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The Blu-ray edition of ’The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ may feature a DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track but, like the HD DVD, the limitations of the original sound design prevent it from providing a more consistent or memorable sonic experience. Even though the film’s dialogue-driven design pulls the majority of the soundfield forward, voices are crisp, treble tones are stable, and the LFE channel rumbles in the brief moments it’s called upon.Conversations are distributed nicely across the front speakers, and the film’s restricted soundscape still boasts impressive dynamic range.Like 'Meet the Parents,' much of the director Judd Apatow’s comedy is dependent upon a well-meaning character being put through a gauntlet of misunderstandings and uncomfortable situations.Regardless of the laughs, these sorts of films often make me so uncomfortable that there's a part of me that can't wait to get to the end so I can breathe a giant sigh of relief.If you haven't seen this early Apatow classic, track down a copy and watch it as soon as possible.(Note this Blu-ray edition includes the "Unrated" version of the film.Contrast and black levels are a mixed bag -- sometimes they're bright and deep, but at other times they make the picture feel downright murky.Compare scenes in Trish's ebay store to those involving her date with Andy at the Japanese Hibachi restaurant.
As much as his friends want our lovable protagonist to focus on getting laid, Andy is far more concerned with finding acceptance and companionship.Over the last few years, Steve Carell has transformed himself from an amusing correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to a legitimate star of film and television.With critically-acclaimed performances in films like ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and an unforgettable transformation into Dunder Mifflin’s Michael Scott on “The Office,” it’s hard to remember a time when he was less of a household name.If you're one of those people, you may find 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' tough to sit through at times.Regardless, enduring any discomfort is well worth watching 'The 40 Year Old Virgin.' It’s both an extremely funny romp and a heartfelt riff on an aging, cliché-ridden genre.