The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2009
MPAA Rating: R/Unrated
Feature running time: 102/107 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French/Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Thai
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, J.K Simmons, Adam Brody, Amy Sedaris
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
Music by: Theodore Shapiro & Stephen Barton
Written by: Diablo Cody
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 29, 2009
"She's eviland not just high school evil"
In every school there's one girl, every girl wants to be friends withand every guy would die for. Jennifer is a gorgeous, seductive cheerleader who takes evil to a whole new level after she's possessed by a sinister demon. Steamy action and gore galore ensue as the male student body succumbs to Jennifer's insatiable appetite for human flesh. Now it's up to her best friend to stop the demonic diva's reign of terror before it's too late!
Jennifer is your resident high school hottie, cheerleader, and teenage boy's wet dream. Needy Lesnicky is more of the reserved, intelligent and slightly nerdy type that wouldn't normally fit in with Jennifer's archetype however the two have been best friends since childhood. Jennifer's hasn't been the most supportive best friend and it is clearly obvious that Needy puts forth most of the effort to keep the friendship in balance. Aside from Jennifer the other person in Needy's life is her genuinely nice guy boyfriend Chip. Chip is probably the only boy in school that has shown zero interest in Jennifer and can see through Needy's plain Jane exterior to the gem that lies beneath. Attention seeking Jennifer makes the mistake of going off alone (against Needy's advice) with a local rock band one night after their concert. The group, believing she is a virgin, sacrifices her to Satan with the belief that doing so will help secure them a record deal. The problem is that she fibbed to them and isn't a virgin. Rather than dying during the offering Jennifer becomes possessed by a rather nasty flesh eating demon. Using her alluring looks and popularity she targets boys and makes meals out of them. When Needy discovers the truth she confronts Jennifer who confides to her that she is better off now than before and feels that eating boys is no big deal since they are just placeholders that come and go'. Unsure of what to do Needy initially does nothing. When Jennifer sets her sights on Chip Needy is compelled to act. The question is will she be able to stop the enticing succubus and put an end to her ravenous reign of terror?
Jennifer's body is Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody's follow up to her excellent teen dramedy Juno. I find her alternative and eclectic use of expression to be witty and descriptively on target. This is a bit of an offbeat horror film built around high school teen girls and a plot that really speaks to adolescent envy/jealousy between lifelong friends. While its horror elements are decidedly pronounced it's the undertones of peer pressure, covetousness and teen strife that elevate it from standard fare screams and gore. Although it isn't particularly frightening there is enough carnage to qualify it as a genre film. Megan Fox is nice to look at but she isn't especially engaging as an actor. Amanda Seyfried on the other hand literally stole every scene they had together. I think the script/screenplay enable this film to rise above the more typical teen scream films of today. When all was said and done I liked it more than expected. Fox has included both the theatrical and unrated extended versions of the film on this BD-50 dual layered Blu-ray Disc. The extended cut which I watched during my review adds about 5 minutes to the theatrical runtime. This being my first experience with it I couldn't say which I preferred but I didn't feel the extended version needed to be shorter.
The rating is for sexuality, bloody violence, 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.**
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Jennifer's body comes to Blu-ray Disc from Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.
This was an impressive audio presentation that delivered well articulated and dynamic sound. This was not a highly active surround mix but it did make good use of the entire surround platform to elevate the film's level of suspense and anticipation. The front three channels carried the bulk of the soundtracks dynamic elements and they hit hard with ostensible potency. The low frequency effects used to drive some of these scenes had excellent bass extension and tactility. Sound effects were realistic sounding with diverse characteristics and powerful impact. Dialogue was crystal clear with affirming intonation that made even subtle changes in pitch detectable. The video had a transparent quality with excellent refinement and crisp definition. The nature of the photography lent itself to vivid and high glossy visuals which at times made it appear distinctly vibrant and eye catching. Colors were rich and delineated which highlighted bright and deeply saturated hues. Contrast was boosted which gave the video a very dynamic overtone which never infringed upon fidelity. Black levels were excellent which gave dark scenes as well as lighter ones containing mixed content plenty of depth and punchy contrast. Shadow delineation was every bit as good which provided the dark and murky interior and dimly lit nighttime exterior sequences with superb depth of field and visible background detail. Images on screen looked detailed, lucid, and sharp with noticeably defined texture and exquisite resolution. This was applicable to long distant and panning shots also as they appeared three dimensional with an almost unimpeded perspective. This was an excellent overall audio/video presentation that looks and sound great .
- Theatrical and extended versions of the film
- Commentary by director Karyn Kusama and writer Diablo Cody (Theatrical version only)
- Commentary by director Karyn Kusama (extended version only)
- Gag reel - 5 minutes
- (HD) Jernnifers body: The dead pool - 14 minute look behind the scenes
- (HD) Video diaries - 4 segments featuring members of the cast/crew
- (HD) Megan Fox is hot - 1 minute short featuring clips from the film
- Megan Fox - Public service announcement on peer pressure
- Fox Movie Channel presents - Life after film school with writer Diablo Cody
- (HD) Trailers: (500) Days of Summer, Something, something, something, Dark Side, Wrong turn 3: Left for dead
- Digital Copy Bonus Disc
Jennifer's body probably won't appeal to genre fans expecting a bonafide horror film and all that it entails. That shouldn't be construed to mean it is without merit because it does offer an interesting take on the teen scream theme and I found it to be a decent watch. Fox's high definition presentation on Blu-ray Disc sweetens the deal with reference quality video and involving lossless sound. The bonus feature content is a mixed bag which is highlighted by two audio commentary tracks and an average behind the scenes documentary. I wouldn't define this as a must own however I do recommend that you toss it in your rental queue and take it for a spin.
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