The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) - Unrated [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Universal || Unrated - 133 minutes - $29.98 || September 30, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-10-01


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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: Judd Apatow
Writer(s): Judd Apatow & Steve Carell (written by)
Cast: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch


Theatrical Release Date: August 19, 2005


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • U-Control (BD Exclusive)
  • MyScenes (BD Exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Date-A-Palooza
  • "You Know How I Know You're Gay?"
  • Raw Footage
  • Judd's Video Diaries
  • Comedy Central: Reel Comedy Roundtable
  • Cinemax/Final Cut
  • My Dinner With Stormy
  • Waxing Doc
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Poker Game Rehearsal
  • Auditions
  • 1970s Sex Ed Film
  • Gag Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

If it wasn't for The 40 Year Old Virgins success, I don't think we would still be watching "The Office" on NBC. If not for its success, we would have never had Knocked Up, Superbad or any of the great comedies I can now enjoy any time I want to. To that, I thank 40 Year Old Virgin which is still my favorite Apatow film to date.

If you didn't figure it out from title, the film is about Andy (Steve Carell) a simple guy who rides his bike to work every day, has a huge collection of toys and video games, makes his own lunch, and, well, is a 40 year old virgin. How can that be, right? Andy has been working at Smart Tech (which is obviously a Circuit City) for many years now and never manages to make many friends, probably because he lacks any real personality. One day a few co-workers (Rogen, Rudd, Malco) invite him to play a round of poker after work simply to fill a spot. During the game they discover Andy is a virgin and make a vow to get him laid.

From here on out the film takes a few different turns that makes it appeal to several different audiences. For one, its got a nice edge on comedy. We get to see Andy trying his best to score with the ladies including using some incredibly lame lines that he either manages to think up or gets fed to by some of his new friends. While he does manage to get some success from it (Beth from the book store for example) for the most part when Andy is just himself (Nicky, Trish) he manages to do alright.

Probably the best thing about the film is the acting. Watching Steve Carell on "The Daily Show" and then "The Office", well, you would never believe the guy could pull off what he did in this film. To "become" Andy takes a lot of work and its the little things that Steve Carell does that makes it all that believable. The rest of the cast does an amazing job - Seth Rogen who I loved in "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" makes one of his first theatrical debuts here (besides a deleted scene in Donnie Darko and Anchorman) and man, he really brings the laughs. Apatow spotted talent way back when he was on "Freaks and Geeks" and has yet to let go of the poor guy.

Simply put - this is an awesome movie. I laughed all the way through and this is probably my eighth time watching it. For those that didn't care for the longer Unrated cut (and there are many who don't) the Blu-ray version boasts both the Unrated and Rated (Theatrical) cut of the film. While the cover art does not mention that (its using the same from the HD DVD version) the Rate cut is available in HD along with DTS MA Audio. A great plus!



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD.

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director/Co-Writer Judd Apatow, Actor/Co-Writer Steve Carell and Cast - Absolutely hilarious. I always love listening to Apatow's tracks and this one is no different.

U-Control (Extended Version Only) - Just like with most Universal U-Controls, this is some snippets from the features below along with some additional new material. If you liked the film, give this a shot. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

MyScenes (Profile 2.0 Only) - This little feature allows you to bookmark your favorite scene to watch later or share them with friends via BD-Live. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Deleted Scenes (27:31) - As with most Apatow films, this is mostly extended scenes or simply different lines used. Still a good collection. Optional commentary available.

Date-A-Palooza (9:18) & 'You Know How I Know Your Gay?' (5:31) These are just scene extensions.... You Know comes with an optional commentary.

Raw Footage (19:23) - More or less consider this to be "extended" cuts of a few scenes. Some laughs are here, especially the waxing...

Judd's Video Diaries (20:46) - Some random footage that Apatow filmed on a little camera while shooting the film.

Comedy Central: Reel Comedy Roundtable (21:08) & Cinemax/Finalcut: The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (12:44) We get a mix of the cast and crew talking while they replay the clips of the film over and over and over.

Most of the other features are pretty self explanatory and only offer a few minutes worth of laughs. They include My Dinner with Stormy (2:08), Waxing Doc (3:31), Line-O-Rama (6:20), Poker Game Rehearsal (5:12), Auditions (7:33) and my personal favorite, 1970s Sex Ed Film (5:26). But wait, we also get a very typical Gag Reel (4:35) and the theatrical trailer (2:33). It appears every feature from the HD DVD has been carried over to the Blu-ray release along with the My Scenes feature and The Rated Cut.

A great assortment of extras... its just a bit disappointing that they like to pimp out the numerous special features on the cover art but most are simply scene extensions of deleted scenes disguised as "features".



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The 40 Year Old Virgin is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. Do you like Edge Enhancement? Good because this release is filled to the brim with it. None of the icky grain! The DVD and HD DVD were bad and I was hoping they would go back and fix the Blu-ray release... but nope, same transfer. Colors are still vibrant and since the DVD editions suffer from the same Edge Enhancement, I guess the Blu-ray would be an upgrade for some.

Universal has included a DTS MA track for this release. The movie, much like every other Apatow film, is heavily dialog driven so the DTS MA track does very little for the film. Dialog is, however, crystal clear and the few "action" heavy scenes sound great.



.::OVERALL::.

The 40 Year Old Virgin is easily one of the best films of 2005 and its finally available on Blu-ray - both in its Rated and Unrated states. With hours of special features it maks this release a must buy.