New on Blu-ray: Valentine’s Day

New on Blu-ray: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the definition of celebrity-powered blockbuster, as it stars almost every actor under 40 that’s graced the cover of a magazine in the last two years. Stories crisscross, collide and ricochet in this look at a day in the life of love. There’s a proposal; undelivered flowers; a secret revealed; a surprise that […]

Valentine’s Day is the definition of celebrity-powered blockbuster, as it stars almost every actor under 40 that’s graced the cover of a magazine in the last two years.

Stories crisscross, collide and ricochet in this look at a day in the life of love. There’s a proposal; undelivered flowers; a secret revealed; a surprise that backfires; kisses; and fights. Whether love is beginning, ending or renewing, this film features it.

The links between the characters and their tales is believable enough (because if social networking has taught us anything, it’s that the world is smaller than we think), but there is the occasional stretch. The characters do not, however, develop into three-dimensional beings with full personalities; instead they remain stunted, only developing as far as their section of the story requires.

With so many in-demand actors on the roster, it is no surprise that the quality of each person’s performance is high; though the level playing field prevents any over-shadowing. The questionable inclusions may be the teen storylines (and coincidentally the actors that play them out), which is obvious pandering to the adolescent market. Nonetheless, the absurdity of the Taylors’ (Lautner and Swift) relationship is amusing in that familiar way.

Special features include: commentary by director Garry Marshall; the stars confessing their Valentine’s Day stories; “The Garry Factor” featurette; a blooper reel; Jewel’s music video for “Stay Here Forever”; and a digital copy.