THE STORY SO FAR…
Cursed as a child with a hex that prevents him from finding true love, Charlie “Chuck” Logan (Dane Cook) finds that the women he dates find the men of their dreams immediately after they’ve dumped him. For a guy who enjoys dating beautiful women, it doesn’t seem like such a horrible thing. But then he meets and falls for beautiful and klutzy Cam Wexler (Jessica Alba). Charlie wants to have a meaningful relationship with her, but how can he make her fall in love with him without losing her to some unknown man waiting to sweep her off her feet?
- Unrated Commentary
- 7 Chucked-Up Featurettes (3 of which are Blu-Ray exclusives)
- Deleted Scenes
- High Definition Sex Matrix
- Extended Scenes
- Music Montages
- Alternate Scenes
- Personalized Bookmarks
- Blu-Ray slider
- Video: I’ve now seen this film in the best presentation outside of theatrical exhibition.
- Audio: English: PCM 7.1 and English: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Extras: Commentary, HD Exclusive Featurettes, Deleted Scenes and More!
- Packaging: Standard Blu-Ray keepcase
- Final Tally: 92% – B+
Good Luck Chuck brings nothing new to the table, but it’s charming. When you look at the Dane Cook films that preceded this release, that’s enough to make you readdress past problems with the MySpace Generation comedian. The unrated cut’s five extra minutes are dedicated to increased nudity and more of the raw sexuality that’s so key to the film’s plot. Dane Cook finally cuts loose with this adult material and finds a way to break out of that teenage comedy album funk in which he’s been trapped. If Cook’s new film marks this much of an improvement, then consider me sold.
Good Luck Chuck comes to Blu-Ray with this unrated edition. Somewhere along the line, LionsGate chose to open the transfer up from the theatrical flat showing to a Home Theater friendly 1.78:1 HD transfer. The Dolby Digital PCM 7.1 track is pretty clean and clear. It’s just that the film doesn’t have an engrossing mix to draw you into a theatrical experience. That is unless you like having a surround sound approach to moaning and the pop song soundtrack.
Dane Cook leads a funny commentary track that also feature’s the film’s director, producer and screenwriter. None of the other men seem to be able to get a word in when Cook starts talking. Maybe, Dane Cook should’ve been given his own track. There are a couple of featurettes about the oddities included in the film. So, if you ever wanted to learn more about Polymastia, then this is your chance to be informed.
The greatest special feature would have to be the Sex Matrix. Towards the middle of the film, we’re given a sex montage where Charlie bangs his way through about twenty different women. The gag reel and ad-libs are only funny for one viewing. But, what I thought was neat were the deleted/alternate scenes. I’d recommend watching the alternate ending immediately after finishing the film to see what could’ve been. I’m not sure who got it changed, but maybe this first ending could’ve saved the film from into yet another predictable romantic comedy.
Good Luck Chuck brings something new with its Blu-Ray release. There’s the added bonus of a few Blu-Ray exclusive material that offer a little more humor. The major difference and reason to buy the Blu-Ray edition is because of the added next-gen benefits. The seamless menus coupled with the expansive A/V Quality improvements take the film to the next level. While a lot of people not care about seeing a woman with three breats in High Definition, I’d like to think that the AV readership can find something to appreciate there.
Dane Cook is actually starting to develop an identity on film. If you would’ve asked me if such a thing was possible after the one-two punch of Waiting… and Employee of the Month, I would’ve said that you were on drugs. By addressing the constraints of his material and giving him an excellent comedic partner in Dan Fogler, Dane Cook is starting to take the energy of his live shows to the big screen. Cook has an army of fans for a reason and I’m glad that I’m starting to catch a little of that enthusiasm with this surprising performance. There’s still going to be some people out there that won’t want to give the film a chance due to Cook’s involvement. All I’m saying is to bite the bullet and give it a rental. A few bucks isn’t that much to take a shot on a changed man.
RELEASE DATE: 1/15/08