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In Good Company (HD DVD)
Universal // PG-13 // July 24, 2007 // Region 0
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Review by Matthew Hinkley | posted August 8, 2007 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

There is something about Dennis Quaid that I love...and for some reason I am able to watch him in almost anything. From "Wyatt Earp" to "Frequency," there is something about him that makes me enjoy just about all of his films.

When young hotshot Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) takes over Dan Foreman's (Dennis Quaid) position as VP of Ad Sales in a sports magazine, things start to change for everyone. From layoffs to Foreman trying to deal with his boss being half his age, Duryea tries to prove his worth even though he has no real experience. As Foreman and Duryea learn more about each other, Duryea learns the meaning of what it is to have a family, to have a purpose in life. Longing for something more, he begins to fall for Foreman's daughter Alex (Scarlett Johannson). As things continue to change at the office and on the home front, Duryea and Foreman both find an uncommon bond and deal with all that life throws at them.

Dennis Quaid is a perfect fit as Dan Foreman...not only does he match the character's age pretty closely, but he also plays out the caring family man with absolute ease and passion. The chemistry between Foreman and his wife (Marg Helgenberger) is very natural, and Johansson and Grace play great roles as a cute couple. Grace is especially fun to watch in his role as a young VP...trying to prove he knows everything even though he has so much to learn.

"In Good Company" is a really fun film. It's loveable, light hearted, and a blast to watch. The cast is great...you can completely tell they all had a great relationship on set. I loved watching the interaction between Quaid and Grace as it goes from extremely awkward to almost friends. Quaid could easily be Grace's father and it truly shows.

I had a really good time sitting down for the night with the wife...enjoying a fun entertaining flick that is smart, witty, definitely worth the watch. I've seen "In Good Company" a couple of times now, and still enjoy it just as much as the first.

The DVD

Video:

All right...so there's some good and there's some bad. Lets start with the good; the skin tones are nice and even and the detail is actually quite nice. There are a couple scenes with good color but it ends there. So prepare for the bad...for most of the movie the color is entirely off. The hue and saturation just feel wrong and not all there. Nothing really seems to "pop" throughout and detail fades away quickly in darker areas, and the blacks are just okay. Okay, onto the really bad; here the edge enhancements are extremely noticeable at many times during the movie. There are so many times that the characters look like they have been digitally enhanced and almost added into the film digitally. It was very distracting, and absolutely not a good thing.

Sound:

Thankfully the audio was a little better then the video. Here we get a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is a little on the quiet side. For the most part the track is fairly even but nothing is special about it. The surrounds are really not used, and the little that they are used is not that noticeable. Dialogue is consistent, but the overall sound is just okay...again nothing special here.

Extras:

Deleted Scenes with commentary with Director Paul Weitz: Here there are actually some fairly good scenes that could have been useful in the overall development of "In Good Company."

Next there are 7 features that all should have been just one feature. They are each very short, and honestly hardly differ in what each is talking about. They all seem fairly repetitive with cast and crew talking about each other, and things that happened with behind the scenes footage. Here they are: Stars, Youth, Getting Older, Real Life, New York Locations, Editing, and Story. None of these are worth much, with only a few enjoyable facts.

Finally we get Commentary with Topher Grace & Paul Weitz: This is a fairly pleasant track where it is obvious that Grace and Weitz get along, and do a good job filling us in on what happened during the entire process of "In Good Company." Thankfully they do a nice job filling us in on the details, and creating an overall nice track that is an easy listen.

Final Thoughts:

"In Good Company" is a definite watch. It is easy to kick back for the evening and enjoy a fun film. The video, audio, and features are not appealing, but thankfully the movie picks up the slack. Unfortunately I can't recommend this one because of the just average video and audio quality. Rent this one .

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