NEW LINE/WB has released "HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU" on blu-ray and dvd. Based on the best-seller, this comedy/drama focuses on the lives of various 20/30 somethings, living in Baltimore. One of the main characters, Gigi, has always suffered with relationships, as is made clear in the tender, moving opening sequence wherein as a child, a young boy pushes her and harasses her, and an adult tells her that's "how boys show they like you." Jumping into adulthood, Gigi is looking for Mr. Right but always getting and wrongly interpreting signs from Mr. Wrong. Neil, (Ben Affleck)an amiable guy worrying about taking the crucial step towards marriage, may lose the relationship he has with Beth(Jennifer Aniston). Janine(Jennifer Connelly) is trying to focus on home remodeling, while her husband, Ben,(Bradley Cooper)is lusting for Anna,(Scarlett Johansson). And, so on! Some of these characters' dilemmas are interesting, but some grow tiresome very quickly and bring the film to a sluggish pace, just when it calls for increased momentum. While Ben's growing relationship with Anna is intriguing, merely watching his disintegrating marriage is not! And, this doesn't seem to be some kind of parallel metaphor for their relationship! It's just poor editing and writing in their scenes. The film had been delayed from its theatrical release for some period, for retooling, but it doesn't seem to have fixed some of its inherent problems. Every scene involving Drew Barrymore is completely ridiculous, and even embarrassing to watch. Thankfully, they are few!
The film is targeted towards a female audience, and a high proportion appear to like the film in its entirety, able to look over its worst segments. But, "HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU" is unlikely to win over most male viewers, being such a intentional "girl's" film.
NEW LINE/WB has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray. For the most part, the image is wonderful. Colors tend to be rich, and very few scenes fall flat, with the great majority offering the "jump-off-the-screen" depth one hopes for with blu-ray.
Fleshtones appear natural throughout. The only complaint lies in its inconsistent contrast, with darker scenes lacking the fine detail achieved in the rest of the image. A very good transfer!
NEW LINE/WB has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's largely front focused, as is the case with most comedy mixes. However ambient effects are well utilized for street sounds and bar scenes, as well as enhancing the film's score. Dynamic range is excellent, and dialogue is sharp throughout. The lossy mix offers notably better fidelity than the standard Dolby Digital mix of the dvd format.
Some extras have been included, and all are presented in HD! These include: Extended scenes, deleted scenes(all rightfully cut!), a short featurette in which the director, Ken Kwapis, dissects a particular scene. Also, a behind-the-scenes featurette. Not having been a fan of the film, these didn't feel too worthwhile, but a female fan loved them.