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by • December 26, 2012 • Blu-Ray, Home Video ReviewsComments (0)2

Blu-ray Review: SLEEPWALK WITH ME

SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Studio: MPI Media Group
Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief language
MSRP: $29.98, but Amazon has it for $24.99.
Running Time: 81 minutes

What’s Going On?

Official Synopsis:

A comedyifor anyone who’s ever hadia dream. And then jumped outia window.

Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie from Ira Glass and co-produced by This American Life. The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. Sleepwalk With Me features Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Carol Kane (Taxi), James Rebhorn (Meet The Parents), Cristin Milloti (star of Broadway’s Once), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.

Who’s In It:

 Lauren Ambrose
 Mike Birbiglia
 Carol Kane
 Jessi Klein
 Kristen Schaal
 Cristin Milioti
 James Rebhorn
 David Wain
 Wyatt Cenac
 Marc Maron
 Henry Phillips

If You Like…:

Mike Birbiglia is an up and coming stand up comedian and if you’re familiar with his work, or even the one man stage show that this movie is based on, you’ll absolutely love this film because most of that show is in this movie.

Special Features:

  • Q&A With Ira Glass & Mike Birbiglia Moderated By Joss Whedon At The Writers Guild Foundation
  • Making Of
  • Outtakes
  • Behind The Scenes Shorts
  • Trailer
  • Commentary With Mike Birbiglia & Ira Glass

The Technical Gist:

Video
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

The Verdict:

The strength of Mike’s comedic styling is how relatable it is, and if it’s not that relatable to you, at the very least it’s obvious how personal this story is. It’s more honest than most comedies out there because Birbiglia has a self deprecating schtick that just works. This disk thankfully is full of supplemental material that back up the authenticity of this story. It’s got an in-depth behind the scenes featurette, a Q&A, and a pretty good commentary. BUY IT

 

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