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Jeff, Who Lives At Home Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Description
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: R
  • Run Time: 82 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: June 19th, 2012
  • List Price: $40.99

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

Jeff, Who Lives At Home tells the story of Jeff (Jason Segel), a man looking for the meaning of life. As a slacker, who so his parents label him as, he stumbles each day to seemingly figure out how to complete basic parts of life. No, Jeff doesn’t have a mental disorder; rather, he just seems like he hasn’t found his calling in life. As he searches for enlightenment, he uncovers the answer to his nagging family’s problems. Along the way, Jeff’s friend Pat (Ed Helms) attempts to help him figure everything out. What results is a small little film that truly had a bigger impact than I could have ever imagined.

Jeff, Who Lives At Home took me by complete surprise. I hadn’t heard of the film before receiving in this screener, nor do I think I ever would have. Nothing wrong with the film itself, more it’s that in the world of films, there’s so many that come out, that I’m sure this would’ve fallen under my radar. Regardless of that though, Jeff is a great film. It’s quiet at times, very subtle in tone at first. However, by the end of the movie, I was definitely taken in by its message.

The idea of searching for your destiny, your path, the real meaning of your life and why you’re here, is nothing new in film. Countless have tackled this concept, but few have hit it as well as this movie does. Perhaps because the excellent acting by nearly all those involved (particularly Helms and Segel landed that one-two punch quite well), the simple tone really takes a deeper meaning. A far deeper, more impactful feeling than I would have ever thought. I’m not going to give a lot away here. I’ll just say that at a mere 82 minutes in length, Jeff, Who Lives At Home is a movie everyone should see.

Video Quality

[Rating:5/5]

The film’s 1:78:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer is excellent. Filmed using the Red One MX cinematographic high definition camera, the image is just a pure, consistently fantastic, demo worthy, title from start to finish. The color palette features a wide range of colors. Whether the subtle blues of Jeff’s hoodie or the darker grays during the rain storm, every color showcases fine detail. Speaking of detail, textures offer up little intricate detail (fabric), while facial close-ups and flesh tones result in accurate (although somewhat muted) contrast levels. Perhaps due to my enjoyment of the film, I couldn’t really find any major fault with this transfer. Truly a perfect job here Paramount.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Jeff, Who Lives At Home arrives with a great DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. While there is a wide range of atmosphere built into the mix due to the film being a dialogue driven movie, I was still wholly impressed with the subtlety of this mix. Dialogue is ever so clean, with no instance of drop out or muddled dialogue. There are occasional background effects, like that of dialogue chatter between characters off focus or the hustle and bustle of a restaurant. LFE is mostly quiet, only given a slight response when the film’s score by Michael Andrews drops a bit low. This is a demo worthy mix as I feel the video transfer may be. Moreover this is just an example of a fine, quality mix.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0.5/5]

Unfortunately, no real features (outside of a Digital Copy) are included.

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy – A code is included allowing viewers to check out the film using Ultraviolet.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

Normally a film like this might not be anything special as we all stumble through each day looking for meaning to our lives; however, the acting by Segel and Helms make this more like something we can relate to instead of a typical Hollywood film. Paramount has delivered the film with a top notch, demo worthy video presentation, as well as an equally impressive audio mix. Give this one a look, you won’t regret it.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0.5/5]

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