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The 40 Year Old Virgin - Unrated Double Your Pleasure Edition (HD-DVD + DVD)


Picture: B/B-†††† Sound: B/B-†††† Extras: B+†††† Film: B



Sometimes you can get too much of a good thing. The theatrical release of The 40 Year Old Virgin contained the perfect balance of fun and raunch, presenting flawed but lovable characters and a neat story about extended childhood and fear of intimacy. This extended version includes 17 minutes of extra footage that serves only to muddy the waters a bit, adding little additional spice to the mix.


The additional raunch and ad-libbing worked back into this version distract from the flow achieved by the tight script and pacing of the theatrical release, but not enough to ruin the film as some have suggested. The ideal solution for "40 Year Old" purists out there would have been to include both versions in this package. Still, this version maintains the laughs and lovability of the theatrical release, but does suffer from some bloat. For the curious some of the more important extra scenes include: a college flashback where Andy (played by Steve Carrell) struggles to remove a woman's bra, extended porno viewing scene where Andy imagines his own voice emanating from the actress' mouth, a poker scene with alternate dialogue, an amusing exchange between Andy and Beth (Elizabeth Banks) that flows like the old "Who's on First" bit from Abbott and Costello.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on the HD-DVD is better than the new or previous standard DVD, but is still just richer enough to be the best picture performer.The HD-DVDís Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix is better than the standard Dolby on the two DVD versions, but again not by much and in this case because the comedy is dialogue-based for the most part.This newer DVD is more loaded with extras, so it is the preferred version if you do not have HD-DVD.The HD-DVD has all the extras, old and new.


The extras in this box include a raft of deleted scenes, the highlight of which is a much-extended version of the Date-a-palooza scene that provides a few more laughs, but also some unfunny, almost head-scratching moments. Also included is a feature-length commentary track featuring Apatow, Carell, Rudd and several other members of the cast.


Overall this offering is not the disaster some "purists" (if a sex-comedy can have purists) make it out to be, but if the theatrical version scores a B+, this one is merely a B.



-†† Scott R. Pyle


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