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Jennifer's evilÖ
No. I mean, she's actually evil. Not high school evil.

JENNIFER'S BODY ($40) is a knowing and mildly tongue-in-cheek horror offering that I found difficult to resist. The movie has a great sense of the ironic and some cool, bitchy dialogue that is made even more humorous in its context. Add the lovelies Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried to the mix and JENNIFER'S BODY is the perfect recipe for success. In JENNIFER'S BODY Megan Fox is the title character, that really hot, popular and unapproachable girl that we all remember from high school. Despite her popularity, promiscuity and bitch goddess standing, Jennifer has been a lifelong friend with Anita "Needy" Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried), a girl who fits in at the other end of the high schoolís social strata. Needy seems to be at Jenniferís beck and call- thusly blowing off a date with her boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons), when Jennifer decides to drag her off to a local dive bar to hear an indie rock band called Low Shoulder play a gig.

A disaster at the venue results in Jennifer and Needy becoming separated, with Jennifer being spirited away in the bandís van, while Needy returns home alone. Unfortunately for Jennifer, the members of Low Shoulder mistake her for a virgin and sacrifice her to Satan as a means of becoming successful rock stars. However, since Jennifer is not even a backdoor virgin anymore, the human sacrifice failsÖ and Jenniferís body becomes possessed by a demon. Soon, Jennifer is feasting on high school boys, and Needy starts to think her friendship with Jennifer may have run its course. The cast of JENNIFER'S BODY also features Adam Brody, Sal Cortez, Ryan Levine, Juan Riedinger, Colin Askey, Chris Pratt, Juno Ruddell, Kyle Gallner, Josh Emerson, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Cynthia Stevenson, Bill Fagerbakke and an uncredited Lance Henriksen.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made JENNIFER'S BODY 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 original Theatrical Version and the Unrated Version of the film are present on the disc. The 1080p presentations are pretty terrific; making for fairly demo worthy material in hi-def. Image sharpness and fine details are excellent. JENNIFER'S BODY has been attractively photographed so the image is always very sharp and delivers terrific detail and dimensionality. Fine details such as flaws in the actors skin, individual hairs and textures on objects are always easily discernible. Colors appear fully saturated, while the flesh tones are highly attractive. Blacks are pure, whites are crisp, plus the picture produces wonderfully smooth contrast and terrific shadow detail. The elements from which JENNIFER'S BODY have been mastered are free from flaws. A fine element of grain is present, which maintains an organic quality.

JENNIFER'S BODY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. There is a whole lot of activity during the movie, not just lots of dialogue scenes, so the sound design does have a number of opportunities to make aggressive use of the entire soundstage. All the discrete channels are well implemented for sound effects placement, plus the effects whip around the sound field effectively- the demon attacks work exceedingly well. There is plenty of atmosphere and creepy sound effects to set the right mood and raise the tension level. Thanks to the lossless encode, fidelity is pretty terrific. There is plenty of music on the track, which sounds great. The bottom end of the track also has a surprising amount of force. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the filmís dialogue is always completely understandable. French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the discís interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Starting things off are two running Audio Commentaries included on the Blu-ray Disc; the first is on the Theatrical Version and features writer Diablo Cody and director Kathryn Kusama, while the second is on Unrated Version and is with director Kathryn Kusama. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Fox Movie Channel Presents 'Life After Film School' With Diablo Cody (twenty six minutes), Jennifer's Body: The Dead Pool (fourteen minutes), Video Diaries (thirteen minutes), Megan Fox Is Hot (under one minute) and Megan Fox Peer Pressure PSA (under one minute). Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras. A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

With its mildly tongue-in-cheek qualities and smart dialogue, JENNIFER'S BODY is not a straight on horror movie, but it has sufficient gore to please fans. The Blu-ray presentation is terrific, so if you want to see JENNIFER'S BODY, hi-def is the way to go. Recommended.



Jennifer's Body (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009)


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