Stop the pressesa Judd Apatow film I actually enjoyed watching! Surprisingly, it has some likablealthough somewhat over-the-topcharacters, which is a rarity in his other productions. The premise is decent, but the implausible hookup of the hot Heigl and the not-so-hot Rogan is a stretch. Also, the run time of 129 minutes (133 for the unrated version) is a bit much for a comedy, and some fine-tuned editing could have gone a long way.
The AVC encode is solid with above-average detailonly the occasional scene or two borders on soft. Color saturation is exemplary, especially compared to other Apatow productions, but the flesh tones waver between a greenish and reddish tone, which was the same on the HD DVD. The edge enhancement that plagued The 40-Year-Old Virgin is nowhere to be foundthankfully!
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack provides clear and concise dialog firmly rooted in the center speaker. Dynamics are surprisingly strong for a romantic comedy, especially during the earthquake scene, which rattled the windows in my own homea little too realistic for this Californian! The surround channels provide some minor ambience and are rarely noticed.
A bevy of bonus features grace the BD50 disc, including an audio commentary with Judd Apatow, Seth Rogan, and Bill Hader, deleted/extended scenes, a BonusView PIP U-Control feature, and a boatload of other features too numerous to list. Regrettably, the supplements are in standard definition.
When my only complaint about an Apatow movie is the extended run time, that says a lot! The presentation is above-average and worthy of a rental just to see Katherine Heigl in HD.
Release Date: September 30, 2008
Movie: 7 out of 10
Picture: 8 out of 10
Sound: 8 out of 10
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