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"Funny People" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Adam Sandler stars as George Simmons, a successful stand up comic and movie star who discovers that he has an aggressive form of cancer. After a younger comedian, Ira Wright (Seth Rogan) takes a few shots at him during his act at a club, George takes Ira under his wing to help him with his act, and serve as his personal assistant. As George thinks more about his life and how he wants to live it, he tries to reconnect with the woman that he loved, but who left him, but will he really change his life around given another chance to do so?p>

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr, 26 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, Jason Schwartzman
  • Directed by Judd Apatow
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  • Violence: Very Light
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Very Bad

Commentary

Directed and written by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up), I came in expecting a movie in the same style as those, but got something much different than I expected. While still full of the same style of humor as those films, it does take a much more somber and serious tone at many points, often not really being funny at all. However, it did suck everyone in that was watching it by a certain point, and no one wanted to stop until they found out what happened, but I don't think it will have the replay value that his previous films do for me.

Technical

Funny People has a very nice transfer, with good detail, no blemishes in the print that I could see, strong black levels, and a lack of digital artifacts. The way that the film was shot doesn't allow for the image to pop as much as other titles, but it looks very nice. The soundtrack also does a nice job, with good use of the surrounds to add extra ambiance to their locations instead of only being used for songs as is often the case. The film is very dialogue focused and the majority of the soundtrack is from the front three speakers, but it does a good job overall of putting you in the locations of the film.

Extras

This comes as a two disc set featuring both the theatrical and directors cuts of the film, audio commentary, gag reels, deleted scenes, alternate takes, production featurettes, extended scenes and alternate takes, expanded segments of the fake TV shows and movies featured in the film, trailers, stand up segments, and more. This is really a fully loaded set of discs and has enough extras to keep you watching for a long time. The fact that the cast, when just improvising as they are in many of these, are very funny helps as well.