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I am a sucker for any new movie that features the legendary Betty White, who just happened to have had an amazing resurgence in popularity at the tender age of eighty-eight. YOU AGAIN ($40) is the latest film to feature White, and the actress proves to be one of the films best comedic assets. While the film offers a number of amusing moments, and the actors give it their all, YOU AGAIN doesn’t quite jell due to a somewhat lackluster screenplay. The premise of YOU AGAIN finds Kristen Bell in the role of Marni, a successful public relations executive, who has just been promoted to vice president with the New York office of her firm. However, the success Marni has found in business eluded her throughout her high school years, when acne, glasses and braces put her on the lowest rung of the social strata, and made her a target for the school’s mean girls, who tormented her at every opportunity.

Coming home to attend her brother’s wedding, Marni discovers that her brother’s fiancée Joanna (Odette Yustman) is in actuality Jay-Jay, the alpha mean girl who made Marni’s high school years a nightmare. Although Joanna seems completely different than she was in high school, and claims to not remember Marni, Marni is unwilling to let the past go until Joanna apologizes. Comic coincidences arise when Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) arrives for the wedding, and turns out to be former friend of Marni’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis)- with the two older women also sharing a troubled relationship during their high school years. As expected, the bad blood between both generations leads to comic complications that threaten to derail the wedding. The cast of YOU AGAIN also features Victor Garber, James Wolk, Kristin Chenoweth (always a delight), Sean Wing, Kyle Bornheimer, Billy Unger, Patrick Duffy, Reginald VelJohnson, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Catherine Bach, Dwayne Johnson and Cloris Leachman.

Touchstone Home Entertainment has made YOU AGAIN available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. YOU AGAIN comes with a near demonstration quality 1080p presentation, which is the movie’s best asset next to Betty White. Image sharpness, dimensionality and fine detail are all truly impressive. Colors are rich, vibrant, fully saturated and reproduced without flaws. Additionally, the flesh tones come across in an exceedingly pleasing manner. Blacks are pure, as are the whites, plus the contrast is very smooth. No complaints on shadow detail either. The elements from which YOU AGAIN has been mastered demonstrate virtually no imperfections. While the level of grain is usually pretty minimal, there is just enough to make the presentation seem organic.

YOU AGAIN is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. While the video impresses, the audio is fairly average, as YOU AGAIN comes equipped with a standard issue, talky comedy mix. The outlying channels see occasional active effects spread throughout, but for the most part the movie is dialogue driven, so much of the sound is front and center. Of course, the musical component does engage to provide the forward soundstage with a stereo presence. As for the surround channels, they provide the usual complement of ambience and fill. Thanks to the lossless encode, the music 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. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Featurettes and other programs include: Following Fickman: On Set With The Director (seven minutes), Ask The Cast (one minute) and Funny Or Die (three minutes of faux interviews). Deleted/Extended Scenes with director introductions, a Blooper Dance Party and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras.  Disc two offers a DVD copy of the movie for those who are on the fence about making the upgrade to Blu-ray.

YOU AGAIN has a number of amusing moments and a cast that makes the most of the material, including the legendary Betty White. The video presentation on Blu-ray is demonstration quality and makes YOU AGAIN worth a peek.


You Again (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2010)


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