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SRP $34.95 1.85:1 PCM 5.1 BUENA VISTA

"DAN IN REAL LIFE" may very well be one of the biggest surprises of the past year for various reasons. To begin with, the trailer, inherently offering the best aspects of any film, was less than impressive. More importantly, "DANE COOK," one of the least talented, un-funny actors, finding satanic-like success in Hollywood, is also in the film. Even with these warning signs, "DAN IN REAL LIFE" manages to surprise, and subtly move the viewer, with a quiet, deliberate pace, and simple but engaging story.  Steve Carell stars as "Dan," a recently widowed columnist, serving as an expert on relationships in the successful relationship column he writes for in the local paper.  While serving as an expert on relationships, Dan doesn't have any authentic, developed ones in his own life. His struggle to be a good father, son, brother and citizen are noble, and one can't help but root loudly for the simple battles that he and others wage every day. When it appears he's breaking out of a self-exile, by checking out a bookstore, things begin to look grand for Dan, as he meets and has instant chemistry with a woman named Marie. Unfortunately, Marie ends their encounter by telling him she's involved with someone. Worse, he soon finds out, she's dating his brother!  There are so many great moments and small, wonderful surprises within the film, it would be a shame to reveal anymore. But, see this film!

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 release.  The image looks well polished throughout.  But, colors vary in quality, sporadically appearing too restrained, or bordering on over-saturation.  The level of detail is often sharp, and notably better than dvd, but it doesn't pack the whallop of other exceptional BUENA VISTA blu-ray releases. The dvd is often impressive, however colors tend to be duller than the blu-ray, and detail, notably inferior. Compared to other dvds from BUENA VISTA, this one offers contrast that's comparable with the best and fleshtones that are natural.

BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  The mix is that of a typical comedy, offering little surround involvement, even in terms of the score. However, the separation and dynamic range, while limited to the front soundstage, is impressive, and well balanced. The dvd offers a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Comparing the dvd mix with the Blu-ray, there's no notable difference. The dynamic range appears to be comparable and the level of surround involvement is no different.

A audio commentary with the film's writer/director, is surprisingly engaging. Worth listening to in its entirety!  Featurettes and deleted scenes are offered in full HD!!!!