This Is 40 (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
From the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segal, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, This is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age. – © Universal
This Is 40 doesn't look a day over 22 thanks to Universal's able-bodied 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer. Colors are warm and convincing, with strong primaries, pleasant skin tones and deep blacks. Contrast is bright, summery and, above all, supportive, and detail is excellent. Edges are cleanly defined and naturally crisp, fine textures are nicely resolved on the whole, close-ups are quite striking, delineation is suitably revealing and the film's light veneer of grain is intact. More importantly, encode is proficient, without anything in the way of serious artifacting or banding. Ultimately, if you don't fall madly in love with This Is 40, it won't be because of its video presentation.
Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is a bit of a front-heavy affair, with rather flat spatial interiors and limited sound field immersion that nevertheless rallies behind the film's everyday-life atmosphere. Dialogue is clear and intelligible at all times, with menacing pre-fight whispers rising and rising toward throaty mid-argument screams. LFE output is restrained, though, as is rear speaker activity. Big laughs are often backed by some welcome low-end punch (Pete's bike crashing into an open car door comes to mind), but such aggressive sound design isn't par for the course. Similarly, the rear speakers are generally subdued, minus those moments when an open environment takes center soundstage or a scene is more crowded or chaotic than the norm. Again, though, more often than not it's two to four people in a room bickering. Nothing more. And that's fine, just don't expect anything more enveloping or engaging. The live-performance music is as full and involving as it gets.
Let me begin this by stating that I’m 38 years old. So I went into this movie with the thought process that I could relate to some of the themes and situations that would be presented in this feature. After watching it, I can say for certain that this movie hits on a lot of issues that are in the forefront of couples reaching that milestone birthday. I found myself relating to a few of the situations that Pete & Debbie stumbled upon throughout the film. It was hyped as “The Sort-of Sequel to Knocked Up” but it didn’t really feel like one. I think a better sequel would have been to follow Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) as they trekked into parenthood following the birth of their child. Either way, this movie was full of laughter and the trails and tribulations of life at 40. I have no problems recommending this movie if you are a fan of Judd Apatow.
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, April 1, 2013 7:21 AM