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SRP $39.98 1.85:1 DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless 5.1 FOX
 

While the comparisons of "JUNO" to the vastly superior "LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE" are unfounded, "JUNO" is a decent film, with a fair share of laughs, fine acting, and offering a genuine sweetness, all too rare in most films of late.

Ellen Page gives a decent performance as the title character, a wise(in some ways)beyond her years, 15 year old girl, who finds out she's pregnant after her first one-time sexual experience with the amiable Michael Cena(Arrested Development).  While her quick wit and zingly one-liners express a smart girl, she's also smart enough to realize she can't raise the child herself and fulfill what's necessary to succeed in the world, but instead of abortion, she chooses to carry the baby to term, and let it be adopted by a good family. She hopes that the family(Jennifer Garner/Jason Bateman) she's sought after and found, is the right, deserving one.

There's a lot to like about the film. However, the script by former stripper, now screenwriter, "Diablo Cody" has as many flaws as it has merits, and its over-praise, let alone "nominations", baffles the mind!!! Sure, it's kind of jolting, and passably funny(for a few minutes)to have a 15 year old use the lines, used here, but that's because it's not the thoughts of a 15 year old, but of a former stripper! Much of "Juno's" lines sound like they're coming from a bitter, seen the world, stripper, and that's not particularly ingenious dialogue, but it is rare to find in a script!

The performances all around are good, and the atmosphere has a nice indie feel to it, without ever feeling low budget.

FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with AVC MPEG-4 encoding for this 1080p/blu-ray release.  Colors are deep, and impressive throughout. While it's not a bright looking image, contrast is excellent, allowing for great detail in darker scenes. The image never particularly offers the "jump off the screen" effect one expects from high-def, but it's still quite good, and notably better than standard dvd.  There is a surprising amount of grain present, but it only adds to the "indie" feel, and never distracts enough from the overall quality to lessen it.

FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless 5.1 mix.  The overall quality of the mix is fine, but never overly impressive. Dialogue is what stands out in this mix, and its always perfectly intelligible and front speaker focused. There are few discrete effects, and surrounds are virtually non-existent, except for enhancing the soundtrack in a few spots, and even those moments are fairly restrained. Bass effects are used but subdued.

FOX is offering plenty of extras for this release. Along with a great commentary with the films director and writer, we also get:

1)a deleted scenes section, wherein the scenes are all generally quite good!

2) featurettes(all far better than one typically expects from these!)

3) outtakes(gag reel, and great screen tests!)

4) a Digital copy!(this 2nd disc can be put into a laptop and creates an instant digital (standard dvd)presentation for computer or portable devices!