Change-Up, The

Featured In Issue 162, December 2011

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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R / Unrated
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Pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use
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David Dobkin
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In The Change-Up, a family man and a womanizer realize the grass isn't always greener, when these lifelong friends suddenly find themselves thrown into the good, the bad, and the outrageous of each other's lives. Despite having grown up together, these two couldn't lead more different lives today; Dave (Bateman) is a workaholic lawyer, husband, and father of three, while ladies' man Mitch (Reynolds) lives a single and virtually responsibility-free existence. Over a few too many drinks one night Mitch conveys his envy of Dave's situation, complete with beautiful wife Jamie (Mann), adoring kids, and prestigious career, while Dave admits his own jealousy over Mitch's stress-free, laid-back lifestyle. Hilarity ensues in the hungover morning that follows, as Mitch and Dave wake up and freak out, having swapped bodies, taking the body switch comedy to where it's never gone before. (Gary Reber)

Both the theatrical version (01:52:32) and the unrated version (01:58:09) are available. Special features include commentary with Director David Dobkin, the "Fist Fight" deleted scene, a gag reel, the featurettes Time For A Change (HD 06:53) and Family Matter (HD 04:37), D-BOX® Motion Code™, BD-Live, up-front ads, the DVD, and a digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p VC-1 picture is nicely executed with a bright, colorful rendering. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The color palette is vibrant, with rich hues. Fleshtones are healthy looking and natural. Resolution reveals excellent detail and clarity. This is a brightly rendered picture that really captures the fun. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional and dialogue focused, with an up-front frontal presence that is wanting in spatial integration. The music score is nicely recorded and virtually the only surround presence throughout. Deep bass is limited. Except for some subtle floating movement, the D-BOX Motion Code action is virtually non-existent. Overall, this is an undistinguished soundtrack that is focused on dialogue and a frontal presence. (Gary Reber)