‘The House Bunny’ Blu-ray Review
Like Will Ferrell, there is something about Anna Faris that no matter the role, she can make lackluster looking films very entertaining. There is just a charm about her that light up the screen when she is in a scene. It all began with the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise where she has played a ditsy blonde and for the most part has carried over into other roles. It is the electricity that she brings in her roles that you can not dislike her performance. At the box office ‘The House Bunny’ had a total worldwide gross of $68 million dollars being a hit domestically and internationally.
‘The House Bunny’ is a film that borrows many elements from other films in the comedy genre. We are not getting a totally original film, but what is presented to us actually works very well. Shelley Darlington (Anna Faris) has just turned 27 years old living in the Playboy Mansion. Her goal is to become the centerfold for the November issue of Playboy. She is so excited on her birthday as she is expecting a letter from Hue Heffner (himself) that will give her the invitation to be the November centerfold.
The next day on her birthday, she receives a letter that tells her to pack her things and get out of the Playboy Mansion within 2 hours. Shelley gets in her station wagon that she originally came to the Mansion with and drives off. She ends up getting herself placed in jail for trying to give an officer a favor that she misunderstood. Once out of jail, Shelley finds her way to a college campus where there is a sorority house that is on the verge of being closed down. She is trying to find acceptance, and the opportunity to become den mother for the ZETA house falls on her lap. There is another house mother Mrs. Hagstrom (Beverly D’Angelo) that will try to make her life a living hell.
The ZETA girls are the dorkiest girls on campus, such as Natalie (Emma Stone), Mona (Kat Dennings), Joanne (Rumer Willis), and Harmony (Katharine McPhee). Shelley takes the girls from zero to the most popular girls on campus. She transformed them to beautiful looking girls that other students on campus want to be their friends. Faris also has an ongoing relationship with Oliver (Colin Hanks). This was the one piece of the story where I wasn’t too fond of as it just didn’t feel right.
Anna Faris manages to pull off a good performance here as the lead. She manages to light up each scene that she is in. Times when she isn’t on screen, you are begging for her to be on the screen. There is just something about Faris that I wish she would get more roles and try a few serious roles.
Movie Content: 4/5
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Colors are rich and bold providing a vibrant image with pop. The color palette is very good in this film. Blacks are deep. Fleshtones look very accurate and natural. This all adds up for a very detailed transfer that I would have not expected from a comedy like this film. The print is pristine from any artifacts or noise. This is a very nice video presentation that could almost pass off as demo quality.
Video Quality: 4.5/5
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. This is a film that will not shake the room or test the limits of the soundfield. For the type of film this is and the use of the audio is actually very well balanced. Dialogue is the centerpiece of the film as this is a more dialogue heavy film. Dialogue is clean and crisp through the center channel. The rears only had use whenever there were a few sound effects. The entire soundfield was put to good use when the soundtrack was in play.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Deleted scenes – 10 total
- Featurettes – 12 total [HD]
- The Girls Upstairs
- Look Who Dropped By
- Anna Farris: House Mom
- I Know What Boys Like [HD]
There is a good amount of mixture between standard and high definition features. High definition features are more predominate here. Between 10 deleted scenes and 12 featurettes, there is an abundance of extras for fans of the film to enjoy.
Special Features: 3.5/5
While ‘The House Bunny’ isn’t an original film, it is one that you will enjoy from start to finish thanks to Anna Faris. Faris is the female version of Will Ferrell as her presence alone can make any script into comedy gold, except for ‘Scary Movie 4’. The Blu-ray version has nearly demo worthy picture quality which makes picking up the Blu-ray of the film. For fans of Anna Faris, I recommend a purchase and for those that are looking for a good comedy this is a nice rental.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Rental/Purchase)