Allison Scott (Hiegl) is an upwardly mobile entertainment journalist who has been promoted as an on-camera personality for "E!" Entertainment channel. To celebrate her new position she heads out to a bar with her sister for a night of drinking and dancing. There she meets Ben (Rogen), a drunken, pot-smoking slacker who normally would not stand a chance of getting Allison into bed. With her judgment blurred by alcohol, Allison has a one-night stand with Ben, and just when she thinks she can forget about her shameful fall from grace, she discovers that she is "Knocked Up." (Stacey Pendry)
Special features include 14 deleted scenes; four extended/alternate scenes; a gag reel; a music video with Louden Wainwright (three minutes); Topless Scene—Web Design Company (30 seconds); and the following featurettes: Line-O-Rama (four minutes), Roller Coaster Doc (five minutes), and Directing The Director (eight minutes); and feature commentary with cast and crew. In addition, web-enabled features are the ability to download exclusive content and trailers and a "U-Control" feature of picture in picture.
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD generally looks flat, with somewhat under-saturated colors—although greens look good—and fleshtones that look pallid and the entire picture has a somewhat greenish tint. Black levels are fairly deep, although they can be slightly milky. Near blacks are delineated well, but that doesn't help give much dimensionality to the presentation. Edge enhancement can be noticed, but it is generally minor. The VC-1-encoded HD DVD can look slightly soft as well, and colors are somewhat under-saturated. Fleshtones again look slightly pallid, but shadow delineation and black levels are well rendered. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack has a broad front stage with good imaging. Dialogue intelligibility is good, but occasionally there is an edgy distortion that can become a distraction. The surround channels are not incorporated with much distinction, but they can be used fairly well at times throughout the presentation. Fidelity is decent but not pristine. The HD DVD's Dolby Digital Plus encoding sounds very much like the DVD's encoding, with a very subtle increase in fidelity, if anything. (Danny Richelieu)