Featured In Issue 132, June 2008

WSR Score4
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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For mature thematic material, sexual content and language
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Jason Reitman
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Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Wiitty and wise-cracking "Juno" (Page) is not a typical high school student. One afternoon she sleeps with her guy friend and classmate Paulie (Cera) out of boredom and curiosity. When Juno discovers she is pregnant, she enlists the help of her best friend Leah (Thirlby) to find the perfect adopted parents for her unborn baby. Juno and Leah find a classified ad in the local Penny Saver with the ideal prospective parents—Vanessa (Garner) and Mark Loring (Bateman)—who are eager to adopt her unborn child. But Juno has a lot to learn about partnerships and what does and does not constitute a perfect parent. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features on Disc One of this two-disc set include commentary by Director Jason Reitman and Writer Diablo Cody; 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary; a five-minute gag reel; a two-minute gag take; three minutes of Cast And Crew Jam; the original screen test for the actors in the film (22 minutes); the following featurettes: Way Beyon' Our Maturity Level: Jun-Leah-Bleeker (nine minutes), Diablo Cody Is Totally Boss (nine minutes), Jason Reitman For Shizz (eight minutes), and Honest To Blog!: Creating Juno (13 minutes); additional trailers; and up-front previews. Disc Two is a digital copy of the film and contains no special features.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD shows a decent picture quality, with good black levels and acceptable shadow delineation. Colors are generally nicely saturated, although the contrast is slightly off balance, which causes the picture to look washed out. Fleshtones look natural for the most part, but there are times when they look too orange. Resolution is somewhat lacking, occasionally looking soft, and compression artifacts are recognized from time to time. Edge enhancement is also noticeable. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows solid black levels and good shadow delineation. Resolution is good as well. Colors look somewhat pastel at times, but generally they look natural. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack relies heavily on the front three screen channels, but the surrounds are incorporated well at times to create a fully enveloping soundstage. Their use is not consistent enough, though, to keep the soundtrack from sounding rather dimensionless. Dialogue is recorded well for the most part, but there are times when it sounds distorted. Music is mixed fairly nicely across the front stage, but, again, there is occasional distortion that can be heard. The Blu-ray Disc's DTS-HD Master Audio™ encoding provides better dynamic range, but there are still times when subtle distortion can be heard. Dialogue sounds natural for the most part. (Danny Richelieu)