Judd Apatow makes his mark on Blu-ray with This Is 40, the sort-of sequel to ‘Knocked Up‘, which we all know is just a simple spin-off. Like its predecessor, the title actually means “This is 40 Minutes Too Long.” I like long movies myself, but even I had to look over at the clock a few times. The film takes a look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up.
This is 40 gracefully ages onto Blu-ray with a spectacular color as natural greens pop and tougher colors, such as red, are gracefully toned and perfectly handled. It’s not rare to see the Blu-ray release of such a recently produced film to have such a perfect MPEG-4 AVC encode video transfer. Shadows have strong depth, accurate skin tones and somehow a wonderful lack of DNR (digital noise reduction) and edge enhancement. Everything in regards to the film feels completely natural and is completely faithful to the source film, but it’s not a film you’d sample your new HDTV on.
Being a dialogue heavy film, This is 40 is definitely lacking and makes little-to-no use of its English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio most of the time, but it doesn’t completely kill the transfer as dialogue is always completely crisp, music is always a front-runner and it doesn’t overstay its welcome on low-frequency effects. Definitely a fine presentation in this regard.
This film arrives in an Exclusive Unrated Cut, which runs at a yawning 2 Hrs. 17 Mins. The theatrical cut runs only three minutes shorter, so we can just assume it’s more of a marketing ploy, because you can’t really tell which scenes you haven’t seen in the theater.
DVD + Digital Copy
The Making of This Is 40 – This feature doesn’t really go in depth as there probably weren’t many trials and tribulations to the making of – Judd has already earned the right to make whichever film he wants – although it’s quite entertaining to watch if you want behind-the-scenes.
“More” Deleted Scenes – Unsurprisingly, there are almost an hour’s worth of deleted and alternate scenes. A lot of it is very funny, so it’s definitely worth a good look — including the mention of Belle and Sebastian.
Gag Reel, Line-O-Rama, Music, Feature Commentary with Judd Apatow, Fresh Air with Terry Gross (WHYY, Inc.), and much more.
Chances are, you probably know how Judd Apatow works. His movies have gone over towards becoming a little more of dramas, but he’s definitely becoming a master at his own art. The Blu-ray comes neatly wrapped with a fantastic Blu-ray disc, a DVD disc and an SD Digital Copy. The initial release comes with an embossed slipcover, which is almost a standard over at Universal and French, Spanish and English subs. If you’re a fan of Apatow’s Funny People or 40-Year-Old-Virgin, you’ll easily ease This is 40 onto your already expanding Blu-ray collection. BUY IT.