40 Year Old Virgin, The: XXL Version (2005)
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-My Dinner With Stormy
Trailer-The Skeleton Key, Serenity
|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|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
Trailers for The Skeleton Key & Serenity.
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.
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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using Component output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|