks quite good but it really is an odd choice to be released on Blu-ray disc. Yes, this film has that clean look that doesn't seem to change at all whether our characters are in exteriors or interiors. On the close-ups it seems like we really get to see what the characters look like, almost to the point where we can decipher the different shades of make-up each of them has on. I think what surprises me the most about this release is that its lack of video pizzaz really doesn't seem to warrant its next generation bump up.
THE AUDIO
PCM 5.1. The audio for this film was solid. It has that full feeling that seemed to sweep up the entire room, however again, this isn't the kind of movie that you really expect to much from in the sound department. Things were what they were and I would be surprised if suddenly Blu-ray players started coming already packed with this release. While nothing about the audio really grabbed me, as simply a pure viewing experience, everything played about where I thought it might.
THE PACKAGE
Still not a huge fan of these slimmer, Blu-ray covers but this front one mainly features Jennifer Garner's lovely mug. Below her are the three other main cast members from this film. The back features a description of what Catch and Release is about, it also serves up a features listing, a credits list and system specs. Aside from Blu-ray's very bubbly approach to these covers, there isn't a whole lot about it that particularly grabbed me.
THE FINAL WORD
I guess I probably should have known that anything from the screenwriter of 28 Days and In Her Shoes would probably not sit well with me. However, since screenwriter Susannah Grant also served as director on this project, it makes sense that she would insulate herself with somewhat familiar material her first time out. Yet, I just can't help but wonder how the writer of Erin Brockovich could play it so safe here? This is literally one of those movies that you could watch the trailer of and instantly know what it was all about.

Obviously, Susannah Grant has talent and she'll most certainly make another movie. It is also clear that for the majority of this cast, their roles in this film represented a nice payday. I just wish that this whole learning process didn't seem so obvious.

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