13 Going on 30 (2004) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || PG13 - 98 minutes - $28.95 || January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gary Winick
Writer(s): Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa (written by)
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Kathy Baker, Christa B. Allen


Theatrical Release Date: April 23, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Audio Commentaries
  • Alternate Beginning & Ending
  • 4 Featurettes
  • 18 Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Photo Gallery
  • BD-LIVE
  • 2 Music Videos


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

Back when I was in high school, which was like six years ago or something, I dated this girl and all we did was watch movies. At the time, it was the worst part of my life watching these dreary crappy movies all day instead of leaving the house or crashing into telephone posts. Now six years later all I do is watch movies. Not a lot has changed, at least on my end. But one of the movies I was forced to watch was the same movie on the page youíre currently viewing, 13 Going On 30.

Jenna (Christa B. Allen) is your average thirteen-year-old. Sheís a little bit geeky and nerdy, but her best friend Matt (Sean Marquette) doesnít care as he secretly has a giant crush on her. Jenna wants to fit in with a clique in school headed by Tom-Tom (Alexandra Kyle), but canít because of who she is on the outside.

In a desperate attempt to befriend them, Jenna agrees to do Tom-Tom and her friends report if they come to her thirteenth birthday party. Meanwhile, Matt shows up to the party before they appear, and gives her a doll house he made for her with some magic powder that grants wishes. Tom-Tom and her friends show up and Jenna stashes the house in a closet, which hurts his feelings.

The party goes awry, as Jenna accidentally kisses Matt not knowing itís him and humiliates him. She cries and wishes she was older. In true movie fashion, it happens.

Jenna (Jennifer Garner) is now a thirty, in her own apartment, and awakens to a strange naked guy in the bathroom. In an absolutely hilarious scene, she still doesnít realize how this happened or where she is, but she continues her life. Tom-Tom has now changed to Lucy (Judy Greer) who has apparently gotten a lot of facial work done to look the way she does.

They both now work at a magazine company, which is currently going under because someone keeps feeding the competition their ideas. Richard (Andy Serkis), their boss, is hosting a party for the magazine which heís worried will fail, and puts Jenna in charge of making something happen.

She is however more preoccupied with what happened to her best friend, Matt. Her secretary tracks him down, but Jenna doesnít realize what became of her friendship with him and seeks him down. Matt (Mark Ruffalo) is now a photographer and currently has a girlfriend. Even more troubling is what happened to Jenna over the past seventeen years to make her so hated at work by her friends, and why she has completely dismissed her family in her life. Can Jenna rekindle with Mark even though heís engaged? Will we find out who is funneling secrets to the competition?

I absolutely adored this movie. I know that sounds weird typing, and even odder reading, but this is one of my favorite films of all time. Jennifer Garner is funny and charming as Jenna, as is the rest of the cast, especially Serkis and Greer. The story is also put together fantastically, the characters are likeable, and there are no complaints on my end. As a movie, this is one not to be missed for any reason.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Alternate Beginning & Ending (11 minutes): The alternate beginning is slightly different, but overall it doesnít work. The ending is also different, but once again the filmís actual ending is better.

Blooper Reel (3 minutes): The cast flubbing up lines. Itís actually entertaining, but sadly itís short.

ďI Was a Teenage GeekĒ (8 minutes): The cast talks about the horrors of being a geek in high school. Itís actually a funny segment, so be sure to watch it.

ďFashion Flashback: Into the 80ísĒ (7 minutes): A look back at the style and fashion of the 80ís. I didnít enjoy it, mainly because Iím a guy. Iím sure though others will find it interesting.

18 Deleted & Extended Scenes (27 minutes): Annoyingly enough, the counter at the top and bottom of the screen canít be removed (or at least I couldnít find out how) and distract viewers. These scenes however donít amount to too much, but a few are funny.

There are also two musical videos.

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES:

Making of a Teen Dream (19 minutes): The cast talks about the movie and how it came to be. Itís a really interesting feature, as the cast is talkative and energetic unlike some features.

Making of a Teen Dream: Another Take (7 minutes): Iím not sure why these two werenít combined into one, as they could have easily been. More interviews about the cast and why Garner was chosen for the role.

Director Commentary: Gary Winick talks about what he wanted the movie to be like, how commercial, and the fact that it was his first big budget movie. Heís fairly entertaining and does give a lot of insight into the flick. I was surprised, but he can keep his own and rarely is there a dull moment the entire track.

Producerís Commentary: Gina Matthews, Donna Roth, and Susan Arnold team up for this track. Itís actually a really funny track, as the girls talk about their troubles in high school, the stuffing of the braís, etc. The track keeps pace for the film, and once again, is a great addition to the exclusives for this Blu-ray.

Photo Gallery (2 minutes): Exactly what it says: pictures from the film.

The disc also has BD-LIVE, which is the same as every other disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

13 Going On 30 is a beautifully looking movie. There really is no better way to say it. Flesh tones are perfect, colors are gorgeous, and scenes were full of life. I know that sounds weird, but just watch some of the scenes, such as when Jenna leaves her apartment for the first time after her wish is granted: the outside looks real! Iím also pleased to report grain isnít an issue, and contrast is also not an issue as every scene looks how it should. After popping in the DVD (yes, I own the DVD) I can honestly say this is an every sense an upgrade in picture from it.

Not only in picture, but the audio is also booming for being a comedy. The dance sequence rattled my shelves in my room as well. Audio sounds amazing as well, as dialogue is kept in constant check the entire film. Levels were also right-on with the characters, as I didnít need to turn down or up the volume throughout the film. Even for a comedy, this is an amazing upgrade in terms of the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track!



.::OVERALL::.

Buy this. I canít make it any clearer. Even as a guy, I enjoyed this movie five years ago when it came out and still love it to this day. Itís a good clean family comedy that is heartwarming and funny at the same time. The extraís are plentiful and will keep you busy for a while, and the technical side is outstanding. This is in every way an upgrade for previous DVD owners and newcomers to the film.