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Going the Distance (2010) Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: VC-1
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Rating: R
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD + Digital Copy)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Blu-ray Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • List Price: $35.99

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

Director Nanette Burstein’s Going the Distance is a modern take on the rom-com that falls somewhere between American Pie and Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up on the scale of ribaldry. Starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as thirty-something professionals Erin (Barrymore), an aspiring reporter working on the last year of her doctorate, and Garrett (Long), a record company A&R man stuck courting sugary pop bands, the film follows their meant to be short term summer romance over the course of Erin’s internship at a New York newspaper as it slowly evolves into something deeper and the two decide to tough it out and step into the unwieldy world of the long distance romance when Erin must head back to the West Coast.

The two text and sext their way through the usual pitfalls of modern romance and, you know, the whole long distance thing — who hasn’t been there? Going the Distance kicks it up a notch with some raunchy sexual situations, rough language, and 80’s pop tunes to fill out the soundtrack for a romantic comedy that overall feels more successful than not. Aided by a good supporting cast, in particular Christina Applegate as Erin’s sister Corinne and Garrett’s two best buds,  Dan (Charlie Day) and Box (Jason Sudeikis), Going the Distance may not be the worst date flick a guy could get dragged to.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The 2.35:1 1080p encoding of Going the Distance arrives with a vibrant color palette and nicely textured, filmic quality to the transfer. Some moments the picture looks a little too gritty, but otherwise it’s a strong, cinematic looking presentation that looks quite fine for a comedy production.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Going the Distance doesn’t get a whiz-bang audio mix like an action flick that is going to really act as a showpiece, but the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tack is a solid enough effort for this rom-com material. The sound is spacious, lows are pretty deep, and the dialogue is clean.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

Going the Distance is thin on supplements especially if you don’t count the digital copy and DVD, but you get an audio commentary, three HD featurettes and more.

The supplements provided with this release are:

  • Commentary by Nanette Burstein
  • Behind the Story:
    • How to have the Perfect Date? (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:07.51)
    • A Guide to Long Distance Dating (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:07.57)
    • The Cast of Going the Distance: Off the Cuff (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:04.19)
    • Deleted Scenes (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 0:12.48)
  • Music (1080p/24):
    • The Boxer Rebellion
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

Going the Distance offers some genuine laughs if not outright relationship realism in its take on the modern day long distance romance and it arrives on Blu-ray looking vibrant. It’s at least worth a rental on a date night.

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