Break-Up, The

Featured In Issue 115, December 2006

WSR Score3
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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For sexual content, some nudity, and language
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Peyton Reed
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Do you like to argue constantly with your significant other? If so, The Break-Up is the perfect movie for you. Gary Grobowski (Vaughn) and Brooke Meyers (Aniston) started out as the perfect couple, but after buying a condo and moving in together, they discovered that the only thing they could agree on was to disagree. (Tricia Spears)

First of all, when you pop the DVD in your player, you are given a choice of watching "his" version or "hers." Since I am a her, I chose that side. On further investigation, though, besides the color of the background on the menu, I couldn't see any difference in the two. There is an alternate ending (that I thought was actually better than the ending in the film) with optional commentary by Vince Vaughn and another optional commentary track by Director Peyton Reed; six deleted scenes; three extended scenes; seven outtakes; a 21-minute improv of a scene with Vaughn and Jon Favreau with optional commentary; the six-minute In Perfect Harmony: The Tone Rangers featurette; a 15-minute making-of featurette; an interactive Three Brothers: A Tour Of Chicago; feature commentary with Actors Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; feature commentary with Reed; and up-front ads. The HD DVD also adds U-Control with Picture In Picture and Production Photographs.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits adequate fleshtones, although the entire image is slightly washed out. Shadow delineation is mediocre, with detail in the shadows looking flat. The image almost looks as if it is out of focus because of the poorly rendered details. The VC-1-encoded HD DVD picture looks much better, with more finely resolved details and better color balance. Shadow delineation is also improved, although it is not at the level of the best transfers. (Danny Richelieu)

The DVD's Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel is generally relegated to the center channel, with atmospheric effects in the corner channels all but forgotten for much of the presentation. Fidelity is adequate, although dialogue does have a slightly muddy presence. The HD DVD's Dolby Digital Plus encoding improves fidelity, as dialogue sounds much more natural and articulate. DR