This fun film gets a nice DVD release.
Come on... look at what we're reviewing.He's Just Not That Into You is a romantic comedy of the highest order. Mixing multiple plots and story-lines, the bottom-line for this release is that the characters are looking for love in all the wrong and right places. Some of our characters are finding this relationship thing easier than others, but at its heart this movie is trying to tell viewers that no matter what it's always work when you're in a relationship. With a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly and others, He's Just Not That Into You ind of movie that isn't going to break any ground, but going in viewers certainly know what they are going to be getting.
Additional Scenes With Optional Commentary
Director Ken Kwapis gives viewers his thoughts on these scenes and why they were cut from the final movie. Anybody expecting some awesome insights into this should pretty much forget those notions. He isn't very didactic about his reasons for cutting these scenes, and there's no mention of Eisenstein or film theory. Rather it seems like these sequences were taken out of the film because they just didn't work within the movie. I am sure that Warner Bros. had a mandated run time for this film and anything that crossed the 129 minute mark had to go.
How 6 Simple Words Inspired a Book and a Movie
Baltimore Blade: The Relationship Issue
Alright, this featurette was pretty much useless. It is an interactive magazine that allows users to go inside the "secret lives" of the characters in this movie. Now, if you have read the book upon which this movie is based, I can certainly see how you might absolutely love this film. If you are new to this whole world (or, like me, you are dealing with ambivalence that is bordering on indifference), I would suggest skipping this featurette. On a positive note, I found the user interface easy to navigate and it allowed me to use aspects of my Blu-ray player that I never had before.
"Duet For Telephones" Moment
1080p High Definition - 16x9 - 2.4:1. The Special Features are in 1080i or 1080p High Definition. This movie looked good on Blu-ray but it was ultimately too clear. Ken Kwapis and Director of Photography John Bailey haven't exactly reinvented the wheel here, and when I first saw the trailers for this movie I was amazed at how dated the images seemed. There almost looks like there was some artificial graininess added to the picture because they wanted this movie to look like an indy romantic comedy. This film didn't look bad, it just looked like the colors were purposely muted and that may not have been the best thing for this film.
Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 - Dolby Digital: English 5.1 - Stereo. The Special Features are in Stereo. This film is subtitled in English and Spanish. It had good audio. With so much dialogue, so many characters and so many plots, this film needed to have a solid sound design. Everything here seems to be leveled nicely. I just had to set the volume in a certain way and everything played how I thought it should There was no raising and lowering of the volume bar on my part while I was viewing this film. David Baldwin and his sound crew really did a good job of capturing the audio, there just wasn't anything that mind-blowing about it.
The front cover of this Blu-ray disc features all the major players in this movie with each of them sectioned off in their own box. The colors used are white, gray and pink. The back cover features two images from this film, a description of what this movie is about, a Special Features listing, a cast list and technical information.
I watched this Blu-ray disc with the knowledge that had I not been given it to review by Movieweb I most likely would never have seen it. Despite my thinking that this whole "now romcom" idea was lame, I must admit that this movie speaks to a certain degree of universal truths. Sure, it's hard to look at the beautiful people in this movie and think that they could ever have love problems, but they do and it's interesting seeing how they try and get out of them.
Sure, Ben Affleck seems like he's doing his best to not act (which only makes him look like he's acting even more), but all in all I felt that the cast pretty much gave the performances I thought they would. Drew Barrymore, who always annoys me, really didn't bother me too much here. While it does get a little old seeing these characters make sassy/snide remarks about everything, He's Just Not That Into You makes every effort to get you into this movie.