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40-Year Old Virgin, The
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 105 (Feb 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann & Jane Lynch

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with Director/Co-writer Judd Apatow and Actor/Co-producer Seth Rogen, six deleted scenes with optional commentary, a pretty funny five-minute "You Know How I Know You're Gay?" outtake with optional commentary, two minutes of Andy's fantasies with optional commentary, a two-and-a-half minute eavesdrop on a conversation between Cal and Paula, some advice from Mooj, a behind-the-scenes look at the waxing segment, a little over nine minutes of Date-A-Palooza, about six minutes of a smile-enducing Line-O-Rama, a two-minute dinner with Seth and Stormy, a not-so-funny gag reel, and a feature commentary with the cast.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 28706
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
(Rating Reason):

For pervasive sexual content, language and some drug use.
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/13/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Judd Apatow
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Imagine, if you will, this is your life: you live alone surrounded by armies and armies of still-in-the-box action figures, you work at the local Circuit City-esque store as the stockroom clerk, you hang out with your Social Security-receiving neighbors, and it's not uncommon for you to spend three-and-a-half hours preparing an egg salad sandwich. What could make it worse? Being The 40 Year Old Virgin. And so is the life of Andy Stitzer (Carell), that is, until his fellow co-workers find out his secret and decide to assist him in finally doing the deed. Make sure you save some time and view the special features as a few of them are quite funny. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphcially enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits a color scheme that is vibrant and richly saturated, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are bright and well-contrasted. Sharpness and detail are also adequate, but there is a hard edge to the picture that makes objects appear unnatural at times. In addition, edge halos are also noticed. Pixelization is also a minor nuisance with the picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

Typical of movies of this genre, the Dolby