Garden State—20th Century Fox
Zack Braff, the lovable doctor from NBC's Scrubs, wrote, directed, and starred in Garden State. Normally I would say that trifecta is the recipe for a self-indulgent disaster, but in this case it really works. It's the old story of messed-up boy meets messed-up girl, and together they reduce their respected messed-upness. It's remarkably well done and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.
It seems like it was raining every day of shooting, so the overall look of the movie is rather muted. The picture is noise-free but not as detailed as some sharp DVDs. It is, of course, anamorphic and sports a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Your surround speakers and subwoofer aren't going to get much of a workout from the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, but the dialogue and excellent music come through loud and clear.
While there aren't many extras, the ones you do get are pretty good. There are two commentary tracks, one with Braff and costar Natalie Portman and the other with Braff, his director of photography, the editor, and the production designer. This same group offers commentary on the many deleted scenes. There's a decent making-of documentary with lots of interviews and behind-the-scenes info. Lastly, you'll find an outtake/blooper reel.
If you're looking for a well-made movie to put you in a good mood, this one will do it every time. It's worth a buy just for that.