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Going The Distance

review by Zach B.



MPAA Rating: R (Sexual Content including Dialogue, Language Throughout, Some Drug Use and Brief Nudity)

Running Time: 103 Minutes

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Chrstina Applegate

Written by: Geoff LaTulippe

Directed by: Nanette Burstein



Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $35.99

Features: Audio Commentary with Director Nanette Burstein, How To Have A Perfect Date, A Guide To Long-Distance Dating, The Cast of Going The Distance: Off The Cuff, Deleted Scenes, The Boxer Rebellion "If You Run" Music Video, Behind The Scenes of the Going The Distance Soundtrack

Specs: 2.40:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selections (10 Scenes), Two-Disc Set

Released: November 30, 2010


"Going The Distance" is presented in 1080p high definition, preserving its widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1. This is a good transfer: fleshtones are accurate, and black levels are pretty good. Color saturation is strong: shades and hues of the interiors and cities featured are pretty vibrant, and the images pop out decently. Grain is minimal, and the image quality is rather filmlike. I noticed a bit of shimmering, as well as some edge enhancment, but it is not too terrible. In all though, the image quality is rather pleasing here. 

"Going The Distance" features a English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, which is pretty good too. There is never a full-frontal assault of surrounds, but moments at the airport and bar scenes buzz with typical sounds and the chatter of people to make you feel like you are there. Moments of physical comedy do ring rather naturally, and are a bit hefiter than some might expect. Dialogue is always clear and easy to hear, while the music is mixed well: Mychael Danna's score hums along, while the variety of songs (including "Take My Breath Away") burst with some vivacity. Subwoofer use is above average, while fidelity and dynamic range are good, too.

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish are on the disc too. Also included are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.


Leading things off is an Audio Commentary with Director Nanette Burstein. Burstein, who's best known as a documentary filmmaker, talks about making her first fictional narrative feature. This is a solid, informative commentary: Burstein touches on major themes and small details, all while being accessible and not getting too technical. There's a lot to learn about here: the opening title sequence, working with the actors, the minimal set design and a few pressures of making a day's scenes. Burstein talks about bigger issues within the film's story, finding a tone for the movie and why the script appealed to her. She's chatty and friendly, and impressively, tends to keep talking: dead air is minimal on this commentary. If you enjoyed the film and want to know more about its production, then it's worth a listen. 

How To Have A Perfect Date is an 8 minute piece with the cast, where they answer dating-related questions — tips, what they look for in significant others and the like. The answers usually aren't that serious. Going along with that is The Cast of Going The Distance: Off The Cuff, which runs a bit over 4 minutes. Producer Adam Shankman and director Nanette Burstein talk about utilizing their cast, who are funny people and adept at improv. What follows then are some loose on-the-set moments, followed by a closing remark from Jason Sudeikis.

Lasting 8 minutes is A Guide To Long-Distance Dating. Burstein, Shankman, producer Jennifer Gibgot, screenwriter Geoff LeTulippe and the cast offer their thoughts on long-distance dating. In turn, the cast speaks about why the script struck a chord with them, and ultimately, why the movie is so relatable. Clips from the movie are interspersed with the interviews. If you've lived a life — or have watched enough television shows and movies — then you really won't learn anything here. It's a tiresome featurette that more or less keeps saying the same thing: long-distance relationships are hard.

Included on the disc are approximately 13 minutes of Deleted Scenes. Some are alternate takes, and other extensions. It's stuff that is superfluous in comparison to the rest of the film, but there are some amusing moments here. There are no explanations or commentary about these cuts.

There's also a music section, which features The Boxer Rebellion "If You Run" Music Video (3:25), and Behind The Scenes of the Going The Distance Soundtrack, which is actually a brief look at the making of the "If You Run" music video.

Also included is a DVD version of the movie along with a digital copy.


"Going The Distance" is one of the more realistic romantic comedies to come along as of late, and it should certainly appeal to people in their 20s still figuring out parts of their lives. This Blu-ray edition of the film has a decent amount of extras, as well as a solid presentation of the film. For fans of romantic comedies, this should make for a good rental.