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He's Just Not That Into You
Warner Home Video
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Movie: BD-25 (x1) BD-J
Based on the popular bestseller from Sex and the City scribes Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirty-somethings navigate their various relationships.
The picture quality was good and free of any annoying artifacts or other issues. While it didn't pop out at you and scream "HD" it didn't have the softness that comes with standard definition DVDs.
The Dolby TrueHD lossless audio soundtrack is good, but the movie doesn't lend itself to being good audio (or video) demo material. The 5.1-channel soundtrack is very front-heavy with very little surround activity, and then only in the club scenes (naturally). That being said, I'm still glad to see a lossless soundtrack, as every Blu-ray disc should offer the best audio options possible.
I like to see the theatrical trailer included with movies, so I was disappointed that one was not included here. Sure, it's in the BD-Live section (more on that later), but that windowboxed, stereo, SD content is a poor substitute.
Baltimore Blade: The Relationship Issue is a set of featurettes that interviews the characters of the movie (in character) in a sort of documentary fashion. It's mildly entertaining, so if you enjoyed the movie and the cast of characters, this series of clips will extend that enjoyment just a little further.
Six Words that Make Up a Film is more your typical background video where the principals of the movie talk about how they came up with the ideas for the movie and some of the cast and crew gush over each other's approach and/or contributions. It's an OK video clip, but not especially interesting.
The Director Stages a Scene: Duet for Telephones, on the other hand, allows director Kevin Kwapis show how he orchestrated a phone conversation between two of the characters. It's only four minutes long, but it adds to the appreciation of some of the subtle cues in just one of the scenes that shows that even the smallest things can contribute to the art of making a movie. While I don't think that Roger Ebert will be a doing a frame-by-frame analysis any time soon (a la Casablanca), it's interesting nonetheless.
The deleted scenes can be viewed with or without the commentary by the director. None of these scenes were critical to the movie, so I can see why they might have been dropped to keep the movie going and trim the running time.
The BD-Live section connects to the Warner Bros. BD-Live server pretty quickly, but there isn't much to see on the release date of this title. Aside from the usual WB content (as well as the "Coming Soon" features that have been coming soon for quite some time), there is a single item in the "Extras" section; a short video featuring Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, and Kevin Connolly trying to reassure guys that it's OK to see this movie because it doesn't have any of the top 10 cliches supposedly in most "chick flicks." Some of them are funny, some are lame, so the clip is pretty disposable.
The "Trailers" section of the BD-Live section contains trailers for a wide variety of Warner Bros. movies, including one for this movie. Unfortunately, the video and audio quality of these downloadable items is poor when compared to the HD content on the disc. The only redeeming feature is that the videos load quickly, so that is something, but you'll experience better quality and a wider variety of content by going online to services like Hulu, Quicktime's site, or so many other web sites that deliver video in a variety of formats and quality settings, including 1080p HD.
All considered, the BD-Live section for this title does nothing to advance the feature or show off its potential. It appears that we'll be waiting longer for Warner Bros. to innovate in this space.
There is a second disc in the form of a DVD Digital Copy. Fans of the movie might enjoy this, as it would allow you to download the movie and enjoy it many times on your portable device. By inserting the disc into a Windows PC or Mac, you can obtain a digital copy of the movie for playback on your PSP, PC, Mac, or iPod. I didn't explore this option, so I can't comment on the picture or sound quality. The documentation says that the Digital Copy must be redeemed by 6/1/2010.
This disc is BD-J formatted, and our PlayStation 3 was able to support auto-resuming the movie. Bookmarking is not supported.
If you like this movie, this is worth picking up. You'll probably want to watch it more than once, and maybe take your time going through the extras. The digital copy adds to the value presented by this package.
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