SRP $29.99 2.35:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 
SRP $29.99 2.35:1 DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

At 35, Matthew McConaughey's character in "FAILURE TO LAUNCH" has still not left his parent's home. He's come to the conclusion that there's no real incentive to fly from the nest, not with free room and board, food and more. If one can get past the premise of a guy as attractive as McConaughey "wanting" to live at home, the rest of the film is generally light and breezy. Not much to think about afterwards, but it's entertaining enough to recommend. His parents conveniently find that Sara Jessica Parker has a business built around getting older children to leave their parent's home by making them become smitten with her. "THIS" may be the hardest part to believe, as this critic can't get Parker's alleged sex appeal.  It's not hard to predict what's going to happen with these two as soon as meet, but "FAILURE TO LAUNCH" plays like Tolstoy compared to the far worse comedy, "HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS."

PARAMOUNT has released "FAILURE TO LAUNCH" in both HD-DVD and Blu-ray formats.  The Blu-ray format offers a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer and the HD-DVD offers a 1080p/VC-1 transfer. Both are in the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Fortunately, both are virtually indistinguishable from one another. However, there are a few instances wherein the BLU-RAY has a slightly brighter image.  Colors are rich and vibrant, and detail is exceptional in both formats, providing numerous scenes with a "popping off of the screen" effect! The production design is impressive and the external location shots encompassing much of the film look sensational and noticeably better than the standard dvd version.

PARAMOUNT has provided A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for both formats. The mixes are indistinguishable from one another. Being a typical comedy mix, this isn't an aggressive mix, with the majority of effects delegated to the front soundstage. There are sporadic surround moments, but the mix is generally unremarkable unless the less than memorable score is being boosted. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. Both mixes offer better dynamic range than the standard dvd.

A variety of featurettes has been carried over from the standard dvd.