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Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2008

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"Juno" (Blu-ray)

movie-juno.jpgSynopsis

High school junior Juno MacGuff (Page) finds that she is pregnant by her shy boyfriend Paulie Bleeker (Cera). She tells her father Mac (Simmons) and mother Bren (Janney), who are of course, shocked, but they are supportive of her decision to have the baby and turn it over to Mark (Bateman) and Vanessa (Garner) Loring, who will pay all of Juno's maternity expenses.

In the meantime, everyone at her highschool is scandalized by her carefree attitude, meaning she is not ashamed of herself at all. In fact, she is proud that she will be able to make a childless couple happy.

So, the story follows her as she deals with the whole thing pragmatically, and, being a very petite young lady, becomes almost as wide as she is tall.

 

Specifications

  • Fox Searchlight
    2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 28 Mbps
  • English DD 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Directed by Jason Reitman
  • Starring Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ellen Page, Michael Cera, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Althought it didn't get good reviews, I thought the movie was very entertaining, and put what otherwise might be a very embarrassing event for most teenagers, in a positive light from the standpoint that there are so many childless couples out there, having an abortion is not necessarily the most obvious or best solution. I get the strong feeling that this was the purpose of the movie, and I think it delivered the message beautifully.

Technical

At 26 Mbps, the image is faultless. Whether the movie has a lot of CGI or not does not seem to be the deciding factor in choosing a bit rate for movies. It seems to be simply the length of the movie and whether or not the extras will be on a separate disc. In this case, the extras have to be on a second disc because it has a digital copy for uploading to your video iPod if you like.

The high def soundtrack utilizes DTS-HD Master Audio. This is not really a sound-intensive movie, so I suspect there might not be any audible difference between the HD audio tracks and plain old DD 5.1.

Extras

Besides the digital copy, there are Director/Screenwrite commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel, screen tests, and other things.