Anyone But You Blu-ray review

Mar 14, 2024- Permalink

Though romantic comedies used to roam the cinemas like dinosaurs roamed the Earth, in the last few years rom-coms have generally been found only on streaming services. I have to imagine that star Sydney Sweeney had something to do with this getting a theatrical release, as her presence probably had guys begging their girlfriends to go see this on the big screen. The film stars Sweeney and Glen Powell, whose characters once had a first date that fizzled out. Finding themselves at a destination wedding between her sister and his friend, the various rom-com tropes have them pretending to be a couple. Writer/director Will Gluck takes some inspiration from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and we get to see if the insults flying between Sweeney and Powell actually spark something greater in a romantic comedy spiced up with a bit of raunchy laughs. The cast also includes Alexandra Shipp, GaTa, Hadley Robinson, Michelle Hurd, Dermot Mulroney, Darren Barnet, Bryan Brown, and Rachel Griffiths. Sony has now released the film on Blu-ray and I had a chance to take a look.

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The 1080p AVC encoded digital transfer is presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The movie was shot digitally in 4K and the downscaled Blu-ray transfer looks great, with amazing clarity and a dazzling colour palette that complements the tropical location. Black levels are deep and there’s good detail in shadows and darker scenes. Digital noise and compression artifacts are absent.

On the audio side of things, you have the choice of English, French, and Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available for English, English SDH, Cantonese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Korean, Spanish, and Thai. As a romantic comedy, the mix is pretty front-heavy, with the surrounds being used for some of the score and ambient sounds. Dialogue is clear and centred.

The Blu-ray for Anyone But You does come with a digital code, though once again that option is missing in the Canadian version. The extras are pretty standard EPK featurettes, some deleted scenes, and bloopers.

Anyone But You combines the standard rom-com tropes with some raunchy humour and occasional brief nudity, so this isn’t a movie for the whole family. Powell and Sweeney handle the chores okay and are obvious eye candy. If you’re huge fans of them or rom-coms in general, you might want to add this Blu-ray to your collection.