The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 106/117 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, Ed Begley Jr., Chris Pratt, Joel McHale, Anthony Mackie, Zachary Quinto,
Directed by: Mark Mylod
Music by: Aaron Zigman
Written by: Gabrielle Allan & Jennifer Crittenden
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 10, 2012
"Ally's looking for the best ex of her life"
Anna Faris and Chris Evans star in the outrageously funny comedy that asks: can 19 wrongs make Mr. Right? When Ally Darling (Faris) reads an article that leads her to believe she's going to be alone forever, she begins a wild search to find the best "ex" of her life. But Ally's quest to reconnect with her former lovers goes hilariously awry, from a puppeteer who's more wooden than his puppet to a gynecologist with a "spotty" memory. Through it all, Ally might just find the man of her dreams in the last place she ever expected.
What's your number? introduces us to marketing executive Ally Darling (Anna Faris) who reads a magazine article that asks the reader to calculate how many people she has slept with. Realizing that her number is double the average, Ally decides to track down all of her ex-boyfriends in the hope that one of them will have grown into the man she wants to marry, and therefore the number of men she has slept with will never have to increase. With the help of her hunky new neighbor (Chris Evans), Ally starts tracking down all her ex-boyfriends. In exchange she agrees to help him escape his latest conquest the morning after. Ally's plan doesn't go quite a smoothly as she had hoped when she discovers that perhaps there is a reason that her ex's are in fact ex's. After a series of hilariously awkward situations Ally finally comes upon her best ex only to find that maybe numbers aren't all that important after all.
This is a conventional romantic comedy that adheres to the same contemporary formula we have all seen before. Yes, it's predictable however Anna Faris manages to make it palatable with her effecting charm and pitch perfect comedic timing. Her onscreen chemistry with Chris Evans doesn't set off fireworks but is viable and fun to watch. I found myself chuckling aloud a few times and as a fan of the feel good guy gets the girl (or in this case girl gets the guy) this one worked out well enough to keep me interested. I thought the inclusion of familiar faces (such as: Chris Pratt, Joel McHale, Anthony Mackie, Zachary Quinto, Dave Annable and Andy Samberg) in the roles of Ally's ex's was a nice touch. What's your number? is a typical romantic comedy that probably won't leave a lasting impression however while watching it I found it to be amusing and mildly charming enough to qualify as entertaining. Both the theatrical cut (which I watched) and an extended version are included. The latter adds approximately 11 minutes to the original's runtime and is probably worth checking out if you're a fan.
The rating is for sexual content and language.
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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What's your number? comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 29 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.9 Mbps.
This is a high bitrate video encoding that looks great. Appreciable levels of detail are visible throughout which presents images with discerning high definition quality. Colors are bright and deeply saturated which sometimes makes them appear exaggerated when onscreen in multiple layers. Overall they are pleasing to the eye and vivid. Flesh tones are warm with natural looking complexions that have appreciable tonal delineation among the various cast members. Contrast and black levels were good enough that blacks appeared noise free and deep while whites were punchy without being devoid of detail and appearing over cooked. I didn't notice any signs of video related artifacts or compression noise.
The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has good dynamic range and detail rich clarity that enables the detection of subtle background sounds within the acoustic environment created by the surround mix. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel which clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and tonal balance within the front soundstage. Low frequency effects aren't intense but the subwoofer is kept busy as it works in tandem with the rest of the system to appropriately convey the low level bass associated with the film's recorded elements.
- Theatrical and Unrated versions of the film
- (HD) 8 deleted scenes
- (HD) 7 minute gag reel
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
- Bonus DVD of What's your number?
- Digital Copy
Based on the book 20 times a lady by Karyn Bosnak What's your number? is a conventional romantic comedy that I found occasionally amusing and mildly charming thanks to the always reliable Anna Faris. Fox brings it to Blu-ray Disc featuring excellent high definition video, clear lossless sound quality and a limited supplemental offering that includes deleted scenes, a gag reel and a bonus DVD/digital copy. If you're a rom/com fan it's worth a rental.
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