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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Universal - 2012
MPAA Rating: R/Unrated
Feature running time: 98/80 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Malin Ackerman, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose
Directed by: David Wain
Music by: Craig Wedren
Written by: Ken Marino & David Wain
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 19, 2012

"Leave your baggage behind"

Film Synopsis:

After George (Rudd) loses his high-stress Manhattan job, he and his wife, Linda (Aniston), hit the road and wind up crashing at Elysium, a free-spirited community of hippies, tree-huggers and the occasional nudist.

My Take:

George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After they purchase an expensive Manhattan “micro” loft, George is downsized out of his job, and Linda’s pitch to HBO on her most recent career project, a penguin documentary, flops, leaving them with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta. After packing all their belongings in their Honda they head south with a pretty bleak outlook. Along the way, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by a variety of stress free folks who embrace a differing perspective on life and the pursuit of happiness. It isn’t long before George and Linda begin drinking the Elysium Kool Aid. What they find is that at the end of the day is that the free sharing communal life far removed from the “real” world isn’t the fresh start they hoped for.

Wanderlust is one of those in the moment comedies that has its share of rib tickling spoofs and buffoonery. Once it’s over there is little about it that is memorable but that doesn’t keep it from being fun just the same. Using the theme of “leaving it all behind” the plot revolves around a thirty something couple that is searching for something tangible to augment the doldrums that their marriage has become. Forced out of New York City by financial burden they find themselves hosts to a community of free spirited and free loving oddballs that don’t believe in money, careers or (in one case) clothing. The script takes a full circle approach in that it shows George and Linda that their problems aren’t external and that perhaps their devotion to one another is all that is needed. In between the plot contains the type of satire and humor that has become the norm with modern comedies, as we watch the trials and tribulations experienced by George and Linda at the hands of Elysium’s residents unfold. While there are moments of overt inanity there are some chuckles to be had and the ensemble cast compliments the proceedings. Paul Rudd’s George is easy to root for and Jennifer Aniston’s pertness plays well opposite him. Wanderlust isn’t an especially imaginative comedy but if you let your hair down it’s light and funny enough to be worth 90 minutes of your time.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 86

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Wanderlust comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 31 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.

This is a solid high definition presentation that is indicative of a newer release film. Detail is readily apparent as images are firmly resolute with crisp edges, defining sharpness, and two dimensional depth that enhances dimension. Colors are beautifully rendered with revealing delineation and tonal warmth. The long range shots of the earth toned colors of the rolling hills and countryside look terrific. Fleshtones appear lifelike with natural tonality and complexional delineation among the cast. Contrast is boldly applied and blacks exhibit good dynamic range with discernable gradational highlights and excellent depth of field during low level scenes.

The DTS-HD MA soundtrack has no trouble rendering clear and well articulated dialogue. Sound effects have ample dynamic energy so that they sound full bodied and proportionate. This is not a film that requires heavy use of surround sound to deliver its message but it does rely on the entire soundstage for proper atmosphere from time to time. The mix excels at creating the right sounds at the right levels and placing them appropriately within the acoustic environment. Low frequency detail is present in support of the soundtrack’s score but rarely engages the senses.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature commentary by director David Wain, Ken Marino, Paul Rudd & impressions by Kevin Pollack

  • (HD) Wanderlust: The Bizzarro Cut – 80 minutes

  • (HD) Gag reel – 5 minutes

  • (HD) Line-O-Rama – 9 minutes

  • (HD) God Afton! Behind the scenes of Wanderlust – 27 minutes

  • (HD) Penis envy – 7 minute featurette

  • (HD) The Elysium Campaign – 5 minute feature

  • (HD) Wainy Days: Elysium – 8 minutes

  • (HD) Theatrical trailer

  • My Scenes bookmark feature

  • D-Box Motion Code enabled

  • pocket BLU

  • BD-Live

  • Bonus DVD

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

I went into this review of Wanderlust not expecting much and found it to be fairly entertaining thanks to a well placed cast, a decent script and good direction from co-writer David Wain. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video quality and a strong supplemental offering that includes an excellent feature length commentary, behind the scenes features, and the exclusive alternate Bizarro Cut which shouldn’t be missed if you liked the film. If you’re a quirky comedy fan Wanderlust is probably right up your alley.


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Thought this movie was decent. Rental at best.
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