The Wedding Singer

Reviewed by Van T. Tran

Platinum Series DVD

New Line, widescreen 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced, pan&scan, languages: English & French (DD 5.1), subtitles: English, Spanish, French, double side-single layer, scene selections-24 chapters, rated PG-13, 93 min., $24.95, street date 8/25/98.


  • 5 80's Karaoke Songs
  • 80's Music Mania
  • Biographies/Filmographies
  • Wedding Album Photo Gallery

Studio Line

Directed by Frank Coraci. Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Angela Featherstone, Matthew Glave, Alexis Arquette, Ellen Albertini Dow.

It's 1985 and Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is the ultimate master of ceremonies...until he is left at the altar at his own wedding. Devastated, he becomes a newlywed's worst nightmare - an entertainer who can do nothing but destroy other people's weddings. It's not until he meets a warm-hearted waitress named Julia (Drew Barrymore) that he starts to pick up the pieces of his heart. The only problem is Julia is about to marry a stooge, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a lifetime, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

Picture/Sound/Extra (A/B+/B-)

With Waterboy currently throwing stiff arm and high stepping the competitions at the box office to the tune of nearly $100 millions, Adam Sandler might very well be on his way to the exclusive $20 millions actors club that is reserved with the like of Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey. The stellar rise couldn't have happened so quickly without The Wedding Singer, which broadened Sandler's appeal to a much wider audiences. I wouldn't be surprised that much of the gains were through the home release as I've discovered on laserdisc and now on this wonderful DVD from New Line.

The DVD release includes extra features that added more entertainment values than the laserdisc. The highlight are those 5 cheesy karaoke songs that I just bellowed out till my heart contend. Didn't know how supreme my vocals were until I hit those high notes on Hold Me Now and sent family and friends bolting out of the room. Other features include a Music Mania challenge that would be more engaging if the quizzes were in multiple choice. The Wedding Album Gallery contains snapshots that you can get by freeze framing during the movie, so I see no value in that. The biographies are excellent and include quite a number of cast and crew.

Once again, New Line continues to amaze me with their transfers. The wedding scenes provided ample opportunity to display bright, cheerful colors that show up extremely well. Color rendition is solid and contain no chroma noise whatsoever. Images display excellent details and depth with no signs of digital artifact. Fleshtones are clearly defined and reach radiance when Drew Barrymore flashes those adorable smiles. The picture is perfectly framed at 1.85:1 with a pan and scan version on the opposite side.

If you channel surf cable on late night, chances are you've come across those infomercials advertising '80s songs on a large collection. Do you want to relive those memories? Well, given that The Wedding Singer is set in the mid-80s, the soundtrack is populated by music from the era. Personally, I think those songs are a blast. The Dolby Digital soundtrack produces good fidelity from the breezy tunes to metal rocks with large soundstage on the band performances. The wedding parties provided a festive environment that generates exciting ambience and surround activities. Just don't expect any wild directional effect or booming bass. But an overall kicking soundtrack to be sure.

The movie is an ultimate indulgence in sweetness. The two lead characters are written to be so good and decent that everyone around them seems either odd or lacking certain qualities. The screenplay is simple and complete with a fairy tale ending. I don't consider that as giving away the spoiler because within the first ten minutes of the film, you know that Robbie and Julia will fall in love and live happily-ever-after. Yet, the movie manages to hold my attention due to the lighthearted spirit. I enjoyed the '80s mocking references and two hilarious guest appearances by Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz. For Adam Sandler, it is a surprising departure of the wisecracker that he is adapted to play since Saturday Night Live to a very likable guy. Drew Barrymore is adorably cute and stunning as never before. Not stunning like a model, but like the girl-next-door. Except that none of my neighbors look like that of course.

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