The “Juno” Cinderella story has come and gone, but the $200 million indie champ is poised to swell up again as Fox Searchlight gives birth to a long-awaited DVD. The special two-disc packaging is as light-hearted and audacious as the Oscar-winning pic, featuring a cast-and-crew ‘rock out,’ plenty of tongue-in-cheek antics and a second digital disc for portable players.
Highlights include a gag take featuring Rainn Wilson sparring with director Jason Reitman over how to properly distribute grocery bags, as well as Ellen Page’s electrifying screen test; the actress obviously embraced the role of the snarky, impregnated teen long before shooting commenced.
A raft of Page’s ‘Juno-isms’ also tailor the disc’s special features, which — depending on your take on the vernacular — may or may not disrupt auds’ viewing pleasure. (I mean, how many 16-year-olds actually reference Badfinger in a joke these days?)
As for the pic’s deleted scenes, most are bereft of any hidden treasures; still, well played. Rather than chopping them up like edit-room scraps, Reitman integrates some into the final cut, giving you a better idea of Diablo Cody’s original screenplay. In one scene in particular, Page shows off her guitar skills while singing an ode to Bleeker (Michael Cera) at a local open-mic gig. The only problem is the track is painfully coy. That and the subsequent dialogue may induce severe cramping.
Although clichéd moments linger, the dry wit ultimately spills over off-screen. In one hilarious outtake, Jason Bateman asks Reitman about the necessity of one of Cody’s jokes, then proceeds to say ‘Fuck Diablo!’ — knowing that the camera is rolling the entire time.
Oddly enough, Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody are noticeably absent from the DVD’s features. Yes, the duo provide a walk-in-the-park audio commentary, but it’s unlikely to satiate either an aspiring filmmaker or a rabid fan.