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5.0 out of 5 stars Two-Disc Special Edition Chock Full o' Extras!, April 14, 2008
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This review is from: Juno (Two-Disc Special Edition with Digital Copy) (DVD)
Juno was Little Miss Sunshine of 2007 - the little independent film that could. Once the studio realized that it had a successful crowd-pleaser on its hands, the film was promoted from the art-house circuit to the multiplexes. Actress Ellen Page and first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody became the film's breakout stars garnering the lion's share of critical raves and awards with Page getting an Independent Spirit Award and Cody an Academy Award. Now that all of the dust has settled, Juno can be reassessed to see if it really has the staying power and substance to cut through all of the hype and stand-up to the inevitable backlash.

There is an audio commentary by director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody. The first thing that you notice when listening to Cody talking is how well Ellen Page mimicked her way of speaking. Reitman tends to dominate the track and, not surprisingly, talks about filmmaking aspects like the casting of minor roles, the attention to details for the sets, how he shot certain scenes, and so on. This is pretty decent track filled with lots of anecdotal stories and production details.

Also included are 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Reitman and Cody. We meet Juno's crazy next-door neighbour. There's also a different introduction to Juno's family. We see Mark and Vanessa's first attempt to adopt. There's also an amusing bit where Juno has a solo gig and sings a song about getting pregnant. These are all good scenes and Reitman explains why there were cut.

There is the obligatory "Gag Reel," a hilarious collection of blown lines and goofs with Bateman making Page break character time and time again.

The "Gag Take" is an odd scene where Rainn Wilson and Reitman get into it with a mock heated argument.

"Cast and Crew Jam" features the cast and crew members rockin' out to a song in this mock music video.

There are "Screen Tests" for Ellen Page and Michael Cera. In the scene they do together you already see them in character and displaying excellent chemistry. There is also a test with Page and Olivia Thirlby and one with Page and J.K. Simmons as well.

"Way Beyond `Our' Maturity Level" takes a look at the characters of Bleeker, Juno and her best friend Leah with interviews with the actors that inhabit them. Diablo Cody talks about how they are based on people in her life.

"Diablo Cody is Totally Boss" is a profile of this novice screenwriter who got her start writing a blog and got noticed by a film producer. Reitman recalls his initial impressions of the script and the cast gush about its "unique voice."

"Jason Reitman for Shizz" takes a look at the director. The producers gush about how he was the right fit for the material. He talks about establishing the right tone and how he shared the same vision for the film as Cody.

"Honest to Blog!: Creating Juno" features Cody and Reitman talking about how the film came together. She credits her stylized dialogue to spending lots of time on the Internet. Cody also talks about how she came up with the idea for the story. They talk about specific scenes and her knack for depicting an unconventional family.
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Initial post: Apr 15, 2008 4:00:14 PM PDT
M. B Cole says:
Loved this movie. Nice review on the DVD also. I had to pick up a 'burned' copy here in Iraq so I dont get all the extras..heh.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 9:50:11 PM PDT
M. Sanges says:
THANK YOU! Out of all of these reviews, I didn't spot a one that had ANY mention whatsoever about *this particular edition of the DVD*, everyone just goes on and on about the movie--but if we're looking at a 2-disc special edition, chances are we all know well and good about the movie itself. Thanks again for putting the "sense" back in "common sense" here amongst the sea of dvd reviews. Thank you thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2008 11:49:03 PM PDT
the only extra on the 2 disc is a digital copy. Everything else is the same as the single disc.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2008 3:40:39 AM PDT
Uh, no it's not. Just take a look at the back of the box of each version. The featurettes are NOT listed on the single disc. The 2-disc is definitely a rip-off since the featurettes all fit on one disc, but there is a difference between the versions. But Disc 2 of the SE is just the pointless "Digital Copy".

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2008 3:40:45 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 17, 2008 8:20:43 AM PDT
N. Mok says:
As M. Sanges mentioned great review of this particular 2 disc special edition, as all the other reviews are useless drivel when describing this edition and the one disc version.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2008 8:26:13 AM PDT
Cubist says:
Thank you! Yeah, I'm always frustrated at DVD reviews that don't mention what the extras are and what they are like so I try to make a point to mention them.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 5:31:10 AM PDT
Hal Lancer says:
Thank you, Cubist. It would seem that you're one of the only people posting a review here to date who has actually bothered **to watch** the 2-disk edition before writing a review of it. (There... does that make my comment sarcastically appropriate to the spirit of this film??)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2008 8:00:03 AM PDT
Cubist says:
Thanks, D. Ayars. Yeah, if you don't really care about having a "digital copy" that you can download onto your computer than I would go for the single disc DVD as it has all the other extras.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2008 1:11:37 PM PDT
Brewster says:
That was DENIED in an earlier post:

Ross J. Raniere says:
Uh, no it's not. Just take a look at the back of the box of each version. The featurettes are NOT listed on the single disc. The 2-disc is definitely a rip-off since the featurettes all fit on one disc, but there is a difference between the versions. But Disc 2 of the SE is just the pointless "Digital Copy".

Does anyone KNOW that ACTUAL truth???????
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