PictureThe 2.35:1 Anamorphic transfer looks very sharp and detailed with only a few small niggles over quality. There are occasions were the image manages to lose the overall sharpness here and there and things become a little soft, this however does not detract from an otherwise first rate transfer that is clean and has no issues with pixilation or other digital artefacts. Colours are rich and involving with strong blacks and detailed, natural looking flesh tones. The cinematography is first class and reproduced here in great detail with the art section sweeps looking vibrant and colourful and the unusual camera moves bringing you further into the action. A very good transfer indeed.
SoundMost Romantic comedies would never need both Dolby Digital EX and dts 5.1 soundtracks. But this is a Paul Thomas Anderson movie where even in strong dialogue driven moments, there is always some kind of sound design going on. The fantastic score to this movie is always occupying the surrounds, and there are occasional moments were there are some fantastic rear effect placements. This is no action movie, but the intelligent sound design used pulls you into the movie, sounding dynamic and natural. The dts variety just seems a little more detailed and open with better clarity and placement over the Dolby Digital mix, but whatever technology you use to watch, the design is first rate.
ExtrasThe extras like the feel of the film, are just a little strange. First off is a featurette called “Blossoms and Blood” which is a 12 minute montage of clips and art with the films score in 5.1 surround. I don't know why we get such an abstract feature but it is interesting and the score sounds brilliant. Also included are 12 scopitones of the artwork used in the movie, two deleted scenes, more artwork, a TV advert for Mattress man with Philip Seymour Hoffman and three rather odd Trailers for the movie. All the extras are on the second disc.
VerdictA rather unusual and odd take on the romantic comedy genre, with first class performances and direction. Presented here on a very good disc and comes recommended, although not everyone will enjoy.
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