Steve Carrell stars as the lame, but amiable title character in "THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN," available on blu-ray from UNIVERSAL. Carrell plays Andy, a nerdy guy working at a electronics store, who after joining in with fellow employees from the store at a poker game, reveals his virgin status. It becomes the goal of his new "friends" and Andy to change his sexual status.
Judd Apatow's humor can be very hit-or-miss, and his reliance on filthy language, only for the sake of filthy language, wears thin quickly. Still, there's actually a lot of heart underneath all the filth here, and it's not just in Andy's character(which it is)but in the film as a whole.
The supporting cast is great, and there are enough inspired, unpredictable moments to make this a film worth viewing and revisiting several times.
UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. In comparison to the dvd, colors are notably more vibrant in every scene. Blacks are deep, providing great detail in darker scenes. Few scenes appear flat. It's a good looking transfer. Unfortunately, the DNR applied here creates unnecessary grain in various scenes. It's not continuous, but it's intrusive whenever it pops up.
UNIVERSAL has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. While slightly more aggressive than most comedy mixes, this one still isn't one to brag about(even with DTS-HD!) as the dynamic range isn't as impressive as those found on many more recent UNIVERSAL and FOX DTS-HD mixes. Surrounds are used effectively, but the subtle ambient effects aren't all that impressive.
UNIVERSAL has carried over all of the extras found on the hd-dvd and dvd plus a few more, but one needs a BD-LIVE 2.0 player to access all of them.