ghostspastbluStudio: Warner Bros.
Year: 2009
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Run time: 100 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD25/1 DVD
Region: A

Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner and directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), Ghost of Girlfriends Past seems to be lacking some of the chemistry we have seen from the stars in similar romantic comedies, but is still entertaining and worth a watch. McConaughey plays a womanizer named Conner Mead far from settling down who is forced to take a Christmas Caroltype journey through girlfriends of his past, present and future while attending his brother’s wedding weekend. Jenny (Garner) is the childhood sweetheart and longstanding object of his affection. Will he be able to grow up and admit his love for Jenny before the weekend is over, or will he continue his manwhore ways and lose her forever? Although McConaughey and Garner both tread familiar territory, they’re so good at it that you don’t mind. Some of the best scenes in the movie involve Michael Douglas, who is perfect as Conner’s dead uberwomanizing mentor Uncle Wayne, and Lacey Chabert, who is also hilarious as the stressed out bridetobe. Yes, it’s predictable and cheesy, but it has some real moments and provides laughsand that is exactly what a romantic comedy is for.

Fashion photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is a typical ladies’ man and playboy – the kind of jerk who breaks up with three women simultaneously via a computer conference call. And yet the girls love him, clamoring to be the next one-night-stand. He’s invited by his brother Paul (Breckin Meyer) to Paul and Sandra’s (Lacey Chabert) wedding, against the advice of Connor’s childhood sweetheart Jenny Perotti (Jennifer Garner) and everyone familiar with his scandalous ways. She once had hopes for him, but Connor didn’t want his meaningless but exciting short-lived sexual relationships to be hindered by feelings. He’s like the Tin Man – born without a heart.

Mead owes his attitude primarily to his mentor Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), a now deceased lady-killer legend who notoriously hosted mind-numbing, clothing optional, week-long orgies in his house – he also invented the word “MILF.” Through the careful tutoring of Wayne, Connor has grown up to believe love is a magical comfort food for the weak and uneducated – forever condemning a fruitful relationship with Jenny. But his theories on love are destined to change when the ghost of Uncle Wayne returns to warn him of his wicked ways, along with visits by the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Present and Future.
Movie Quality: 5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The film is very colorful throughout. Colors are vibrant carrying a more natural color palette. Blacks are also very strong and deep. With strong colors and deep blacks, it brings out the fine details. Details are very good. Fleshtones also look very natural. The print is as clean as a whistle with a very pristine look.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.Dialogue through the center channel is very clean and crisp. The music on this soundtrack is what mainly pushed the audio in the soundfield. The rears do get some action when music would play or the use of any effects.
Audio Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • Behind the Scenes: How the creators wove past, present and future [HD]
  • It’s All About Connor: Get the dope on the real Matthew McConaughey from Jennifer Garner, Lacey Chabert, and Anne Archer [HD]
  • The Legends, the Lessons, and the Ladies: Matthew McConaughey and Michael Douglas compare notes on playing screen ladies’ men [HD]
  • Additional scenes and exclusive features via BDLive
  • Digital Copy

All special features are presented in High Definition as it should be with films on Blu-ray.
Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

This take on ‘A Christmas Carol’ is nothing like what I remember. Matthew McConaughey has been on a slump the last few years releasing plenty lackluster titles which aren’t helping his career at all. On Blu-ray this film looks and sounds good, fans will not be disappointed.
Overall Rating: 8/10