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Post Grad [Blu-ray]

 

(Vicky Jenson, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

Review by Leonard Norwitz

 

Studio:

Theatrical: Montecito Picture Company

Blu-ray: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

Disc:

Region: A

Runtime: 88 min.

Chapters: 24

Size: 50 GB

Case: Standard Blu-ray Case

Release date: January 12, 2009

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p

Video codec: AVC @ 32.5 Mbps

 

Audio:

English DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1; DUB: Spanish, French & Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Subtitles:

English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese & Thai

 

Extras:

• Deleted and Alternate Scenes (13:35)

• “One Day” Music Video By Zach Gilford (3:33)

• Real Life Advice with Alexis Bledel and Zach Gilford (4:15)

• Know Your Strengths: Career Advice from author Marcus Buckingham (5:50)

• How Not To Get A Job (3:20)

• A Guide To Moving Back Home (2:45)

• Dress For Success (2:00)

• Post Grad Confidential (13:40)

• Find Your Match! The Best Job For You (Interactive)

• What Not To Wear (Interactive)

 

 

The Film: 5
Ryden Malby ("Gilmore Girl "Alexis Bledel) has a master plan: Graduate college, get a great job as a book editor with the most prestigious publishing company in L.A., hang out with her best friend, Adam (Zach Gilford; Friday Night Lights), and find the perfect guy – And therein lies the rub, seeing as how Adam is not gay and has been in love with Ryden all his life. Ryden's plan spins out of control when she’s forced to move back home with her eccentric family. Michael Keaton (Batman), veteran comedienne Carol Burnett, and Jane Lynch (“Glee”) co-star in this offbeat romantic comedy from producer Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Up in the Air).

 


 

Image: 7/8   NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The first number indicates a relative level of excellence compared to other Blu-ray video discs on a ten-point scale. The second number places this image along the full range of DVD and Blu-ray discs.

The print is spotless and seems to have no significant transfer issues. Sharpness varies from good to soft, contrast and color appears to be about as intended. Shadow detail is adequate. Bit rate is unusually high for a production such as this. The result is unremarkable, but seeing as how it's in focus, it probably looks better than it did at the multiplex.

 

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Audio & Music: 6/7
Even for a simple comedy there could have been more attention to ambiance, as at the beach, the office, the mall, inside the coffin (I jest). There was a mildly reliable effort in the club where Zach sings his song for Alexis - which I rather liked, by the way. The dialogue is always clear, even in scenes with some commotion.
 

Operations: 4
Hidden menus are the order of the day here. A Play All would have been nice for about a half dozen of the briefer related segments.

 

 

Extras: 4
What we appear to have here is a case of quantity over substance – though, to be fair, I'm not at all sure what substantive extra features could have been offered in place of these. The two interactive segments have potential, but are played just for smiles. "Post Grad Confidential" is a self-congratulating making-of feature kicked off by the screenwriter, Kelly Fremon.
 

 

Bottom line: 5
Post Grad is a harmless romantic comedy that doesn't stay long in any of the rooms whose doors it opens. The characters are charming enough and might be enough for a mindless rental.

Leonard Norwitz
January 15th, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

About the Reviewer: I first noticed that some movies were actually "films" back around 1960 when I saw Seven Samurai (in the then popular truncated version), La Strada and The Third Man for the first time. American classics were a later and happy discovery.

My earliest teacher in Aesthetics was Alexander Sesonske, who encouraged the comparison of unlike objects. He opened my mind to the study of art in a broader sense, rather than of technique or the gratification of instantaneous events. My take on video, or audio for that matter – about which I feel more competent – is not particularly technical. Rather it is aesthetic, perceptual, psychological and strongly influenced by temporal considerations in much the same way as music. I hope you will find my musings entertaining and informative, fun, interactive and very much a work in progress.


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