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On the surface HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU ($36) would seem to be extolling that ninety-nine percent of men are worthless dogs who mistreat women, while the women themselves have been conditioned into thinking that said mistreatment is a sign of the menís interest in them, and that this makes men redeemable. When one looks past the obvious flaws in that message, one will find a lightly sweet romantic comedy about the difficulties in making a connection with the opposite sex and finding true love. Featuring a large ensemble cast, HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU tells a series of interweaving tales about romantic misadventures of a group of twenty and thirty-something year olds in the Baltimore area.

Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), repeatedly misinterprets the signals from men and attempts to pursue those disinterested individuals, that is, until Alex (Justin Long) starts explaining exactly what every phrase and gesture coming from these potential suitors actually means. Conor (Kevin Connolly) is an example of Gigiís misguided interest, as he is actually interested in Anna (Scarlett Johansson), with whom he share a friendship, as well as romantic feelings. Unfortunately for Conor, Anna is really interested in Ben (Bradley Cooper), a married man who still professes his love for his wife Janine (Jennifer Connelly), despite their obvious marital problems. Although Beth (Jennifer Aniston) her boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck) have been together for seven years, and would seem to have the healthiest relationship, his inability to commit to marriage leaves her with doubts their future. Finally, there is Mary (Drew Barrymore, who is also the executive producer of the film), who tries to find Mister Right through online dating resources, but this scenario always ends with terrible results.

New Line Home Entertainment has made HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation is really quite nice, which makes this an attractive looking Blu-ray. While HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU isnít ever going to be considered a hi-def demo disc, I have to say that image sharpness, depth and fine detail are really rather nice for a romantic comedy. Still, the cinematography lacks the hard edginess of an action movie, so those who use such films as their measuring stick, may think that HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU comes across as a hair soft. Colors are warm and nicely saturated, plus the disc produces some pretty appealing flesh tones. The blacks are usually accurate and whites appear crisp. Contrast and shadow detail are all they need to be for this type of undemanding material. The film elements from which HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU has been mastered are free from defects. Very little grain is usually present, which may indicate a bit of digital processing, but fortunately the actors never look like animated waxworks exhibits.

HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. As expected, this is a fairly standard romantic comedy mix, with the outlying channels engaging occasionally for mild sound effect placement. While HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is almost always on talky side, ambience and fill help the sound design to create fairly natural sonic environments. Thanks to the lossless encode, the musical component gets a nice boost in fidelity, which enhances the score and songs on the soundtrack. As for the bass channel, it has little to do other than keeping the sound grounded. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few extras. Featurettes include: Baltimore Blade: The Relationship Issue, How Six Words Inspired A Book And A Movie and The Director Stages A Scene: Duet For Telephones. Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Ken Kwapis close out the standard extras. HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

Although not perfect, HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is a lightly sweet romantic comedy with appeal. The Blu-ray presentation is very nice.



He's Just Not That Into You [Blu-ray] (2009)


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