It's Complicated

Featured In Issue 148, May/June 2010

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Nancy Meyers
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"It's Complicated" is a hilarious look at marriage, divorce, and everything in between. Jane (Streep) has three grown kids, a thriving Santa Barbara bakery, and is on surprisingly amicable terms with her ex-husband Jake (Baldwin). Finally, a decade after her divorce, life's options seem endless—until a few bottles of wine with Jake turns their cordial relationship into an impulsive affair. Caught in the middle of their rekindled romance is Jake's young wife (Bell) and Adam (Martin), a recently divorced architect who's fallen hard for Jane. Could love be sweeter the second time around? (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Producer/Writer/Director Nancy Meyers, Executive Producer Suzanne Farwell, Director of Photography John Toll, ASC, and Editor Joe Hutshing, ACE; a making-of featurette (HD 20:40); and BD-Live functionality.

The 1080p VC-1 picture is terrific, with excellent resolution and full-of-life vibrance. Unlike so many films that play on darker cinematography, this film is an expression of light. The color palette is vibrant, with rich and vibrant hues that pop. Fleshtones are absolutely accurate. The picture glows in natural tone. Contrast is excellent, with deep and solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Every scene is so real and depicts beautiful Santa Barbara lifestyles. Resolution is superb, with fine facial features fully revealing and object textures that appear dimensional. This is a wonderful picture that exhibits the benefits of high-definition resolution. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is lively, with a light orchestral score that is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that wraps well into the surrounds. The music provides an aggressive presence. The film is dialogue focused, and while the dialogue is production sound and ADR the spatial integration is generally good. Without the music, the soundtrack is basically a monaural experience. Still there are scenes with atmospheric effects that enhance the feeling of spatial envelopment. And the ending scene's rain is wonderful sounding. Overall, this is a conventional soundtrack with limited sonic impact. (Gary Reber)