The trailer for “13 GOING ON 30” looked like nothing more than a
retelling of “BIG”, but from a girl’s perspective.  While there are
similarities, there’s much more to “13 GOING ON 30” than what the
previews suggest.  Not being a fan of Jennifer Garner, it’s even more
surprising to find how terrific she is here. She’s believable in the
most “unbelievable” of circumstances.  The set-up for her
transformation from Jenna, an awkward schoolgirl with braces to a
young woman, is actually well-conceived(as far as these
transformations can be)and it sets up the tone and character insight
for what to expect later.  The events that immediately follow Jenna
as she awakens in her new adult body, next to a naked boyfriend, are
often hilarious, and sometimes moving. “13 GOING ON 30” is the kind
of film that brings much more to the table than is expected. 
 Even within the fantasy elements of this story, there’s a strong
sense of reality and introspection taking place. “13 GOING ON 30” is
a wonderful film that can be enjoyed and re-seen many times over! 
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with
16:9 enhancement.  Colors are solid and extremely rich.  Going with
its bright, upbeat atmosphere, the entire look of the film is vibrant
and detailed.  FLAWLESS! 
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  It’s an
entertaining mix, with a fair share of surround/directional moments.
The music, featuring some great tunes from the ‘80s, is well
complimented, but unfortunately overshadowed by other effects in most
scenes. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
While there are some extras designed for youngsters, COLUMBIA TRISTAR
has also included some supplements for film lovers as well.  Director
Winick provides a fine commentary, giving insight into the film’s
development.  Another commentary with producers is also offered, but
too dry to entertain.  A “DELETED SCENE” segment is included,
providing numerous worthwhile moments. We also get two music videos
from the ‘80s. Unfortunately, neither have been remixed for Dolby
Digital 5.1.  Add a photo gallery and even more, and this is a great
“Special Edition.”