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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part I

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"Superbad" (Blu-ray)

SuperbadSynopsis

Seth and Evan want nothing more than to lose their virginity before they head off to college. To do that, though, they need to get liquor for the big party that night. With the help of their friend Fogell, a.k.a. McLovin, and his fake I.D., the three of them go on a hilarious chase for that elusive booze, dodging incompetent cops, angry neighbors and jealous boyfriends.

Specifications

    • Columbia
      2007, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 29 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English/French Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English PCM 5.1
    • Portuguese/Spanish DD 5.1
    • Directed by Greg Mottola
    • Starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader
Rating
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: Strong

Commentary

Judd Apatow has been cranking out some seriously funny films lately. This one is a teen movie, but it's totally adult humor. It brings back the raunchy humor we used to get in the 70's and the characters are all a laugh riot. This unrated cut adds a few more jokes to the mix, but doesn't really add much overall to the theatrical cut. Characters are all the same and the story isn't changed at all. I had a lot of fun with this one in theaters and laughed just as hard on Blu-ray.

Technical

I saw this film in D-Cinema and the presentation was a bit of a mixed bag. The same can be said here. At times the image is absolutely gorgeous with crisp detail, wonderful color and outstanding contrast. But a few minutes later it can be on the softer side and a bit washed out. It makes for an inconsistent experience, but even when its a bit softer it looks better than a lot of the titles out there. The more consistent shots can be jaw dropping and just dripping with fine detail and depth. Film grain is almost non-existent except in darker shots, making me think this may have been cleaned up just a tad before encoding. I remember this one having a more consistent grain presence in theaters. Overall though, this is a GREAT looking transfer from Sony.

The soundtrack is pretty much on par for a comedy film. Dynamics get their best workout during the musical selections, which are all fun with a funk theme to them. The soundtrack is pretty front heavy, but has its moments when the soundstage starts extending to the rear of the room a bit. Dialogue is nicely balanced with the rest of the mix and I didn't hear any strain at all.

Extras

Sony went all out on this one for features. This is a loaded two-disc edition and most of the supplements are hilarious. There are deleted scenes, extended scenes, gag reels, interviews, production features, behind the scenes footage, feature themed shorts, cast auditions, and more. One of the best special editions I've seen from Sony yet!