He's Just Not That Into You (2008)
|Year Of Production||2008|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (74:21)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Ken Kwapis|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Kristen Faye Hunter
Alia Rhiana Eckerman
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.40:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
He's Just Not That into You is a light romantic drama based on a well known self help book of the same name. The book attempts to help women understand what men's behaviour means during dating such as if they don't call when they say they will. This film has created a set of stories based around these behaviours which feature a number of different interrelated couples either in or wanting relationships with the opposite sex. The movie features a well known ensemble cast including Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Kris Kristofferson & Justin Long. It is set in Baltimore but could just as easily be in any US city. The characters are all late 20s, early 30s successful urbanites.
The main characters are
Ben (Bradley Cooper) - Married to Janine
Janine (Jennifer Connelly)
Anna (Scarlett Johansson) - A yoga teaching singer
Conor (Kevin Connelly) - Mooching after Anna who is uncertain whether she wants him
Neil (Ben Affleck) - Has been living with Beth for 7 years but doesn't want to get married
Beth (Jennifer Aniston) - Beth who wants Neil to marry her
Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) - Neurotic & obsessive, desperate for a relationship
Alex (Justin Long) - Barman who starts telling Gigi the secrets of men
Mary (Drew Barrymore) - Looking for a man, works at a gay magazine
This film is mildly amusing and reasonably entertaining. It certainly isn't a waste of your time but neither is it great cinema. My only real criticism is that it is slightly too long at over two hours. If you and your significant other are looking for a quiet and lightly entertaining night in over dinner and a glass of wine you can certainly do a lot worse than this. Well worth a rental but probably wouldn't have a lot of replay value.
The video quality is very good.
The feature is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which is close to the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
The picture was sharp and clear throughout without being as crisp as the best transfers. Shadow detail is also very good.
The colour was bright and looks vibrant on this transfer.
There were some very minor MPEG artefacts around people moving.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. They were clear and easy to read.
There is a layer change at 74:21 which caused a slight pause.
The audio quality is very good but this is not a film to show off your home theatre.
This DVD contains two audio options an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.
Dialogue was very easy to understand and clear.
The score is by Cliff Eidelmann and is not overly obvious. There are also quite a few pop songs which suit the film.
The surround speakers were really only used for music and atmosphere.
The subwoofer was only used for music as you might expect with the style of film at hand
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is still and silent.
These are non 16x9 enhanced and there is an optional commentary by director Ken Kwapis. There are reasonably interesting and include a subplot removed from the final film about Anna's mother.
The Region 1 release is basically the same. Draw.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.
On some deleted scenes in the extras department.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|