PictureDan in Real Life comes to Blu-ray with a gorgeous 1080p High Definition video presentation in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 widescreen. Detail is good throughout, from the longer, more crowded scenes, to the closer headshots and reaction shots. There's no softness, and no edge enhancement, with very little noticeable grain, and certainly nothing to detract from your viewing pleasure. The cinematography is actually pretty good for a movie of this type, and it is a welcome relief that the video rendition represents it so well. The colour scheme, given the slightly damp setting, is actually quite broad and luscious, the palette represented well throughout, with blacks retaining depth for all of the darker scenes. Overall it is a pretty good effort.
SoundTo accompany the movie on its Blu-ray release we get a top of the range (at least from a specifications point of view) Uncompressed PCM 5.1 mix, which is arguably more than this movie requires. Still, it is a better presentation than most fans would have expected, and it certainly showcases this aurally subtle affair in its best light. Dialogue is the bread and butter of this particular rom-com, and it gets prime presentation, coming across never less than clearly and coherently, dominating the fronts and centre channels for the most part. The effects are mostly atmospheric, environmental noises, but are all accurately rendered, and make the movie feel all the more authentic. The score is never intrusive, often accompanying the onscreen dynamics but never really standing out - which is arguably a good thing (although there are a couple of nice song tracks that are marked exceptions) as the focus is often on the dialogue. Bass is almost non-existent, but what did you expect? Overall this is easily the best audio presentation for this material, even if it is not exactly the kind of stuff you would ever consider using to show off your home cinema equipment.
VerdictAppealing to all manner of people in all stages of their lives, Dan in Real Life is a superb small-scale relationship study, with some particularly insightful characters and some honest performances. On Blu-ray the release appears to hit all the right notes, with a superb video presentation, as well as a decent enough audio track. There are some nice extras to round off the disc and, overall, this one comes recommended. If you're at all unsure then it's certainly worth a rental, and fans are unlikely to be disappointed by adding this disc to their collection.
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