Home Again Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this modern romantic comedy about love, family, and new beginnings, as a recently separated, single mother of two, navigates life.

The Review at a Glance:
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85

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 97 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy

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 DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolfe, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergin, Lake Bell
Written & Directed by: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Music by: John Debney
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: December 12, 2017

“Starting Over is not for Beginners”



My Take:

Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand.

Written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Home Again is a passable romantic comedy built around a noticeably formulaic premise that turns the tables on stereotypical relationships between older/younger people. Trite as it may be there is a charming aspect to the story which is found in the established relationship between Alice, George, Teddy, and Harry, as a group. The romance between Alice and Harry doesn’t work. This isn’t due to the inability to find it possible, but, because there is a lack of proper development, and zero chemistry between Witherspoon and Pico Alexander.

I mean at just over ninety minutes there simply isn’t enough time to flesh out all of the plot points contained in the script. I like Reese Witherspoon and can generally tolerate anything she is in. The same goes for Lake Bell, although her part wasn’t meaty enough to matter. It was good to see Candace Bergin, but Michael Sheen was completely miscast and essentially detracted from every scene he was in. Home Again isn’t a bad film, occasionally allowing you to momentarily get caught up in its subtly cheesy escapism. When all was said and done, both my wife and I didn’t feel as though we had just wasted an evening.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for some thematic and sexual material.

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: 80
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Home Again comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.

This is pleasing video presentation that boasts plenty of refinement, stable contrast, deeply saturated colors, and strong dimension. Blacks are punchy and stand out when onscreen with mixed content. Visual perspective in low lighting and darkened areas is estimable. The combination gives dark scenes appreciable depth. Images are boldly colorful, film like and perfectly suited for the source material.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has good dynamic range, detail rich clarity and discernible channel separation which enable the detection of subtle nuance within the recording. Dialog is firmly planted in the center channel which clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and tonal balance within the front soundstage. Low frequency effects aren’t noteworthy but the subwoofer works in tandem with the rest of the system to appropriately convey the low-level bass associated with the music score/soundtrack.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature Length Commentary with Writer/Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and Producer Nancy Myers
  • Digital HD Copy
  • Bonus DVD

Final Thoughts:

Written and Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer Home Again is a somewhat bland romantic comedy that manages to strike enough formulaic chords to prove mildly entertaining. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound and a dismal supplemental package. Home Again doesn’t qualify for blind purchase consideration, but isn’t a bad choice for a rental on date night.

Ralph Potts
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