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While much of the humor is raunchy, THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN ($30) is a surprisingly sweet movie that showcases the talents of funnyman Steve Carell. In THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, Carell is the title character, Andy Stitzer, a somewhat nebbish electronics store stock room clerk, who has yet to score with the opposite sex.  Of course, once Andyís oversexed co-workers learn of his plight, they make it their mission on life to get the sexual loser some action.  What follows is a whole lot of bad advice that gets Andy into more trouble (and amusing predicaments), than in touch with members of the opposite sex.

However, things really start looking up for Andy when he meets Trish (Catherine Keener), an attractive woman, who operates her own small business across the street from the electronics store in which he works.  After their first meeting, it actually takes Andy quite a while to work up the courage to ask Trish out on a date, especially after some more bad advice from his coworkers.  Although their first date ends on an amusing note and compromising position, Andy and Trish definitely have some chemistry together, so he readily agrees to wait until their twentieth date before they consummate their relationship.  The cast of THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN also features Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch and Gerry Bednob.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made the Unrated Edition of THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN available on DVD in a 1.85:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays.  The Unrated Edition lasts seventeen minutes longer than the theatrical cut, adding back more funny bits and even more raunchy material than what audiences got to see in theaters.  As for the transfer itself, it is very nice looking and doesnít contain any significant flaws, but the visual quality isnít going to curl anyoneís toes either.  Of course, I donít want to fault the transfer, as the movieís cinematography wasnít particularly stellar in the movie theater either.  THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN looked like a modestly budgeted comedy in the theater- and thatís just what it looks like on DVD.  Everything is sharp and reasonably well defined.  Colors are rendered at a natural level of saturation and the flesh tones appear realistic.  Blacks are generally pretty accurate and the whites are stable.  Contrast and shadow detail are fine.  The film elements are free from serious defects, although modest amounts of grain show up in places.  Digital compression artifacts are never a cause for concern.

THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN comes with a fairly subdued comedy mix encoded into Digital 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital.  Surround usage is fairly minimal, with the forward soundstage carrying the day.  Additionally, as THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN is pretty much a dialogue driven comedy, the front channels donít offer too much flash.  Fidelity is good for the numerous pop songs on the soundtrack, and more than gets the job done.  Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand.  French and Spanish Dolby 2.0 tracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some nice supplemental content.  Starting things off is a hilarious running audio commentary featuring director/co-writer Judd Apatow, co-writer/star Steve Carell, and much of the cast.  Next up is a series of Deleted Scenes with optional commentary. The Waxing Doc offers one a look behind-the-scenes at the filmís most brutal comic sequence. Date-a-Palooza provides an extended look at the speed dating sequence. Line-O-Rama offers tons of alternate improved lines from throughout the movie. My Dinner With Stormy features actor/co-producer Seth Rogen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels in an amusing bit. A Gag Reel closes out the supplements.

THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN is one of the best comic surprises of 2005- raunchy humor layered on top of a feel good story. The Universal DVD looks and sounds just fine and offers a number of fun extras. Highly recommended.



The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2005)



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