Bedtime Stories (3-Disc) Blu-ray Review
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Run time: 99 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 DL/ 2 DVD
Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) the son of a father (Jonathan Pryce) who attempted to fulfill his life dream of owning and operating a small hotel. However, Skeeter’s dad just isn’t a very good businessmen and ends up having to sell his hotel to Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths), but only on the condition that when Skeeter is grown that he will be made manager. The deal is struck and Nottingham tears down the quaint hotel and builds a luxurious, mega-hotel. He keeps Skeeter around as the head janitor, but soon forgets the promise he made. When Skeeter learns that Nottingham is going to be building a new hotel, he believes this is his big break, but then Nottingham announces his future son-in-law, Kendall (Guy Pierce) will be the manager of the new hotel.
Skeeter is heartbroken however, he does have other matters to occupy part of his time because his sister, Wendy (Courtney Cox) has to leave town for a job interview and asks Skeeter to watch over her kids, Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heti) and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling), in the evenings and overnight. Wendy has already arranged for a friend of hers, Jill (Keri Russell) to watch the kids during the day but in the evenings she has classes to attend. Initially Skeeter is a bit hesitant with the kids and he absolutely abhors Jill. However, after an evening of bedtime stories the kids are hooked and bond is made between them. The next morning events from the bedtime story he told that night before begin to come true. Skeeter is amazed and then attempts to manipulate his nephew and niece ideas to allow his own dreams come true, but true to life, things don’t exactly turn out the way he imagines.
I enjoyed ‘Bedtime Stories’ for the film being simple, yet the premise is not an original one. The film has a great amount of family humor. The movie also has some very positive messages about family and living in a community. ‘Bedtime Stories’ can have a major impact upon children and I really enjoyed how the filmmakers used this concept as a way of strengthening the bonds between emotionally-distanced family members. It’s just an enjoyable and quality family movie which also happens to be the best movie Adam Sandler has made in years.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The print looks very good throughout without any apparent issues. Colors are vibrant and carry pop which brings out the fine details. The detailed scenes stand out very well. Blacks are deep. I found the print to be crystal clear with no artifacts or print damage. The animated guinea pigs fit in very well with the live action scenes which is what Diseny does well. Overall, this is a fairly impressive print from Diseny.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is not an audio mix that you will go in expecting huge things from the soundfield as it is primarily a dialogue driven film. The dialogue is clean and clear through the center channel with no apparent issues. During the fantasy scenes the rears do get usage during when sound effects are present providing a decent amount of effects in the soundfield. I was rather happy with the way the film sounded considering that this was more of a dialogue centric film.
Audio Quality: 8.5/10
- “To All The Little People Featurette” – Behind-the Scenes [HD]
- “Until Gravity Do Us Part” Featurette [HD]
- “It’s Bugsy Featurette” – Featurette on the guinea pigs used in the film [HD]
- “Laughter Is Contagious” – Bloopers Reel [HD]
- “Cutting Room Floor” – A total of 12 deleted scenes [HD]
- “Disney BD-Live Enabled”
- “Digital Copy”
- “Bedtime Stories DVD Version”
All features are presented in high definition. Disney yet again one ups themselves on Blu-ray with offering this release as a 3 disc set with the main features and extras on disc one, a second disc as the digital copy, and the third disc being the DVD version of the film.
Special Features: 8.5/10
The Final Word
While this film is not original in concept, it is a rather enjoyable film that the whole family could enjoy. The audio and video on Blu-ray enjoyable. Disney has become one of the pioneers in the high definition world with Blu-ray offering 3-disc sets and a decent amount of extras in high definition. I highly recommend this film for fans of Adam Sandler and parents looking to watch a film with their children that is not vulgar.
Overall Rating: 8/10
Review by: George Theofanopoulos