A Silver Linings Playbook DVD Review

How do I start this review? How do I write the rest of it? The subject is Silver Linings Playbook, but not the movie. This review is about the DVD, and DVD reviews can only go so far. I’ve never been interested in going on and on about how good the video quality or audio clarity is, because after all, 99% of people don’t give a damn, especially when the movie is a drama-comedy.

And this isn’t just any drama-comedy. This is Silver Linings Playbook we’re talking about (err, writing about), which you have never heard of because it was only nominated for eight Academy Awards and really only won one, with adorably-hot-and-irresistible-damn-you-Bradley-Cooper Jennifer Lawrence tripping on her way to the podium to accept her rightfully deserved Oscar for Best Actress.

So, I could go on and on about how good the movie is or how wonderful the video transfer looks (I didn’t pay attention, but I’m sure it’s great), but instead I’ll bore you with details about the bonus features which really should have no bearing on whether you end up buying this movie, because of course you’re going to buy this movie because it was one of the best movies of 2012.

Sorry for saying “movie” so many times. SEO, you know.

The Silver Linings Playbook DVD, which presumably has less bonus features than the Blu-ray, comes with a whole bunch of deleted scenes – some funny, some dramatic, most deserving of the cutting room floor – and a featurette that has the cast and crew going on about how awesome their movie is, because their movie is pretty awesome. Valuable insight? Not so much. Lots of talking about how awesome their movie is? Oh yeah.

There’s also a small feature about the dance rehearsals between are-they-or-aren’t-they couple Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which is pretty useless except it gives another opportunity to stare at Jennifer Lawrence shaking her ass in yoga pants. Oh, and there’s another feature that shows Bradley Cooper using a steadicam. Easily one of the most pointless bonus features you will ever watch in the history of bonus features.

The deleted scenes are worth checking out, but really, just buy Silver Linings Playbook because it’s Silver Linings Playbook. Because you sure as hell aren’t going to buy it to see Bradley Cooper carrying a steadicam for ten seconds.

By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Comedies, Drama Movies, DVD Releases, Movie Reviews, Romance Movies
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