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Mamma Mia! BD impressions


If you don’t like Mamma Mia!, you’re a miserable git. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Well, okay, I’m not pushing for a law to be passed forbidding any negative criticism of this deliriously-stupid-and-actually-a-bit-crap-but-still-outrageously-entertaining musical, but personally I had a great time, and I’m usually pretty cynical when it comes to stuff like this. For the record, I can’t say I have an opinion on Abba one way or the other, so listening to a bunch of Hollywood A-listers massacring their greatest hits was no skin off my nose. I will say this thing, however: listening to Pierce Brosnan attempting to sing is quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve witnessed so far this year. You have been warned.

On to the BD, and the look of the video can best be described as “inconsistent”. “Processed” is another adjective that springs to mind, as is “baked”, at least as far as the flesh tones are concerned. The film’s look is obviously deliberately stylised, and I suspect that all the flaws are the result of tinkering at the DI stage rather than any foulplay when the BD transfer was created. The look varies wildly on a shot by shot basis, with some looking quite natural indeed, with a nice amount of inherent film grain, and others looking scrubbed beyond the point of recognition. Our old friend the airbrush crops up on several occasions… well, basically every time Meryl Streep appears in close-up (look under her eyes - oh my!). Poor old Meryl is not the only victim, though - the youthful Amanda Seyfried gets the same treatment on occasions, and at times the whole screen appear to have been molested. It’s not exactly The Counterfeiters, is it? 7/10

Mamma Mia!
studio: Universal; country: UK; region code: ABC; codec: VC-1;
file size: 29.2 GB; average bit rate (including audio): 38.50 Mbit/sec

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Posted: Friday, April 03, 2009 at 10:39 PM | Comments: 5
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Music | Technology



Yes, I'm a miserable git. I absolutely loathe Abba, and I've been avoiding this like the plague.

If it involved some cast members being cannibalised, I might have been interested. After all, that worked so well with Sweeney Todd.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, April 5, 2009 8:28 AM


ABBA can be somewhat tolerated on a superficial level but the pain never ends.

Beware however of nosebleeds.

Posted by: avanze, April 5, 2009 2:09 PM


I LOVE Abba so needless to say I despised the film. Then again it's not really a musical for Abba fans.

I wonder why they have not adapted the excellent 1980s musical that was actually written by Abba: Chess.

Posted by: Marcus, April 5, 2009 3:58 PM


I LOVE Abba so needless to say I despised the film. Then again it’s not really a musical for Abba fans.

In which case the Baron might conversely end up actually liking it? :D Erm, maybe not…

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, April 5, 2009 4:02 PM


It's a musical for the "I kind of like Abba songs when they occasionally pop into the radio but I wouldn't bother purchasing their albums" crowd. Therefore a part of me always sinks when watching Mamma Mia! and realizing Benny and Bjorn treated their songs as being so cheap and disposable to the point of being there just as excuses to have their characters perform it.

I for once would have used Abba's music for a much darker tale, a murder mystery perhaps?

Posted by: Marcus, April 7, 2009 4:55 PM

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