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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part III

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"Good Luck Chuck" (Blu-ray)

movie-good-luck-chuck-bd.jpgSynopsis

 

Meet Charlie Logan, he's a good luck charm and women are guaranteed to find true love after they sleep with him. But what seems like a blessing feels like a curse when he meets Cam, the girl of his dreams. Chuck will do anything - and anyone - to break the curse and get the girl in this raunchy, outrageous story.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
    2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • English PCM 7.1
  • English DD EX 5.1
  • Directed by Mark Helerich
  • Starring Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Good Luck Chuck continues the trend of outrageous dating comedies with over the top frankness and lude laughs. Those looking for a cuddle up romantic comedy may want to steer clear but those looking for a rather frank sex comedy might be in for a good time. I’m of mixed opinion on this film. There are definitely some funny moments in it but some of the crude humor takes me out of it emotionally. At times the humor is so crude that it detracts from the value (see the penguin excrement for an example). The dating side is thin and there is NO chemistry between the leads, but the perverse side of the film does make it passable entertainment for those that aren’t too sensitive. In the end this reminds me a lot of the older sex comedies of the 80’s that were chocked full of useless nudity and gave the young teens a reason to watch Cinemax late at night.

Technical

Lionsgate delivers a solid HD presentation with only a few minor gripes. Color rendition is excellent with great hues and saturation and a complete lack of artifacts and noise. The outdoor shots are gorgeous in terms of color definition and depth of image. Longer shots are where the transfer comes a bit short. Detail is smeared a bit and focus uniformity drifts. I was actually a bit surprised by this. It affects the transfer regardless of the lighting too. Fine object detail is quite good in close ups and dimensionality is above average.

The 7.1 PCM mix is about what I would expect from a comedy and not the kind of soundtrack that really needs the rear channels. Surrounds are used for effective ambience and environmental cues, but don’t add to much to soundstage as a whole. Dynamics are on the weaker side but this is a dialogue driven soundtrack. Some of the musical selections liven things up a bit but only enough to broaden the soundstage a bit. Given the genre though, Lionsgate delivers a solid presentation of a cut and dry sound design.

Extras

Some funny extras on this one. You get a feature commentary, lots of production themed features, deleted scenes, some goofs and alternate scenes and a music montage.