Simply Irresistible is an average romantic comedy headlined by then starlet Sarah Michelle Gellar who was at the height of her fame from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and to some extent, I Know What You Did Last Summer; but even though Gellar is charming, the rest of the movie falls flat.
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Anchor Bay Entertainment | PG13 – 96 min. – $17.99 | May 28, 2013
Directed by: Mark Tarlov
Writer(s): Judith Roberts (written by)
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flannery, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker
Theatrical Release Date: February 5, 1999
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 19.5 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Plot Outline: Sometimes, the most powerful magic of all is the kind that comes straight from the heart. Beautiful restaurant owner Amanda Shelton (SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR) is falling head over heels for handsome, hard-driving executive Tom Bartlett (SEAN PATRICK FLANNERY). Unfortunately, Tom is too busy to recognize that she’s truly the girl of his dreams… until Amanda puts him under her tantalizing spell.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
No features have been included and there’s not even a menu; the movie begins playing after the FBI Warning and Anchor Bay logo.
VIDEO – 2.75/5
Simply Irresistible fixes its spell onto Blu-ray presented with its original 2.35 aspect ratio and a spotty 1080p high-def transfer. As with Best Laid Plans (a movie also released in ’99), this one has dust marks and scratches throughout and while the detail levels are at best average, it’s hard to escape the flaws. The color array isn’t too bad and the black levels are moderately decent but comparatively, it’s not a huge improvement over its DVD counterpart.
AUDIO – 2.25/5
If I didn’t see it on my receiver, I would’ve sworn this Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track was actually a mono one instead. While the front and rear speakers get a workout through the late 1990s soundtrack, the rest of the audio was strictly front-loaded and even there it sometimes was muffled, although I suspect it has more to do with the production sound than anything specifically with the transfer.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, Simply Irresistible is an average romantic comedy headlined by then starlet Sarah Michelle Gellar who was at the height of her fame from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and to some extent, I Know What You Did Last Summer; but even though Gellar is charming, the rest of the movie falls flat. The Blu-ray itself doesn’t have much to offer with no features (not even a menu) and average audio/video transfers.