Thursday, January 29, 2009

Zack And Miri Blu-ray Review

Zack And Miri Make A Porno Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 43.3 GB
Film Size: 23.2 GB
Film Rating: R

Zack And Miri comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The high-def presentation is nothing short of stunning. Detail is top notch, and colors are rich and vibrant. Detail was very nice, from pores to clothing, it all just pops. Black levels are also very nice, and rarely did a scene not look impressive. There are very small portions of the film that are filmed with a standard definition camera, to give a view from the cheap camera Zack and Miri used for the sex scenes. Other than that this presentation is sure to impress. 9/10.

The 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track included was very nice, and surpassed my expectations. yes the film is extremely dialogue heavy, like the majority of comedies. That doesn't stop it from providing a great high-def audio experience. The film's music is quite aggressive during specific scenes, and the film's small effects sounded quite nice as well. Dialogue was front and center at all times, and was always clear. It's not going to amaze, but it's certainly pleasing. 8/10.

Popcorn Porn: The Making Of Zack And Miri (1:14:48) (SD)
Deleted Scenes (1:35:02) (HD)
Money Shots: A Series Of Webisodes (Introduction by Kevin Smith & Seth Rogen) (47:44) (SD)
Comic-Con 2008 (23:09) (SD)
Gang Bang: Outtakes, At-Libs And Bloopers (13:00) (SD)
Seth vs. Justin: Battle For Improvisational Supremacy - Part 1 (7:24) (SD)
BD-Live (Feature not available yet)

We get quite a few extras, and they are all actually very entertaining. The Making of talks about casting, what the cast thought about each other, Kevin Smith's thoughts and much more. Deleted scenes are all in high-definition, and funny too. Money Shots is a hilarious series of Webisodes featuring the cast, I really enjoyed this extra.
Comic-Con 2008 features footage from the event, featuring questions from the audience to Kevin Smith, as well as the cast. Gang Bang Outtakes is a collection of bloopers, prepare to laugh. Seth vs. Justin is also a nice little extra, BD-Live has yet to go live, but expect there to be a list of Weinstein Blu-ray titles (current and upcoming) as well as a survey option. 7/10.

Blu-news Summary
Zack And Miri is a very funny film, with quite a bit of replay value. The humor is nothing unique, although I did find it very entertaining. Elizabeth Banks does an awesome job as Miri, and Seth Rogen manages to be the same character he always is. There are even small appearances from Justin Long, as well as Brandon Routh. The film is quite adult in nature and content, so if nudity or sexual conversation isn't something you want to see in a film, I would avoid this one, although it probably is no big deal if you are reading this review.

The Blu-ray release is fantastic, and top notch in every category. We have an impressive video presentation, a surprising audio experience, as well as quite the amount of extra content. Zack And Miri is certainly not for everyone, but to those interested It's certainly 'Recommended.'

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