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SRP $36.99 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 
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SP $39.99 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

Mike Myers has created some great characters, and some really funny films. "SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER," "WAYNE'S WORLD," and the first Austin Powers film. So, it's extremely disappointing to find that his latest, "THE LOVE GURU" offers nothing that he hasn't done before. Worse, even his mediocre films, "THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME," "GOLDMEMBER," are more original and funny. The plot, dumb, even by dumb comedy standards, revolves around Guru Pitka, a guru with numerous self-help books. When Jane Bullard(Jessica Alba)inherits a hockey team, following her father's death, she seeks Pitka's help in healing the star hockey player, who has found out his wife is messing around with another player(Justin Timberlake). Timberlake is actually the funniest thing in the film, and while Alba is always great to look at, her character's lack of depth or anything here, makes the film reminiscent of "GOOD LUCK CHUCK," although not quite as bad. Most of the jokes are built around potty humor, and while that can be funny, it's not supposed to be something the script has to rely on for sure-fire laughs!

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for the dvd(16:9 enhanced) and 1080p blu-ray. Colors on both formats are terrific and rich. While both formats push towards extremes, there is never a hint of oversaturation. Contrast is impressive on both formats as well, with great detail in darker scenes. The blu-ray, however, blows away the dvd in terms of depth, offering stunning imagery with that "jump-off-the-screen" effect that standard resolution can't touch. The detail is exquisite enough to showcase the wonderful costumes, locations and more.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for blu-ray and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd. Neither is that impressive. There's nothing "bad" about the mixes, as they both offer ambient effects at various times. It's just disappointing that surrounds are generally passive. There have been comedies offering active surround presence and it'd have been nice to find that here. Even the film's score is surprisingly understated.

PARAMOUNT has included extras on both formats, including deleted scenes, outtakes, and featurettes, with all of them in HD, on the blu-ray format.