40 Year Old Virgin, The: XXL Version (2005)

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Released 20-Feb-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Menu Audio
Audio Commentary-Judd Apatow (Director/Co-writer) And Cast
Featurette-You Know How I Know You're Gay? - With Optional Commentary
Featurette-Andy's Fantasies - With Optional Commentary
Featurette-Cal And Paula - With Optional Commentary
Deleted Scenes-With Optional Commentary
Featurette-Advice From Mooj
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Waxing Doc
Featurette-Date-A-Palooza
Featurette-Line-O-Rama
Featurette-My Dinner With Stormy
Outtakes
Trailer-The Skeleton Key, Serenity
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 127:01 (Case: 125)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Judd Apatow
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Steve Carell
Catherine Keener
Paul Rudd
Romany Malco
Seth Rogen
Elizabeth Banks
Leslie Mann
Jane Lynch
Gerry Bednob
Shelley Malil
Kat Dennings
Jordy Masterson
Chelsea Smith
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Lyle Workman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English Audio Commentary
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    The 40 Year Old Virgin is one of two comedies that set the box office on fire last year, the other one being The Wedding Crashers. I was sceptical as to the quality of the former, especially after having seen the instant Vince Vaughan classic. However, my fears proved to be totally unfounded as the 40 Year Old Virgin is an absolute treat. What could have been a one joke concept has been turned into an extremely funny comedy and one of the film highlights of 2005.

    Steve Carrell is Andy Stitzer, a 40 year old electronics stock room employee who has managed to go through life without doing "the deed". During a late night poker game, his colleagues find out that he's a virgin. Together they make a vow to help Andy "get laid". Andy's work colleagues try their best but their efforts lead to one disaster after another. Finally Andy manages to meet a woman who's genuinely interested in him, however, his shy nature may prove impossible to overcome.

    Steve Carell had a lot invested in this project both as the title star and the film's writer. To say that he delivered is an understatement. For proof of the dedication this performer invested in the role look no further than the infamous waxing scene - personally I will find it hard to forget. His performance is priceless, giving the character of Andy Stitzer real emotional depth, and a likeability that is impossible to resist. The supporting cast are also terrific and more than hold their own in the comedy stakes.

    The film is almost always amusing, and some parts are gut-bustingly hilarious. If there is a downside however, it's Director Judd Apatow's failure to trim out some occasional moments of excess. Running two hours in length `Virgin' just manages to sustain its momentum, but could have been trimmed without compromising the overall quality of the product.

    If you enjoy raunchy comedies with a modicum of intelligence, The 40 Year-Old Virgin is one of the rare ones that won't make you feel guilty for laughing yourself silly. Steve Carell and director Apatow make this high-concept endeavour reach moments of comedy greatness that should prove timeless like other classics of the genre.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The 40 Year Old Virgin has been given an excellent transfer.

    The transfer is presented in the film's original aspect ratio of 1:85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness and shadow detail are strong and there are no low level noise issues. I found it hard to find fault with any aspect of the transfer - Universal once again deliver the goods.

    Colours are well rendered with a dynamic palette. There was no image bleeding apparent.

    This is a blemish free print with no film or video artefacts whatsoever.

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Audio

    The 40 Year Old Virgin has been blessed with both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio options. There is also a director's commentary presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. Both the DTS and Dolby Digital soundtracks are almost identical, with the DTS track proving the better of the two options as it has a slightly richer bass field.

    Dialogue is always clear and there are no audio sync problems.

    The film's music is a mixture of the latest chart toppers and traditional score. The score is by John Murphy and is fairly nondescript, but never obtrusive. The score does sell the more chaotic elements of the film well, but is eminently forgettable.

    The 5.1 Surround channel usage is first rate. The rear channels make excellent use of directional effects and are constantly buzzing with score and ambient noise.

    The subwoofer adds the necessary depth to the proceedings.

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Extras

Menu Audio

Audio Commentary

    Pretty much the entire cast and crew provide a group commentary. This special feature is a definite highlight. The commentary is never dull and is rife with anecdotes and trivia. I found it almost as funny as the film itself.

Deleted scenes

    As well as the cursory deleted scenes section, the following featurettes titled Date-a-palooza, You Know How I Know You're Gay?, Andy's Fantasies, Cal and Paula & Advice from Mooj are in fact additional deleted and extended scenes and not separate featurettes. The scenes themselves are just more examples of discarded footage that was cut for pacing and add little to the narrative. The scenes were rightfully taken out or trimmed for the film, but are a welcome addition to the extras. As a bonus these scenes have the option for the Director and Producer to provide a commentary in which they discuss the reasons for their removal. A nice addition.

Featurette - Line-o-rama

    The cast are shown improvising scenes with alternate lines. Not a bad short, which gets more risqué as the scenes progress.

Featurette - My Dinner with Stormy

    A very short featurette where the co-producer meets with the porn actress (Stormy). It's fairly obvious that old Stormy definitely gets by on her looks rather than personality.

Featurette - Waxing Doc

    A brief 3 minute look at the infamous filming of the chest waxing sequence. A pretty gut wrenching experience.

Featurette - Gag-reel

    4 minutes of the cast and crew playing the fool, which explains why there are so many additional scenes. It's fairly obvious that the cast had a pretty good time on set.

Trailers for The Skeleton Key & Serenity.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

   The R1 version claims to be unrated, however all information available indicates that their unrated version is the one found on this R4 disc. This makes the R4 and R1 disc basically the same.

Summary

    If you enjoy raunchy comedies with a modicum of intelligence, The 40 Year-Old Virgin is one of the rare ones that won't make you feel guilty for laughing yourself silly. The disc has been given an excellent transfer and the special features don't disappoint. Well worthy of a purchase.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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