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Father of the Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition/Father of the Bride Part II – 3-Disc Combo Pack (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

May 11, 2012 by  



Fun and delightful!  Both popular Steve Martin comedies in one Blu-ray release!  For fans of “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride: Part II” will enjoy the upgraded video and audio quality of both films in HD!

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TITLE: Father of the Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition/Father of the Bride Part II

FILM RELEASE: Father of the Bride (1991)/Father of the Bride II (1995)

DURATION: Father of the Bride (105 Minutes)/Father of the Bride II (106 Minutes)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish

COMPANY: Touchstone Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (For Some Mild Language and Thematic Elements)

Release Date: May 15, 2012

Father of the Bride

Directed by Charles Shyer

Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer

Produced by Carol Baum, Nancy Meyers, Howard Rosenman

Executive Producer: Jim Cruickshank, Sandy Gallin, James Orr

Associate Producer: Bruce A. Block

Co-Producer: Cindy Williams

Music by Alan Silvestri

Cinematography by John Lindley

Edited by Richard Marks

Casting by Donna Isaacson

Production Design by Sandy Venziano

Art Direction by Erin M. Cummins

Set Decoration by Cynthia McCormac

Costume Design by Susan Becker

Father of the Bride Part II

Directed by Charles Shyer

Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer

Produced by Nancy Meyers

Executive Producer: Carol Baum, Sandy Gallin

Co-Executive Producers: Jim Cruickshank, James Orr

Associate Producer: Julie B. Crane

Co-Producer: Bruce A. Block

Music by Alan Silvestri

Cinematography by Elliot Davis, William A. Fraker

Edited by Adam Bernardi, Stephen A. Rotter

Casting by Jeff Greenberg, Sheila Guthrie, Donna Isaacson

Production Design by Linda DeScenna

Art Direction by Greg Papalia

Set Decoration by Ric McElvin

Costume Design by Enid Harris

Starring:

Steve Martin as George Banks

Diane Keaton as Nina Banks

Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks

Kieran Culkin as Matty Banks

George Newbern as Bryan MacKenzie

Martin Short as Franck Eggelhoffer

BD Wong as Howard Weinstein

Peter Michael Goetz as John MacKenzie

Kate McGregor-Stewart as Joanna MacKenzie

April Ortiz as Olivia

Eugene Levy as Mr. Habib

Celebrate the platinum anniversary of the unforgettable comedy classic “Father of the Bride” plus the uproarious follow-up “Father of the Bride Part II” on Blu-ray™ for the first time ever. Screen legends Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short star in these warm and witty family favorites, complete with a new digital restoration.

Things get out of hand for befuddled father George Banks (Martin) when his young daughter unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Life gets even crazier in the sidesplitting sequel when his daughter and his wife (Keaton) both announce they are pregnant, and George desperately tries to capture the wild and crazy days of his youth.

Relive every heartwarming and hilarious moment in this special 2-Movie Collection. It’s fantastic family entertainment that really delivers.

In 1950, the American comedy “Father of the Bride” directed by Vicente Minnelli and starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor was a big success in the box office and nominated for several Academy Awards.  The film would inspire a sequel titled “Father’s Little Dividend” in 1951.

Fast forward over 40-years later and a remake of the film co-written and directed by Charles Shyer (“Alfie”, “The Parent Trap”, “The Odd Couple”) and starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Martin Short was released in 1991 and earned over $89 million in the box office.  And like the original film, would also inspire a remake of the sequel titled “Father of the Bride Part II” featuring the original cast and would go on to earn over $76 million in the box office.

And now both films will be release together on Blu-ray courtesy of Touchstone Home Entertainment.

“Father of the Bride” is a film that focuses on George Banks (played by Steve Martin), a father of two and the owner of an an athletic shoe company.  His 22-year-old daughter Annie (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is making her return to the U.S. after a stay in Europe.

While both he and his wife Nina (played by Diane Keaton) are happy to have their daughter back home, to their surprise, Annie announces that she met a man named Bryan MacKenzie (played by George Newbern) and both have fell in love with each other and are now getting married.

For George, this is difficult news to take in because he’s not ready for his young daughter to be married, but Annie reminds him that he and his wife both married at the age of 21.  But for George, he emphasizes that they were much more mature when they were younger.  Their discussion leads to an argument but they reconcile as Bryan will be meeting George and Nina for the first time.

As George arrives, both he and Annie show great affection towards each other and Nina quickly accepts him, as George still has a hard time taking it in that his daughter is married and each time he thinks about Bryan, he thinks he saw him on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted”.

Eventually, it’s time to plan for the wedding and Annie wants to have the wedding reception at her home.  So, the family hires an eccentric wedding designer, Franck Eggelhoffer (played by Martin Short), who along with his assistant Howard Weinstein (played by B.D. Wong) plan for a beautiful wedding.  But when George starts to learn that the price for wedding items is $250 per head, he begins to panic about the cost of the wedding that he wants to trim the wedding invitations from 500 to 100 people and for Annie, seeing her father (who is tight with money), not wanting to spend so much money on the wedding, gets upset with him.

And as the stress of his daughter getting married and the price of the wedding becoming more expensive than he had ever expected, will George ever relax and come to terms that his daughter is getting married and he has to accept it?

For “Father of the Bride Part II”, Annie and George come to bring their parents some good news and that both are expecting their first baby.  And everyone is excited but George starts to stress out once again as he can’t picture his young daughter now about to give birth to a baby.  And also, the thought of becoming a grandfather sends George to a midlife crisis as he tries to be younger and starts to work out and even dyes his hair dark.  And to show his “youthfulness”, he surprises his wife Nina for a wild night of passion.

But as both George and Nina prepare for Annie’s wedding, George’s “midlife crisis” starts to lead him into making rash decisions and this time, he sells his home to Mr. Habib (played by Eugene Levy) and now the Banks must move out of their house within the next ten days.

While George never thought about finding a house before he moves out, fortunately the MacKenzie’s let them stay at their home while they find a new home to move to.  But as they plan to move, Nina has been feeling a bit sick and when she goes to get checked, both George and Nina find out that they are expecting a child.

While Nina didn’t think she could get pregnant at an older age (and thought she was in menopause), George starts to stress out more as he’s not prepared to be a father at his age, especially since he was planning for retirement.  But because he loves his wife and also loves his daughter, he vows to take care of both his wife and his daughter as they are both pregnant.

VIDEO:

“Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride: Part II” were released back in the 1990’s.  The video quality is much better than the previous DVD.  While there is a good amount of grain and even some noise considering the age of this film, including some scenes that look soft, there were also scenes that featured a lot of detail.  From the skin pores that can be seen on Steve Martin’s face to the vibrant colors that can be seen throughout the film, there is definitely an upgrade in quality video-wise.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

As for audio, “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride: Part II” is presented in English 5.1 DTS HD-MA and French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital.  While the lossless audio features clear dialogue and the music sounds fantastic in lossless, it’s not exactly a film that utilizes the surround channels all that much, especially during crowd scenes.  But nevertheless, the soundtrack does sound very good, especially over its DVD counterpart for both films.

Subtitles are provided in English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Father of the Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition/Father of the Bride Part II – 3-Disc Combo Pack” comes with the following special features:

Father of the Bride

  • An Invitation to Father of the Bride – (13:36) Interview with director Charles Shyer and the cast of “Father of the Bride”.
  • Martin & Short Interview Each Other – (5:13) A humorous interview between Steve Martin and Martin Short.
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with co-writer and director Charles Shyer.

Father of the Bride: Part II

  • Theatrical Trailer – (2:28) The theatrical trailer for “Father of the Bride: Part II”
  • Production Story – (4:21) Featuring behind the scenes of “Father of the Bride: Part II” and about how a few of the talents knew each other well.
  • Just Between Friends – (3:53) Martin Short interviews Steve Martin for “Father of the Bride: Part II”.

 EXTRAS:

“Father of the Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition/Father of the Bride Part II” Blu-ray comes with a separate DVD for each film.

As a fan of Steve Martin comedies, I was pleased that both “Father and the Bride” films were released on Blu-ray.

First, let’s talk about the first film “Father of the Bride”.  What I enjoyed about the first film is how it is a film that many parents can relate to.  Seeing your children grow and then eventually getting married.  As a father, I sympathize with the character of George Banks and I often myself looking at photos that seem like they were taken yesterday of my child.  And realizing how quickly they grow up.

And for many fathers who have daughters, you worry that make good decisions when it comes to their lives, their careers and also the person that they marry.  The film focuses primarily on the father’s perspective and being a concerned father but also a fiscally conservative person, I can also sympathize with George Banks characters when the price of the wedding skyrockets.

But what this film had was a lot of charm.  Aside from the crazy antics of George Banks snooping around the MacKenzie home, nearly everything else with the film, many people can relate to.  From a parents noticing their child and their significant other being affectionate to that first meeting between a significant other and the parent.  These emotions that George is feeling, many fathers can relate to.  Although, the blow up in the supermarket as George feels he is being gouged in the wallet and then losing his temper when it comes to the number of hot dog buns in a package as a sign of release, was a bit over-the-top.

But what Steve Martin film isn’t?  You expect a lot of hijinks from his character and for the most part, Steve Martin delivers.  Also, I felt that Diane Keaton was played the wife/mother remarkably well.  It’s one of those films to catch actress in a different role far from the roles we have seen of her back in “The Godfather” or Woody Allens films.  She played the role wonderfully and both Martin and Keaton had wonderful chemistry.

And that leads us to new actress at the time, Kimberly Williams (before she married country singer Brad Paisley and would star in the ABC sitcom “The World According to Jim”).  Kimberly brought innocence to her character and for her major film debut, it was important for her to portray a variety of emotions and for the most part, she succeed.

And then you have your supporting characters, Martin Short and Steve Martin always work great together, a young Kieran Culkin brought a bit of humor to his character as well.

So, the first film I enjoyed a lot because it’s a storyline that was fun, enjoyable but also a story that parents can relate to.

As for the second film, “Father of the Bride Part II”, while I enjoyed the storyline of the aspect of being a new grandfather, once again, something that parents who have children that are married, viewers can sympathize.

But by having two people pregnant, it took a bit away from the primary focus from Annie and her husband and while we know that George Banks can get out of hand whenever he is stressed out, while the first film was more believable, this one was getting a bit over-the-top.  Perhaps people wanted to see more of Diane Keaton and Martin Short or the usual crazy Steve Martin character portrayal but I was hoping to see more of Annie and Bryan, but instead it became more about George and Nina.

The sequel was still entertaining but not as enjoyable as the first film.  The whole “Selling the house, staying at the MacKenzie residence, getting the house back” scenes felt absolutely unnecessary and took away my enjoyment from the second film.  I know the reason was to show this phase that George was going through and the irrational decisions that he tends to make while stressed out but it was a bit too-over-the-top for my taste.

As for the Blu-ray release, the video and audio quality is a step ahead of its DVD counterpart.  Primarily visually, the film looks good, although it does show its age at times.  But the film is well-detailed and vibrant, lossless audio was good but not as immersive as I was hoping during the crowd sequences.  And both films have audio commentary and a few special features.  Although, there is nothing new added to this Blu-ray release.

Overall, “Father of the Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition/Father of the Bride Part II – 3-Disc Combo Pack” is a good double-film set that is lighthearted, fun and enjoyable.  You’re literally getting one film for the price of one on Blu-ray and if you are big fans of the films and own the previous DVD versions, the upgrade to Blu-ray is well worth it.






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