Paramount, in its never-ending battle (along with the other studios) to make money off of movies they’ve already released, is re-releasing How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 25, 2009. The movie, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as two opposing forces each trying to break the other, was an entertaining little romantic comedy when it came out, though it never quite lived up to expectations.
Though the people who really liked the movie probably own it by now – or if they don’t they can buy the original 2003 version for less than $2.00 on Amazon (hint hint) – Paramount is hoping that its new special features will entice some suckers to boost their bottom line.
Don’t be fooled!
This new Deluxe Edition DVD that Paramount is releasing only comes with a couple of new special features, and they are some of the lamest special features ever witnessed. Even worse, many of the features from the original DVD are missing, making me wonder what exactly is required to earn a Deluxe Edition label?
Included on the disc are some uninteresting deleted scenes, a music video by Keith Urban and commentary by director Donald Petrie, all of which were included in the 2003 version. The new additions are the five-minute Girls Night Out featurette, which looks at the authors of the story as they ask themselves whether they’ve followed their book’s own advice; a Why the Sexes Battle featurette, which examines the psychological differences between men and women in a way that no one cares about; and How to Make a Movie in 2 Years, a featurette that, from the title, one would assume is a lengthy, detailed examination of pre-production, production and post-production, but instead is a 16-minute, superficial bunch of interviews with the authors, producers and writers that discuss how challenging it can be to make romantic comedies. The only factoid to come of this is that the writer actually believes that to make a romantic comedy unique, all you have to do is modify the third act a bit. Wow.
The new featurettes included on this disc are so dumb they’re actually painful to watch. Seriously, if you want to buy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, go spend $2.00 on Amazon for the original version and let Paramount take a hit. Maybe it will teach them a lesson, but I doubt it.