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Break-Up, The
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 115 (Dec 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams, Ann-Margret, Jason Bateman, Judy Davis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jon Favreau, Cole Hauser, John Michael Higgins & Justin Long

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
First of all, when you pop the DVD in your player, you are given a choice of watching "his" version or "hers." Since I am a her, I chose that side. On further investigation, though, besides the color of the background on the menu, I couldn't see any difference in the two. There is an alternate ending (that I thought was actually better than the ending in the film) with optional commentary by Vince Vaughn and another optional commentary track by Director Peyton Reed; six deleted scenes; three extended scenes; seven outtakes; a 21-minute improv of a scene with Vaughn and Jon Favreau with optional commentary; the six-minute "In Perfect Harmony: The Tone Rangers' featurette; a 15-minute making-of featurette; an interactive "Three Brothers: A Tour Of Chicago"; feature commentary with Actors Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; feature commentary with Director Reed; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 28465
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For sexual content, some nudity, and language
(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/17/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peyton Reed
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Do you like to argue constantly with your significant other? If so, "The Break-Up" is the perfect movie for you. Gary Grobowski (Vaughn) and Brooke Meyers (Aniston) started out as the perfect couple, but after buying a condo and moving in together they discovered that the only thing they could agree on was to disagree. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits adequate fleshtones, although the entire image is slightly washed out. Shadow delineation is mediocre, with detail in the shadows looking flat. The image almost looks as if it is out of focus because of the poorly rendered details. (Danny Richelieu)