Dan In Real Life

Featured In Issue 131, May 2008

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Walt Disney Home Entertainment
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Peter Hedges
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Widower and father of three, Dan Burns (Carell) is used to handing out relationship advice in his weekely newspaper column, "Dan In Real Life." With his hands full caring for three daughters, who are growing-up fast, Dan has little time to focus on his own happiness or dating. While attending a semi-annual family get-together, Dan meets Marie (Binoche) while shopping in a local bookstore. Dan immediately falls for Marie, but complications arise when Dan finds that Marie is dating his brother Mitch (Cook). (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include the 15-minute featurette Just Like Family: The Making Of Dan In Real Life, the nine-minute featurette Handmade Music: Creating The Score, 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary, three minutes of outtakes, commentary by Hedges, and previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD shows solid, deep black levels and good shadow delineation helping create a dimensional-looking image. Colors are bold and vibrant, with a natural balance that brings life to the image. Fleshtones look healthy and accurate. Details are resolved nicely, and pixel breakup is not problematic. Edge enhancement is minor and generally not noticeable. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc has a fairly dimensional looking image, with solid black levels and shadow delineation. Contrast is slightly overblown, but colors are vibrant and solid. Resolution is fairly good, although there are times when it can look subtly soft. The image is enjoyable. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolbyģ Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack relies heavily on the screen channels, but the surrounds can be incorporated nicely at times. Dialogue is recorded well, and articulation sounds natural. Music is mixed across the front stage with good imaging, although it can sound somewhat constrained without much breadth beyond the physical locations of the loudspeakers. The soundtrack is rather basic, but it does its job with the story. The uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel soundtrack features good dynamic range and fidelity, but the mix is still limited. (Danny Richelieu)