Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The 40-Year-Old-Virgin Blu-ray Review

The 40-Year-Old Virgin Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video
The 40-Year-Old-Virgin comes to Blu-ray with 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer. The film looks quite decent, although not amazing. The colors are quite good, although the transfer fails to pop overall. Detail was quite good, very very impressive at times, especially close-ups. The title does not scream high definition, but it is certainly a step up from the DVD version, and overall pleasing. 6.5/10.

Audio
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is included, and quite good when considering the extremely dialogue driven film. Dialogue is the most important part of the film, and it sounded very clear. Club scenes managed to make a decent use of the surround speakers, although nothing amazing. The audio on the DVD was weak, and the Blu-ray provides a nice improvement, although the film still does not sound perfect, I was certainly satisfied with it, it's reached the point where it really could not have sounded better. 7/10.

Extras
Deleted Scenes (Available with commentary) (27:31) (SD)
The First Time (Available with commentary) (5:02) (SD)
Tales From The Stock Room (Available with commentary) (5:29) (SD)
'You Know How I Know Your Gay?' (Available with commentary) (5:31) (SD)
Date-A-Palooza (9:18) (SD)
Line-O-Rama (6:20) (SD)
Gag Reel (4:35) (SD)
Judd's Video Diaries (20:46) (SD)
Waxing Doc (3:31) (SD)
My Dinner With Stormy (2:08) (SD)
Raw Footage (19:23) (SD)
Poker Game Rehearsal (5:12) (SD)
Auditions (7:33) (SD)
Comedy Central: Reel Comedy Roundtable (21:08) (SD)
Cinemax/Finalcut: The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (12:44) (SD)
1970s Sex Ed Film (5:26) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:33) (SD)
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director/Co-Writer Judd Apatow, Actor/Co-Writer Steve Carell and Cast
Picture-in-Picture Track (Extended Version Only)
My Scenes

Extras were packed, and presented in standard defintion. The extras are quite hilarious, from many deleted scenes, to behind-the-scenes. The Picture-in-Picture track was quite decent, providing a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews into one track, mostly taken from the extras available. Auditions were also quite entertaining, to be honest it was all very funny. The commentary track was great for the most part, despite them always talking, sometimes over each other. Fans of the film will definitely be pleased with the supplements package. 8/10.

Blu-news Summary
Both cuts of the film are included, and I personally enjoyed the theatrical version a bit better. I loved the movie either way, but felt the extended version added too much that just wasn't entertaining. The video presentation is quite decent, and a definite step up from the DVD version. The audio is good considering the source and genre of the film, it was never meant to sound amazing. The extras are definitely packed, and were all very funny. The 40 Year Old Virgin is 'Recommended.'

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