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June 30, 2009
He's Just Not That Into You
Blu-Ray Movie Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
12/2/20099/6/2009RoadshowKen Kwapis
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
VC-1Dolby TrueHD 5.1MBen Affleck

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He's Just Not That Into You Jennifer Aniston!

If you're a Sex and the City fan then the authors of the book upon this movie is based - Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo - should be familiar. They were both writers on the hit TV series so it's no surprise to discover that this movie also follows the fortunes of several people in suburbia, and their pursuit for love with all the ups and downs which come along with relationships.

He's Just Not That Into You tells the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty and thirtysomethings as they navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life, trying to read the signs of the opposite sex... and hoping to be the exceptions to the "no exceptions" rule.

I could go into the details of every character here, but I won't. It's all pretty stereotypical; a married couple with marital difficulties, a couple who don't realise they are falling in love, a woman who will do anything to get the man she wants, a woman looking for love online, and another woman who has just split from her long time boyfriend. There are a plethora of characters surrounding them offering support and advice.

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Enjoying a fine meal together.
While I've listed Ben Affleck as the star of this movie in the detail table at the top of this page it really is an ensemble pic. Besides Ben you will also see Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson, and Justin Long as Alex. This is a great cast, no doubt about it, and each plays their roles quite brilliantly. The highlight of the entire movie though were the performances, and relationship, between Ginnifer Goodwin as Gigi and Justin Long as. Both are superb in their roles and without them, to be honest, the movie would have been quite a bore, and a chore to get through.

What I don't understand these days is Hollywood's obsession of churning out a movie which contains several separate storylines that are joined together by the thinnest of threads, if there is one at all. That is the case with this movie and the end result is a product that contains several short stories cut together to fill the two hour runtime.

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Having some drinks at the bar.
So it's not really my cup of tea, and it certainly doesn't have the most engrossing script ever (although there are some brilliant lines of dialogue), but with such a strong, and likable, cast it's hard not to find some charm in this movie.

He's Just Not That Into You comes to Blu-Ray in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 using the VC-1 codec and this is a surprisingly impressive video transfer and even more so given the very low bitrate which often hovers between 12 and 18Mbps for the most part. Colours are rich and vibrant, skin tones are realistic, finer details such as clothing and textures on items are impressive. Some scenes did appear a little soft, but it fairly well suits the romantic streak throughout the movie. The majority of the film takes place in interior locations so there isn't much opportunity for the most dazzling of presentation or scenes in this film. Still the few scenes that do take place outdoors are brilliantly vibrant and rich including those on the yacht.

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Scarlett Johannson and Drew Barrymore.
If there is one issue beyond the occasionally soft scene it’s that there tends to be some scenes which exhibit black crush. Darker objects - take Jennifer Connelly’s black hair for instance - tend to lose the fine detail and merge into black backgrounds.

Upon starting this movie this Blu-Ray disc defaults to a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track encoded at 640kbps. This movie automatically starts upon disc insertion, and it took us a couple of minutes to notice that we hadn't checked the audio track. Not the default, but a much better option is the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track also included on the disc.

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Happily sitting in a gutted house.
There are no non-English audio tracks on this disc and this Blu-Ray only includes on subtitle track - an English Descriptive audio track which is accurate to dialogue on screen and demonstrates good pacing.

For a movie which grossed $US165 million around the world I really would have expected more then the few extras provided on the disc.

Baltimore Blade: The Relationship Issue (18:33/HD): Interviews with the six principal characters or couples from the movie showing what happened after the events of the film. Pretty brief, but worth a watch if you fell in love with the characters during the movie.

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Drew Barrymore surrounded by work colleagues.
Six Words that Make Up a Film (11:04/HD): A look at how this film was created after a single line from the writers of Sex and the City. To be honest there's not a great deal of interest here and a bit too much self, and fellow film maker, praising.

The Director Stages a Scene: Duet for Telephones (4:02/HD): The director shows us a scene where chemistry between two characters must take place, but they aren't in the same location but rather, conversations take place over the phone.

Deleted Scenes (13:45/HD): Presented with optional directors commentary these deleted scenes are nicely presented and finished off, although it's pretty clear that their inclusion would have bogged down the movie further.

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Ginnifer Goodwin in He's Just Not That Into You.
With such a large list of stars we're certain you'll find a few in here you like watching at the very least. He's Just Not That Into You is a better then average movie with solid script and acting. The visual presentation is adequate, and audio impressive. Sadly the extras are a bit lacking but fans of the movie and romantic comedies could do worse then check this out on Blu-Ray.

Review By: Dave Warner


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