Jennifer's Body (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Fox || Unrated - 107 minutes - $39.99 || December 29, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-01-01


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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: Karyn Kusama
Writer(s): Diablo Cody (written by)
Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, Sal Cortez, J.K. Simmons


Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Select-Scene Commentary
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

Itís hard to believe that despite all the buzz that Jenniferís Body received, mainly about this being Megan Foxís big solo role away from those giant machines, it still flopped in theaters and performed well-below industry expectations. The flick managed to gross under $20 million worldwide its entire theatrical run, which caused concern not only for her career but also writer Diablo Codyís as well. Thankfully, Iím here to tell you that this horror flick is actually more bite than bark and is a fun horror movie with violence. Oh, and Megan Fox is in it.

Jennifer (Megan Fox) is your average incredibly hot, lavish, and hot cheerleader. Sheís clearly the popular one at the school, yet still has a best friend in Needy (Amanda Seyfried) who is, in fact, the dorky girl. Needy is dating Chip (Johnny Simmons), and Jennifer dates, well, no one right now but has her eyes set on some local crappy band thatís playing at some gig close by. She drags Needy to see the show, where Needy overhears the fact that the band only wants virgins to be groupies of theirs and lets Jennifer know this. The band plays their song and suddenly the bar catches on fire, engulfing most of the audience although Jennifer and Needy make it out okay.

One of the band members sees the two girls escaping and offers them a lift home, to which only Jennifer accepts and Needy heads on her own way. Mind you, tons of people just burned to death but everything seems normal for the two girls. That is, until Jennifer shows up at Needyís house in the middle of the night covered in blood and spewing animal guts all over the place. Jennifer heads back to her abandoned house or wherever she lives, and Needy shrugs it off on the alcohol. The next day though at school things get even weirder for her, as Jennifer acts even more strangely to her and also devours the remaining kids at the school. It turns out that something happened to Jennifer that night, and itís up to Needy and Chip to solve the mystery of... Jenniferís Body. Sorry, I had to throw that in there.

Yeah Iím not going to lie; this really has some of the worst lines ever. I expected much more from Diablo Cody (writer of that Juno film) in her follow-up, and instead we get lines here where the characters literally break the fourth wall with their stupidity. The goth kids in the movie are so grossly overcast and misused that itís unbearable since I think Iím dating one at the time Iím typing this. During the funeral scene for one of the Goths, the other girl Goths talk about ďI wish I could be buried in the ground with youĒ or something ridiculous. No one says that at a funeral, especially the Goths that I know of.

Furthermore, the story takes a little while to get started. Oh, and the story clearly borrowed from the NBC show ďHeroesĒ in the fact that Jennifer can heal herself (like Claire) instantly whenever sheís cut. The fact that Needy is so mundane and peaceful about the fact her best friend is killing people is astonishing, or the idea that she doesnít care that many people died that night and merely brushes it off. The casting of J.K. Simmons as a teacher is also a joke, as heís neither funny nor does he provide any sort of value to the movie. They probably could have saved some bucks getting rid of his character all together since he does zilch for the flick.

The horror aspect of the movie in all honesty really is here and is apparent from the get-go. The problem is that itís masked by the crappy writing from Cody and the film canít take itself seriously for one dang second. Instead, we get too many jokes instead of the scare factor which would have worked wonders for this flick. I overall though enjoyed the movie, as I thought it was funny at the right times and a bit scary at others. It would have been loads better though without the crappy dialogue though, so shame on you Cody.

For clarities sake, and the fact Iíll probably forget, but for purposes of this review I watched the extended cut since I had already seen the theatrical release in theaters back in September. The extended cut is about five minutes longer, and Iím fairly certain there were an extra scene or two thrown in and pretty sure the Needy/Jennifer scene (you know which one) was a bit longer.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Karyn Kusama and Diablo Cody (Theatrical Cut Only): Cody and Kusama team-up for the lone commentary on this track, as they point out the plot direction of the movie and talk about the cast of characters. There is a considerable amount of down-time on this track, so those looking to listen to a track with a lot of action and knowledge should probably look elsewhere. I will say that when the duo does talk they do so in length, and then stop talking abruptly.

Commentary by Karyn Kusama (Extended Cut Only) (30 minutes): This differs from the previous one, as this just has Kusama talking about select scenes rather than the entire movie. I think this is just lazy, as she discusses a bunch of the movie so why not record a commentary for the whole thing?

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Deleted Scenes (14 minutes): There really isnít that much here thatís worth watching, as the scenes donít provide much in the way of entertainment or horror value. Iíd recommend passing on these based on the two previously mentioned thoughts on them.

Gag Reel (5 minutes): This is your usual extra that has the cast screwing up lines and then laughing about them afterwards. A few of these are slightly entertaining, so if you want a few laughs then check this out.

The Dead Pool (14 minutes): The movie is dissected with cast interviews that talk about the idea of the film and the direction that the movie takes. This is an interesting extra that talks more in-depth about the already shallow film itself, so unless you are a junkie on the film (like me) you will probably want to pass on this one.

Video Diaries (13 minutes): The stars of the film have their own video diaries from the set of the movie shown, which includes interviews about the shooting of select scenes and other various tidbits. I found it interesting to see some of the shots and the behind-the-scenes action, so this is worth looking into.

Megan Fox is Hot (1 minute): Yes, this is an entire segment dedicated to how hot Megan Fox is or how hot everyone (including me) thinks she is in real life and in the movie.

Megan Fox ďPeer PressureĒ PSA (1 minute): Fox does a hilarious PSA that has a tie-in with the film, and since I chuckled I recommend a viewing.

Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School with Diablo Cody (26 minutes): Cody is interviewed by the Fox Movie Channel about her past work, including Juno, and talks for twenty-six minutes about her newfound success. She also talks about how the movie really was a strange film and it wasnít her intention to make it one. I found this to be boring about ten minutes in, so unless youíre a die-hard fan of Cody youíll probably want to pass on this.

Finally, a Digital Copy is available that works with iTunes.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is a fantastic looking movie, and no Iím not just saying that because Megan Fox is in it. Okay, partially I am, but that aside this is a great flick in terms of the video transfer. Colors are dark, ominous, and perfect for this horror movie. Sure, some could argue that the movie is so dark itís tough to see at times, and it is, but thereís nothing really wrong with it since Iím betting thatís how the film was intended to look. Contrast, with that being said, is a bit of an issue though in terms of grain which in some scenes is really out of control. The movie is set most of the time at night, and the grain control is somewhat lacking as most scenes do run rampant with it. This is still an excellent transfer, although some work could have been done on the contrast side of things.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track fares off much better than its DVDís Dolby Digital 5.1 counterpart. Dialogue itself is loud and engaging, although not to the point of where Iíd like a rather dialogue-heavy film to be. I struggled to hear bits and pieces of audio from time to time, especially when whispering or dialogue was in the background. However, when the cast was up close I had no issues with the dialogue which is a huge plus for me. Surround sound is also used better than the DVD predecessor, as though I actually heard my surrounds going off during the few action sequences in the movie. That being said, this is a great track that with a little more work in terms of loudness and surround usage could have been a five-star track.



.::OVERALL::.

Jenniferís Body tanked at the box-office, but Iím here to tell you the film is worth a purchase. Thereís a good amount of comedy and horror balled up into one, and the extras included with the Blu-Ray are enjoyable. The technical package is also above average for a high-def disc, so I must say this is one flick that can be viewed over and over again. This is one film that really is to die for.