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Post Grad
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Sexual Situations and Brief Strong Language)

Running Time: 88 Minutes

Starring: Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Rodrigo Santoro, Jane Lynch with Carol Burnett and Michael Keaton

Written by: Kelly Fremon

Directed by: Vicky Jenson

 

Studio: Fox

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: Deleted and Alternate Scenes, "One Day" Music Video by Jack Savoretti, Real Life Advice with Alexis Bledel & Zach Gilford, Know Your Strengths: Career Advice, How Not To Get A Job, A Guide To Moving Back Home, Dress For Success, Find Your Match! The Best Job For You, What Not To Wear, Post Grad Confidential, Digital Copy

Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Cantonese Subtitles, Mandarin Subtitles, Thai Subtitles, Scene Selection

Released: January 12th, 2010


 

 

"Post Grad" is presented in 1080p High Definition, in a widescreen presentation with the theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This is a standardly shot comedy, so when it comes out to extraordinary visual details, there really isn't that much to find here. But for what's here, everything looks fine: colors are well saturated and bold without smearing, fleshtones hit their mark, detail is quite good and black levels are pretty strong. The print used is more or less spotless, too. This is a sharp transfer for what it is, but nothing that will really take your breath away.

 

"Post Grad" features a English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, and it matches the content of the movie. Which really isn't much to say, given that this is your standard romantic comedy. As a result, the audio follows suit to what's happening on screen: dialogue is crisp and easy to hear, and the music — be it the songs or light score by Christophe Beck — fill the channels well. Fidelity is pretty high and subwoofer use is merely okay. Sound effects, however, are not really discrete: the rears don't get used too much, even in scenes with crowds — this track is pretty front-centric. The sound elements here do sound a bit thick, but overall are slightly above average.

Standard Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks are in French, Spanish and Portuguese, while subtitles are in all these languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai. 
 




It says a lot that the special features are actually a lot more relevant than the film itself, but even these lack the depth they could have. First up are 14 minutes worth of Deleted and Extended Scenes. There's not much here that would have added to the film, nor any kind of context — audio or text — to give reasons for the cuts.

There's a Music Video for "One Day" by Jack Savoretti, which is a more professionally done version of the song Zach Gilford sings in the film. Real Life Advice with Alexis Bledel and Zach Gilford runs 4 minutes, and it's pretty fluffy: the two actors talk about the completion of their own educations and what ensued after.

Probably most inspiring is the 6 minute Know Your Strengths: Career Advice. This is a point that should have been made more in the film itself, even in the background, but it's here where you'll find decent advice on getting started to find a job that's best for you.

How Not To Get A Job lasts 3 minutes, where you are given ten tips on things not to do when you're out on the job hunt. Also lasting 3 minutes is A Guide To Moving Back Home. It's self-explanatory, and really, nothing you probably haven't thought of.

Dress For Success runs about 2 minutes, and it's about the costumes in the movie and how they reflect the characters. And in case you did not know how to dress for a job, What Not To Wear is a set-top game that will set you straight. Find Your Match: The Best Job For You is another set-top game: answer a few questions, and presto: you'll be given a career. (Hint: do not follow what you get.)

Rounding out the disc is Post Grad Confidential. Running about 14 minutes or so, this is your standard promotional featurette where the cast and crew discuss the characters, the film's plotline and all the thematic elements that come with it.

And last but not least, there is a Digital Copy included.
 

It seems "Post Grad" was left on the shelf for quite sometime after the ill-fated Fox Atomic dissolved, and was then dumped in theaters for a late summer release. It's too bad the film turned out the way it did: it has a talented cast, and there really is a lot that could have been done with the premise and themes — especially given the current economic climate. The Blu-ray is okay, with a decent presentation and extras. A rental for those interested.