The Good

If you like Matthew McConaughey then this collection is for you.

The Bad

At it's core this is simply a repackaged collection of Matthew McConaughey movies for Valentine's Day.

The Matthew McConaughey Collection is a 3 film assortment of some of this actor's varying body of work. This set features the actor in the following films:

- Failure to Launch

- Sahara

- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Failure to Launch focuses on the phenomenon of men (myself included) who are probably to old be living with their parents. McConaughey plays Tripp, a guy who can move out, he probably should move out but he hasn't. So his parents hire an interventionist (Sarah Jessica Parker) and as you can guess, a relationship starts to bloom but it's all shrouded in secrecy.

As Dirk Pitt in Sahara, McConaughey finds himself in Africa trying to stay alive and keep others alive amidst a vast and expansive treasure hunt.

Lastly, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days pits Ben (McConaughey) up against Andie (Kate Hudson) in this battle of the sexes with a twist. Ben wants the job in his advertising company of courting a diamond account. Andie wants to write an important article about how women can easily dump men. In a twist of fate, these two end up together and the games are on.

Features

As this is a DVD set of previously released films, I decided not to review any of the bonus features on the discs.

Video

Widescreen. These movies all looked decent even though, except for Sahara, the camerawork is pretty mundane. The DVD transfers for all the films were solid but I couldn't help wondering if there had been a backlog of these DVDs, and Paramount was just trying to get rid of them by putting this set together. Then again, McConaughey is considered the Sexiest Man Alive or something like that so with Valentine's Day around the corner this set more than makes sense.

Audio

Dolby Digital. Nothing too special to remark about as far as the audio is concerned, but that certainly doesn't mean that it's bad. The sound, like the images, isn't anything that special and it is cued to go for certain emotions. The music is as contemporary as possible when setting up the stories (we're supposed to believe this stuff, remember?), and then as the characters development, the audio tries to accompany that as best it can. While I wasn't blown away, I did take notice of how these soundtracks seem almost scientifically calibrated.

Package

All three of these DVDs are packaged into a slipcase that features different shots of Matthew McConaughey from different films. The main shot on this cover looks like something from People Magazine. The back features a description of this set as well as cast lists, more pictures, and technical specs from each film. The packaging is of the digipack variety and it keeps everything neatly stored here.

Final Word

Okay, I am going to use this section to make a confession, I love How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. There is no real explanation other then I was living in a hotel in New Jersey, and this movie was on about every other day. I basically never left my room (except for work) and I just worked on my animated movie (1985-1986), and it seemed like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was always on in the background. One thing led to another and I knew this film backwards and forwards and I had a new respect for that Carly Simon song that's so prominent in the film.

Lastly, it is easy to see why women and men love Matthew McConaughey. He's a good looking guy but he's also a man's man. He has a presence and he never seems like he is just phoning in a role. While I don't know that I would call any of the movies in this set a great film, it is easy to see why a mass audience would like them. They are funny, somewhat clever and things always end up right in the end.

How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days was released February 7, 2003.