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TWO GIRLS AND A GUY ($30) is largely a three character, single set play that is transcribed to the film medium. Without the distractions of the outside world to encroach on the story, TWO GIRLS AND A GUY is all about the characters and the acting. Fortunately, Robert Downey Jr. is on hand to do what he does best- bring his character to unbridled life and mesmerize the audience. The premise of TWO GIRLS AND A GUY follows Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner) and Carla (Heather Graham) as the two women encounter each other on the way to meet their respective boyfriends. During the course of their conversation, Lou and Carla come to realize that their boyfriends are one and the same person- Blake Allen (Robert Downey, Jr.). The focus of the film then becomes the women’s confrontation with their cheating boyfriend, as well as a character deconstruction of Blake, and examination into the nature of modern relationships and the male ego. As I stated earlier, Downey is a mesmerizing screen presence and makes every moment of the character drama worthwhile. Both Wagner and Graham acquit themselves quite well, Graham more so, but it’s Downey’s show.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made TWO GIRLS AND A GUY available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Both the R-Rated Version and NC-17-Rated Version are offered on the disc. The 1080p presentation is really quite nice for a little, low budget film that was shot on a tight timetable. Image clarity and detail are usually strong, as are the levels of fine detail and texturing. Close-ups shine as they are the most fully resolved. Some softer shots are part of the mix, but nothing seems out of sorts. Colors are warm and maybe just a tad overripe, as the film seems to place a strong emphasis on the redder area of the palette. Blacks are accurate, but the whites seem influenced by the warmer tones. The elements from which TWO GIRLS AND A GUY has been mastered are quite clean. Grain is ever present, which maintains an organic quality.

TWO GIRLS AND A GUY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Considering that TWO GIRLS AND A GUY is largely a three-character play, it should come as no surprise that the sound design is primarily dialogue driven. Sounds seem localized to the forward hemisphere, but there is good stereo imaging across the front for the musical passages. Fidelity is very strong in terms of music and producing convincing sound effects. The bass channel adds some weight, but has relatively little to do. English and Spanish Dolby Surround tracks have also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with writer/director James Toback, as well as actors Robert Downey Jr. and Natasha Gregson Wagner. Next is A Conversation With James Toback, which runs twenty-one minutes. A Theatrical Trailer closes out the extras.

TWO GIRLS AND A GUY is an entertaining character based drama that is highlighted by Robert Downey Jr.’s outstanding performance. The Blu-ray features a surprisingly strong presentation of the low budget film. If you are a fan, Bu-ray is the way to go.



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