Jennifer’s Body: Unrated (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
December 31, 2009 by Dennis Amith
Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (“Juno”, “United States of Tara”) returns with her latest film “Jennifer’s Body” starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. Not much of a scary, gruesome horror flick but a black comedy teen horror film. If you enjoyed “Jennifer’s Body”, the Blu-ray release features a good number of special features and overall a solid release!
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TITLE: Jennifer’s Body: Unrated
DURATION: Theatrical Version: 1:42:20/ Extended Version: 1:47:29
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, Widescreen 1:85:1, AVC @ 26 MBPS, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish, French and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai
RATED: R (Sexuality, Bloody Violence, Language and Brief Drug Use)
COMPANY: Twentieth Century Fox
RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2009
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Written by Diablo Cody
Executive Produced by Diablo Cody
Produced by Daniel Dubiecki, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman
Co-Produced by Brad Van Arragon
Music by Stephen Barton, Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography by M. David Mullen
Edited by Plummy Tucker
Casting by Heike Brandstatter, Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design by Avinder Grewal
Art Direction by Paolo G. Venturi
Set Decoration by Joanne Leblanc
Costume Design by Katia Stano
Megan Fox as Jennifer
Amanda Seyfried as Needy
Johnny Simmons as Chip
Adam Brody as Nikolai
Sal Cortez as Chas
Ryan Levine as Mick
Juan Riedinger as Dirk
Colin Askey as keyboardist
Chris Pratt as Roman Duda
Juno Ruddell as Officer Warzak
Kyle Gallner as Colin Gray
Josh Emerson as Jonas Konelle
J.K. Simmons as Mr. Wroblewski
Amy Sedaris as Needy’s Mom
In every school there’s one girl, every girl wants to be friends with…and every guy would die for. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a “student body” with a ferocious bite when Jennifer’s Body arrives on unrated Blu-ray Disc (BD) and DVD December 29. Sexy temptress Megan Fox (Transformers) is hotter than hell as Jennifer, a gorgeous, seductive cheerleader who takes evil to a whole new level after she’s possessed by a sinister demon. Steamy action and gore galore ensue as the male student body succumbs to Jennifer’s insatiable appetite for human flesh. Now it’s up to her best friend (Amanda Seyfried; Mamma Mia!) to stop the demonic diva’s reign of terror before it’s too late!
In 2009, the dark comedy horror film “Jennifer’s Body” would mark the return of award winning writer Diablo Cody (“Juno”, “United States of Tara”) and would feature a collaboration with director Karyn Kusama (“Aeon Flux”, “Girlfight”), actresses Megan Fox (“Transformers” films, “Hope and Faith”) and Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia!”, “Veronica Mars”, “Mean Girls”).
“Jennifer’s Body” which cost around $22 million to make, earned around $33 million worldwide and has received mix ratings from a variety of critics but earning praise from Roger Ebert and Peter Travers of “Rolling Stone Magazine”.
Now “Jennifer’s Body: Unrated” is released on Blu-ray with a special unrated version which includes both the original theatrical version of the film and also an unrated version. The Blu-ray release also includes a digital copy of the film.
“Jennifer’s Body” begins with Anita “Needy” Lesnicki (Seyfried) who is locked up in a mental asylum. She talks about how her life is in the asylum and immediately it is quite evident that Needy has some major issues. She ends up beating on a female employee who tries to get her food order that Needy doesn’t agree with. Eventually she is locked up in solitary confinement and Needy begins her story about how and why she was put into an asylum.
We then start to see Needy’s perspective of Jennifer Check, a girl that she grew up with and is a popular student at school. Needy looks at her with such admiration that some people think she’s a lesbian because she keeps staring at Jennifer and is amazed that despite Needy being a nerd, Jennifer is still good friends with her.
One night, Needy and Jennifer went to a live performance of the band Low Shoulder. Lead singer Nikolai (played by Adam Brody, “The O.C.”) has his sights on Jennifer because he believes she is a virgin. During the night of their performance, a fire breaks out and when the band makes their exit, Nikolai invites her to their van and Needy is left behind. The fire kills eight students and the students are in mourning.
As Needy is up late at night, a bloody Jennifer shows up in her kitchen and she is bloody and just smiles at her and starts tearing apart the chicken in the fridge and just releases this ghoulish scream followed by vomiting black bile.
The following day, Needy looks as if she is traumatized by the events from the previous night but the next day she sees Jennifer, everything seems OK and it starts to confuse her. But this is just the beginning of odd occurrences in town. Now several male students are being killed and we see Jennifer as she kills them. Needy tries to explain to her boyfriend Chip (played by Johnny Simmons) that something is off about Jennifer but he dismisses it as her being tired.
When Needy confronts her about her concerns about her, we learn that on the night that Jennifer went with the band members of Low Shoulder, the reason why they needed to find out if Jennifer was a virgin was because they can sacrifice her to the devil in hopes to fame and fortune. So, Nikolai and the band members actually murdered her. But somehow Jennifer has come back alive from her bludgeoning. Of course, Needy doesn’t believe it until Jennifer slices her arm and she automatically heals.
Needy does some investigating into the occult and believes that Jennifer must be a succubus and must eat flesh in order to live. In this case, Jennifer has the hunger for guys. But what happens when Jennifer goes after Needy’s boyfriend Chip?
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“Jennifer’s Body” is presented in 1080p High Definition (Widescreen 1:85:1) with AVC @ 26MBPS. Picture quality is pretty solid as you can see the detail in various surfaces around town. A lot of scenes featuring blood, dirt and grime on the characters which is quite detailed onscreen. There is a fine layer of grain, skin tones are natural and blacks are nice and deep.
The lossless audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Spanish, French and Portuguese in Dolby Digital 5.1. The audio is dialogue and music driven, so most of the audio is coming from the front and center channels. There are some scenes that utilize the surround channels, from the slight sounds of a police siren, crowd ambiance and some of the action sequences. Some of the bass you hear from the film comes from the music but for the most part, the film is front and center channel driven.
Subtitles are featured in English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai.
“Jennifer’s Body: Unrated” comes with the following special features:
- Audio Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama and Writer Diablo Cody (Theatrical Version) – An enjoyable commentary featuring director Kusama and writer Diablo Cody discussing the unique script and the structure of the film.
- Audio Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama (Extended Version) – While watching the film, a red box will show up on the corner (indicating an extended scene) in which you can hear Karyn discussing the differences of the theatrical version from the extended version of the film and how the extended version of the film which is much more closer to the original script.
- Deleted Scenes – (13:55) Six Deleted scenes which include the following deleted scenes: Dead Boys, Jennifer Check Is Gross, Needy Confronts Jennifer, Who’s Cindy Crawford?, Needy Faces The Band, Ass, Gas or Grass…
- Gag Reel– (4:55) Bloopers from “Jennifer’s Body”.
- Jennifer’s Body: The Dead Pool – (13:59) The cast and crew (including writer Diablo Cody, directory Karyn Kusama and the producers) talk about the concept of the film and working with the main talent of the film. And filming of the pool scene and the visual effects and make up effects involved.
- Video Diaries – Video diaries from behind-the-scenes on the set of “Jennifer’s Body” featuring Megan Fox and Johnny Simmons (12:49), Amanda Seyfried (10:23), Diablo Cody (7:05) and Dan Dubiecki (3:02).
- Megan Fox Is HOT – (:53) A short special feature showcasing the sexy scenes of Megan Fox from the film.
- Megan Fox “Peer Pressure” PSA – (:37) A naughty public service announcement for “Peer Pressure” (ala promotion for “Jennifer’s Body”).
- Fox Movie Channel Presents ‘Life After Film School’ With Writer Diablo Cody – (26:26) An interesting episode of “Life After Film School” with the three film students interview writer Diablo Cody about the film, her career, working with director Karyn Kusama, Megan Fox and more. Definitely love listening to Diablo Cody discuss her perspective of life and writing.
I suppose that there are horror fans who felt cheated that “Jennifer’s Body” was less of a horror, teenage slasher film (despite it having horror elements) and was more of a film that was character driven and really focused on the relationships between Needy and Jennifer.
“Jennifer’s Body” is quite interesting because Diablo Cody is pretty good of writing films, her way, her style and it’s a carefree style of showing school popularity and the cruelness that happens amongst students. And what better way to take on the role of Jennifer than Megan Fox who has wanted to play this type of role.
But “Jennifer’s Body” for the most part is not a great film nor is it the worst film ever made. I suppose it all comes down to the viewer and what they were expecting. Looking for a slasher/gory type of film, well “Jennifer’s Body” has scenes that look quite disgusting but for the most part, it’s not a scary film. In a way, “Jennifer’s Body” plays more like a “Lost Boys” style of film with the music, dark groups of students in town where bad things happening. Also, the film manages to incorporate dark humor to the violence, teenage life and relationships.
But everything comes full circle at the end of the film and I really dig how “Jennifer’s Body” ends so rock n’ roll but with tragedy. A possible sequel in the future? Who knows.
Megan Fox did a fine job, this may not be the role that utilizes her in a non-sex kitten serious role but for Amanda Seyfried, she really shined in “Jennifer’s Body” portraying a variety of emotions from anger, fear, sadness, you name it. It was really good to see her play the character of Needy since her previous films tend to showcase her in a more ditsy type of role. So, it was good to see her utilized in the film emotionally in a variety of ways.
If you enjoyed the film “Jennifer’s Body: Unrated” comes with a good amount of special features and you get both the theatrical and extended versions of the film and a digital copy. But I really enjoyed how the Blu-ray release also gives us a much more in-depth glimpse of the writer Diablo Cody and her involvement in film. You don’t get to see her shown all that much, so it was really cool to see several features with her.
Personally, for “Jennifer’s Body: Unrated”, it all comes down to the viewer. If you are a guy who wants to see Megan Fox, you’ll dig the film. If you are a big Diablo Cody fan, you’ll dig this Blu-ray release. If you’re wanting to see the film for a scare, well… “Jennifer’s Body” is not exactly that scary. But if you are wanting a popcorn flick that has elements of your favorite teen film and horror elements, you may find the extended version included on this Blu-ray release of “Jennifer’s Body: Unrated” more to your liking.
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