Love Guru, The

Featured In Issue 136, November 2008

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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Guru Pitka (Myers), known to his followers as The Love Guru, wants nothing more than to be the world's number-one neo-eastern self-help spiritualist, after consistently coming second in popularity polls to Deepak Chopra (played by himself). Now, in order to secure an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Guru Pitka takes on the challenge of repairing the marriage of Darren Roanoke (Malco), star player of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It seems that ever since Darren left his wife Prudence (Good) and she began dating Jacques "Le Coq" Grande (Timberlake), a well-endowed rival hockey player for the L.A. Kings, his game has completely gone to pot. It is up to Guru Pitka to get Darren's love life back on track in time for the Stanley Cup play-offs. (Stacey Pendry) (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include three behind-the-scenes featurettes: Mike Myers And The Love Guru—An Inside Look (ten minutes), One Hellava Elephant (six minutes), and Hockey Training For Actors (eight minutes); ten deleted/extended scenes; an alternate ending; a four-minute blooper reel; a five-minute spoof hockey report in Back In The Booth With Trent And Jay; ten minutes of outtakes; the theatrical trailer; a digital copy of the film to download to your PC or Mac, and up-front previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD's bright, vibrant colors are too saturated but match the effluent comedic style well. Resolution is very good in tight shots, but is limited by compression artifacts in wider-shot scenes. Black levels are solid and shadows are nicely delineated. Fleshtones are pale with overly contrasted highlights, and contrast is generally high. The grain can appear unnatural and noisy over flat fields of color. Edge enhancement is subtle and not overly distracting. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows adequate resolution, with fine details fairly well preserved. Colors are bold and vibrant and fleshtones appear fairly natural. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features an adequate mix with a good use of the surround channels for ambiance for the majority of the presentation. But too often the surrounds are ignored, with the soundfield collapsing to the center channel. Fidelity is pristine for much of the movie, but dialogue occasionally sounds muffled, with poor clarity, and dynamic range is somewhat limited. Singing sounds artifically forward, which is further exacerbated by the poor lip sync. The LFE channel is used well on occasion, but low bass is rare in the soundtrack. There is an audible sense of depth in the front stage, but some noise and sporadic clipping distortions can be a distraction. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding provides a smoother response with better fidelity overall. Dialogue is more articulate and bass is more naturally defined. (Danny Richelieu)