"This Is 40" comes out on a Blu-ray and DVD package featuring this 2012 film's unrated and theatrical cuts. This release houses its Blu-ray, DVD, UV digital, and iTunes digital copies, along with a boatload of supplements. An arguably semi-autobiographical family comedy helmed by Judd Apatow, this zany offering serves as a follow up to his successful comedy "Knocked Up." With the same onscreen family on board, this sort of sequel revolves around their upper-middle-class, suburban lives years after the prior film. It stars the director's real-life wife Leslie Mann, his on-screen alter-ego Paul Rudd, and his real-life daughters Maude and Iris Apatow.
This slice-of-life picture works as a mash-up of the classic perils of family life: from the difficulties of marriage to the midlife problems a couple must face together to the issues of child rearing and financial stress. It deals with the feelings of uncertainty, stagnation, and the dire need to escape their daily lives' unending pressures. It also presents the ultimate rewards of long-term relationships and finding solutions to family ordeals in a way that often hits pretty close to home.
The HD transfer delivers warm and convincing colors, pleasant skin tones, and perfectly pitched contrast. The sunny Southern Californian palette remains sufficient for the needs of the movie. The rich blacks don't yield to detrimental crushing issues and the bold, razor-sharp images are often easy to discern.
The proficient encoding promotes a crystal clear, well-balanced picture that has just enough hints of grain to get the feel of celluloid, while avoiding a digitally fake look. There are always plenty of details on display. There are no serious visual deficiencies to note anywhere in the presentation.
The film offers a front-heavy five-channel lossless track, along with alternative five-channel options in Spanish and French. As expected, the mix doesn't possess that much of aural complexity. LFE output and rear speaker activity are quite restrained. Yet, the track provides a relatively immersive environment for the story's needs. There is spot-on prioritization and decent dynamics throughout.
This dialogue-driven piece does a good job in putting across various chaotic vocals that overlap with each other. Speaking lines are always clear and intelligible. No hints of distortion and other imperfections creep into the mix.
Aside from the movie's rated and unrated cuts, this disc edition highlights a number of extensive extras: a director's audio commentary, a collection of deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, a gag reel, the behind-the-scene featurette "The Making of This Is 40," the Terry Gross radio interview with Apatow entitled "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," the fly-on-the-wall featurette with Apatow directing his daughters in "Kids on the Loose 3," and the Jason Segel budget commercial "Bodies By Jason." Other cast and crew featurettes include "Long Emotional Ride," "The Music," "This Is Albert Brooks," "Line-O-Rama & Brooks-O-Rama," "Biking with Barry," and "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog." Subtitle options are available in English SDH, Spanish, and French.
"This Is 40" easily moves past its veneer of autobiographical insights in order to speak a bitingly funny yet frighteningly familiar truth about life's varying facets. Although it is at times overindulgent, messy, uneven, and meandering, it still generally works for its unassuming look at family life and intimate relationships. It sprinkles its episodic storytelling with plenty of lowbrow humor, underlying warmth, and caustic wit. Regardless of its hit-or-miss bits, the high-spirited performances by its top-notch cast gladly make this raw and slightly raunchy domestic comedy amusing and relatable enough for the general audience.
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