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I Love You, Man Blu-ray Review

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit), French Dolby Digital 5.1 (640kbps), Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (640kbps)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: A
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • List Price: $39.99
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Overall
rating4
The Film
rating4
Video Quality
rating4
Audio Quality
rating3-5
Supplemental Materials
rating4

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The Film

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I Love You, Man takes the romantic comedy and turns it on its ear. Perennially typecast good guy Paul Rudd is the metrosexual Peter Klaven, a successful L.A. real estate agent who is more comfortable in relationships and being around women than he is hanging out with other guys. Peter realizes this poses a problem for his upcoming wedding to fiancé Zooey (Rashida Jones) because he doesn’t have any close male friends and thus won’t have anyone to stand up for him as his best man.

Thus Peter begins a series of man-dates, with the misguided help of his gay brother, mother, and even his fiancé’s BFF. Eventually he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) at an open house for Lou Ferrigno’s mansion and it’s a bromance made in guy-heaven. The easy going, philandering, Fife with the frank philosophy on life is Klaven’s polar opposite, but the two become fast-friends. Things turn around for Peter, and a whole new side of him begins to come to light, but his Relationship with Sydney begins to put a strain on his relationship with Zooey.

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The humour in I Love You, Man is in the uneasy beginnings of the relationship between the two men, particularly the goofy Peter Klaven, who proves completely clueless on the ways of men. It’s an odd social commentary, in a sense, and one that is never really explored. That grown men do not enter into friendships lightly outside of work or school. Once the cliques are formed, they are pretty much formed for life. Hollywood is filled with “buddy films,” but not many comedies about the evolution of relationships between adult men; I Love You, Man fills that void.

Of course, there are moments of crude comedy, but they are not the focus of the film and they are far more subdued than what you might find in an Apatow film. I Love You, Man actually captures something you won’t find in most of Apatow’s film’s — charm, and it will also do something that most of Apatow’s films won’t do, and that is appeal to both women and men equally. This is one date movie that won’t scare the guys away.

Video Quality

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Typically of most comedies, I Love You, Man does not have the production values that are really going to show off a high definition transfer like atmospheric lighting, an onslaught of special effects or lavish costume designs, but the 1.78:1 AVC/MPEG-4 encoding is solid nonetheless. Detail is strong, particularly in the many bright outdoor scenes in sunny L.A.  White levels are set perfectly with no evidence of clipping, flesh tones are spot on, black levels are strong and colors are sufficiently vivid — check out the verdant greens of the foliage on the trees. There is a light and consistent level of film grain, granting a sharp, film-like appearance with extended detail in foreground and background shots.

Audio Quality

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I Love You, Man is provided with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) lossless soundtrack. The mostly dialogue driven “bromantic” comedy’s lossless mix will hardly work as a reference soundtrack for your home theatre sound system, but the numerous contemporary alternative rock songs, such as The Flaming Lips’ “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” sound good and offer the only true opportunities for the mix to breathe. Dialogue is clean and intelligible, just as one would want for a film like this, and the mix works for the material.

Supplemental Materials

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Looking at the amount of bonus material provided on I Love You, Man, it seems that a lot of material was trimmed from the film, but it was all for the best. That doesn’t mean that looking through it here doesn’t provide some fine amusement, however, and kudos to DreamWorks for providing all the outtakes, extended and deleted scenes and the making-of in 1080p/24 high definition.

The supplements available on this release are:

  • Commentary by director John Hamburg, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel
  • The Making of I Love You, Man (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:17.21)
  • Extras (1.78:1; 1080p/24) — Outtakes:
    • Whole Bunch of Tongue
    • This is My Nightmare
    • Barry & Denise — America’s Sweethearts
    • Tevin Teaches Peter the Art of Selling Houses
    • My Dinner with Doug
    • Riding ‘Marlena’
    • Klavenisms
    • Tevin Teaches Peter the Art of Sign Language
    • City Slacka — Paul Rudd Tries to Get Through One Line
  • Extended Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24) —
    • Ladies Night
    • Engagement Dinner
    • Tuxedo Shopping
    • The Grove
    • Rush Concert
    • The Wedding
  • Deleted Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24) —
    • The Lost Man Date — Rugby
    • Gay Bowling League Night
    • Groomsmen Photo Session
  • Gag Reel (1.85:1; 1080p/24; 0:11.25)
  • Red Band Trailer (1.85:1; 1080p/24; Dolby Digital 5.1)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

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Not as offensive or surrealistically humorous as a Judd Apatow film and not as flowery as most romantic comedies, I Love You, Man strikes an interesting balance between the two worlds of the guy film and the romantic comedy making it the perfect date film for both guys and girls. It’s oddly charming, honest, and amusing, even if not uproariously funny.  DreamWorks’ high definition transfer to Blu-ray is solid and the lossless audio is acceptable for the material at hand. Add to all of this the heavy dose of 1080p extras, and I Love You, Man is a clear winner on Blu-ray Disc.

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