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Unforgettable Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this drama thriller about a woman that sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband's new fiancée.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Warner - 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Whitney Cummings, Sarah Burns
Directed by: Denise Di Novi
Music by: Toby Chu
Written by: Christina Hodson
Region Code: A

Release Date: July 25, 2017

"When Love Ends Madness Begins"

My Take:

Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

I find that with drama thrillers surrounding love triangles/spurned lovers it is essential that the elements contained within the story allow us to identify with it on a level that successfully draws us in prior to unleashing the series of events that will eventually lead to the ending that we all know is coming. I didn’t have that experience with Unforgettable. This is a decidedly contrived film, beginning with the paint by the numbers script which includes a series of been there and done that encounters and a ridiculous ending that drops in like a kick in the teeth, even after you’ve spent the past 99 minutes rolling your eyes. I am a Rosario Dawson fan, but this role was beneath her, and she should have passed. Katherine Heigl was fine, but again, there was nothing here that made her performance interesting. The remaining members of the cast add little to the proceedings. At 100 minutes, this film just seemed to drag on as its palpably unauthentic narrative resulted in a lackluster genre entry that is just plain “forgettable”.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for sexual content, violence, some language, and brief partial nudity.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Unforgettable comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.

This film looks excellent on Blu-ray and features glossy high definition video quality that exhibit high level detail, refining sharpness and pleasing definition that brings out the lifelike textures captured by the camera’s lens. Dimensional perspective has a near infinite appeal as close ups are noticeably revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid-level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. Colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the remaining spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are rendered with vivid tonality and discerning complexional depiction. Blacks are gradational and deep which makes them pop during sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure in backgrounds. All in all this is a great looking presentation.

The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however reproduces the source elements with aplomb. Dialog has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. There are a few sequences that engage the entire system to briefly produce entertaining and room filling sound. This comes in the form of low frequency effects, atmospheric ambience/directional sounds and musical enhancement. This soundtrack isn’t demonstration worthy but for a comedy it readily delivers a satisfying listening experience that didn’t leave me disappointed.

Bonus Features:
  • Reclaiming What’s Yours: Making Unforgettable
  • Deleted Scene
  • Director’s Audio Commentary
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Unforgettable is a romance/drama/thriller that brings nothing original to the table, and winds up a contrived, flavorless, and ultimate ineffective genre entry. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, gratifying lossless sound and a lackluster supplemental set. Unforgettable is typical fodder for undiscerning genre fans, and is best left for viewing on late night cable TV.

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So you're saying it was . . . forgettable?
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I heard this was so bad on so many levels from so many different sources. One review I listened to said that it was hard to tell whether Katherine Hiegl was even taking the movie seriously or not.

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Oh she most definitely did and fits her limited and fading talent.

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