Review: Couples Retreat Blu-ray

Couples Retreat Blu-ray boxSTUDIO: Universal | DIRECTOR: Peter Billingsley | CAST: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis
RELEASE DATE: 2/9/2010 | PRICE: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $36.98
BONUSES: deleted scenes, alternate ending, gag reel, featurettes, commentary
SPECS: PG-13 | 113 min. | Comedy | 1:85:1 | Dolby Digital, DTS-HD | English, French, Spanish subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

Couples Retreat movie scene with Vince VaughnWith a script written by Vince Vaughn (The Dilemma), Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2) and What Happens In Vegas‘ Dana Fox, it’s no wonder that Couples Retreat is a laughfest. On Blu-ray, the crystal clear blue of the Polynesian waters won’t matter nearly as much as the fact that this cast delivers funny.

Grossing $109 million in theaters, Couples Retreat follows four couples at a couple-building retreat, each with their own relationship issues.

Favreau and Vaughn also star, along with movie wives Kristin Davis (Sex and the City 2) and Malin Akerman (Watchmen), respectively. Funny man Jason Bateman (The Switch) is paired with When in Rome‘s Kristen Bell, and Faizon Love (The Perfect Holiday) searches for love with relatively unknown Kali Hawk (Pushing Thirty).

The Blu-ray has the same special features as the DVD, with more laughs to be had in the gag reel and “Therapy’s Greatest Hits” featurette, in which John Michael Higgins (The Ugly Truth), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and the other resort therapists are turned loose.

Two other featurettes are included (“Paradise Found: Filming in Bora Bora” and “Behind the Yoga”) as well as commentary with Vaughn and director Peter Billingsley. Plus, there’s an alternate ending that shows the couples returning home. It’s nice to watch, but as goofy as the movie’s ending is, we prefer it.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.