Knocked Up: Extended and Unprotected (2006)
Featurette-Roller Coaster Documentary
Featurette-Directing the Director
Music Video-You Can't Fail Me Now
Audio Commentary-Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader
|Year Of Production||2006|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Judd Apatow|
Universal Pictures Home Video
Loudon Wainwright III
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Unknown||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Knocked Up by writer/director Judd Apatow's (The 40 Year Old Virgin) is one of his two hits from 2007. The site also has an excellent review for the HD-DVD format here.
The movie tells the story of a twenty something slacker (relative newcomer Seth Rogen), an up and coming E- News reporter (Katherine Heigl best known for her role in Grey's Anatomy), a one night stand and the subsequent unplanned pregnancy. Whilst never delving into such a complex issue too deeply, the movie delivers plenty of laughs and does a surprisingly sweet job of examining the various relationships in the film. Relationships like boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife, friend to friend and parent to child are dealt with in an endearing way not often dealt with in a comedy like this.
The supporting cast are great. One of Apatow's key talents is that he has an eye for emerging talent and building a fantastic supporting cast. Rogen's group of buddies (including Jonah Hill, Jason Segel and Jay Baruchel) are hilarious. Like mentioned in the commentary they are all best friends in real life and all them them besides Rogen used their real names in the film. Apparently there were a lot of out-takes when they called him Seth instead of Ben. Family also play a large part in the movie, Rogen's father is played by the excellent Harold Ramis while Heigl's sister is played by the amusing Leslie Mann (Apatow's wife in a rare example of where nepotism works) and Paul Rudd as her onscreen husband. Bit roles go to Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig who steal their respective scenes.
All in all, this is one of the funniest movies of 2007 and it even has a couple of extra minutes not seen in the theatrical release. If you like comedies, this is definitely a movie you should check out.
This disc is presented in PAL at the theatrical ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
Overall the picture is really good and the disc is an example of a very solid transfer.
The image is quite sharp and very easy to watch.
Colours are bold, with skin tones looking really natural. Outdoor scenes with blue skies and greenery really come alive in vivid and yet realistic colour.
Black levels look good and shadows details are fine.
Thankfully there are no film artefacts and there is no edge enhancement either.
The audio is a very solid English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s) track.
In comedies it's imperative to be able to hear the dialogue clearly, especially when the banter is as fast as Rogen and his buddies. This track does a great job, dialogue is always clear and there are no sync or drop out issues.
At different stages there are some pretty good music scenes that add a lot to the film overall. In fact, I think I want to go out and get the soundtrack, there are a lot of catchy songs.
As far as this kind of film goes, surround sound action is not overly important, and whilst this track does a good job it is certainly not stand out.
There was no subwoofer usage, but it wasn't really expected for this kind of film.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are 14 extra scenes. Some of them are hilarious and others are improv scenes that would be more suited to a gag reel.
Generally scenes that were cut for a good reason.
This is pretty funny and shows the style that Apatow goes for with actors being pretty free to improv a scene to get the laugh.
This is funny too, but shorter than what I would expect with a movie like this.
The buddy roller coaster scene was at Knotts Berry Farm and shows Jay Baruchel totally freak out about having to go on the roller coaster. He is literally crying by the end of it.
A joke that gets old fast, but Capote director Bennett Miller is sent in by the studio to save the film.
Acoustic performance by Joe Henry of a song in the film.
Not who you want to see topless.
Hilarious, not sure why Hader is there as his deleted scenes are longer than he is in the actual film, but its a funny insight into friends making a movie together. A rare commentary where you'd laugh as much if not more as you do to the actual movie track. Rogen has a contagious laugh.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Seems to be the same as the US extended release, so call it a tie.
A very funny film that has a surprising emotional depth to it.
The video was great.
The audio was very good.
The special features were solid and do justice to the movie.
Pick it up now!
|DVD||Marantz DV4300, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||DB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub|