Knocked Up (2007) - 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 (written by)
Cast: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill


Theatrical Release Date: June 1, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • U-Control (BD Exclusive)
  • MyScenes (BD Exclusive)
  • Deleted, Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Video Diaries
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Beard-O-Rama
  • Topless Scenes
  • Stripper Confidential
  • Katherine Heigl Audition
  • Gag Reel


  • Much, much more (see review)


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

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.::THE FILM::.

Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) - a loser by trade - decides to go out one night and par-tay with a bunch of friends. The same day we see Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), who decides she wants to go out and celebrate as she just got a huge promotion at work. Well, both of these characters paths cross and they wind up going back to Alison's place where they do the dirty deed. The only problem - Ben didn't use a condom.

The next morning, after a long awkward breakfast, the two part paths thinking that would be that. Well, 8 weeks later... Alison finds out she is "knocked up" and tires to get Ben back into her life. The rest of the film deals with a constant struggle between Ben and Alison as both have different viewpoints about work, relationships etc.

After watching Knocked Up for probably the sixth or seventh time, I still find myself laughing at the same jokes. While the film generally deals more with the Ben and Alison dynamic, all the other secondary characters are great. From Martin Starr who is growing out his beard, Jason Segal, to 'mini Seth Rogen' Jonah Hill you are guaranteed laughs at least every 5 minutes.

As far as acting goes - it’s exactly what you would expect from a comedy film. Seth Rogen, who I've been watching since Freaks and Geeks does a great job in a film where he is the star and not playing second or third fiddle (like 40 Year Old Virgin). He is very believable in his role as a stoner/loser/potential father. Katherine Heigl plays her stuck-up role perfect - probably because she is in real life. All the other “Freaks and Geeks” / “Undeclared” alums.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Judd Apatow, Executive Producer/Star Seth Rogen and Actor Bill Hader - These guys always make me laugh and this track is no different. Recommended Listen.

U-Control (Profile 1.1/2.0) - This plays alongside the film and allows you to watch some behind the scenes features. Most of this is recycled from below. ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** (Available in Extended Version only)

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 (49:19) & Extended/Alternate scenes (37:35) - Both of these provides well over an hour of laughs. While some of the Extended/Alternate scenes seem a bit too long, almost all of the Deleted scenes are great!

Finding Ben Stone (27:54), Directing the Director (7:41) & Gummy: The 6th Roommate (6:42) - Lumping these together this... I guess, is a giant joke. These features seem to imply that Apatow was doing a bad job on the set and having other people play Rogen's character.

Kids on The Loose (5:36) - We get some outtakes of the kids in the film (Apatow’s children?!?)

Kuni Files (5:28) & Kuni Gone Wild (5:52) - Again another 'Huh?' feature set that some of the cast talking about the film and a short interview with the doctor at the end of the film.

Video Diaries (28:34) - More of Apatow recording some behind the scenes stuff on his handheld camera.

Raw Footage (18:12) - Just like with Deleted/Extended scenes... we get raw footage. Simply some of the actors improving their lines.

Loudon Wainwright III - Scoring Session (4:47) & Loudon Wainwright III - Live at McCabe's (18:11) - Lumping these together, these features include a short look at making some of the music used in the film as well as some live performances. Hey... that guy looks familiar...

Most of the other features are pretty self explanatory and only offer a few minutes worth of laughs. They include Line-O-Rama (10:12), Beard-O-Rama (4:02), Topless Scenes (3:59), Stripper Confidential (2:02), First Sex On Camera (1:31), Roller Coaster Doc (5:19), Katherine Heigl Audition (2:43), and a Gag Reel (11:52).

It appears everything is carried over from the HD DVD and DVD release! Finally!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Knocked Up is presented in 1.85:1 (VC1) on a 50GB Disc. Unlike its brother 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up looks great - blacks are black and colors very vibrant. The picture is a bit soft, and while I did notice some very slight Edge Enhancing, it’s still a pretty decent transfer. Please keep in mind this is identical to the previous HD DVD transfer as well.

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 "dance" scenes (and Vegas) are the only ones which make you think you are actually listening to a lossless track.



.::OVERALL::.

Knocked Up is probably one of the best comedies of 2007 - and getting it on Blu-ray is a no brainer. With hours of Special Features and decent Picture/Audio quality it comes highly recommended. While the cover art mentions the 'Unrated' cut, the 'Theatrical' cut is also include as well.