Date Night

WSR Score3.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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PG-13 / Unrated
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Sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
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Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
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Shawn Levy
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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"Date Night" is about one ordinary couple's crazy night. Phil (Carell) and Claire (Fey) Foster are just an ordinary couple, but a case of mistaken identity sets off an outrageous chain of events involving small-time thieves, big-city mobsters, corrupt cops, and a crazed cabbie, as the Fosters' "date night" turn into a wild ride they'll never forget! (Gary Reber)

The disc contains both the theatrical version and the unrated extended version. Special features include commentary by Director Shawn Levy on the theatrical version only; four deleted scenes (SD 05:47); Alt City scene (SD 01:48); four extended scenes (SD 10:25); four featurettes: "Direction 301" with Levy (SD 21:48), "Disaster Dates" (SD 04;43), "Directing Off Camera" (SD 03:46), and "Steve And Tina Camera Tests" (SD 03:10); a gag reel (SD 05:49); three versions of PSAs (SD 02:02); the theatrical trailer, up-front previews, and a digital copy of the film.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was shot digitally and there are inconsistencies. Lit and exterior daylight scenes appear natural, but dark scenes exhibit poor shadow delineation and weak contrast. The imagery appears videoish, not cinematic. Fleshtones generally appear natural, but there are instances when the hues vary within scenes, for an unnatural look. The color palette is saturated with warm and rich hues. Blacks can appear solid and deep, but as mentioned, shadow delineation is wanting at times. Resolution is generally soft but close-ups are revealing of detail. The imagery is pristine throughout, with a digital edginess. Overall, this is a mediocre picture that exhibits an excessively digital characteristic. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1channel soundtrack is conventionally produced with a monaural focused dialogue track recorded from production sound and ADR. Generally, dialogue sounds integrated spatially, though, there are instances in which the dialogue disconnects from the scene. Sound effects and atmospheric effects are positioned across the soundstage and in the surround field, and at times the effects are aggressive and directionalized. Bass extension is solid, with occasional .1 LFE energy. The music score in large measure provides surround envelopment. Still, the soundtrack presents a frontal focus for the most part. Overall, this is a "produced" soundtrack that is not particularly distinguished. (Gary Reber)