In this quirky romantic comedy about love and fate, a young greeting card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is hopelessly, helplessly searching for the girl of his dreams…and his new co-worker, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), may just be “the one.” But the 500 days of their offbeat relationship reveal (in no particular order) that the road to happiness can be unpredictable, uncontrollable—and unbelievably funny!

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Year: 2009
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Run time: 95 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

The film doesn’t follow a linear path, instead jumping from one day to another, for instance day 3 and then to day 344. What we see is the ups and downs of a romance between two young people. But what we get is a look at love, romance and the search for the perfect match. In the early days we are privy to the courtship of Summer by Tom, how he finally gets the nerve to ask her out, how he gets to know her and her getting to know him as well. And as with most romances, the two enjoy each other’s company and all of the details that become second nature to them both.

But as time progresses, or in this case moves back and forth, we see the change in their relationship. Gone are the small enjoyments in a look, a laugh, a whisper, replaced with finding these same things that were once treasures now annoyances. And yet, they remain together. Until the fateful day when Summer announces she wants to be friends, those killing words to any hope of being a couple.

This movie is about dreams of romance. Not just those of the couple we witness on screen but in the dream of romance that everyone searches for in their lifetime. And while some never find it, others do. While some hope for the one to walk into their lives, others find that special someone over time. And this film captures that in its combination of vignettes that come together to form one thoroughly enjoyable movie.
Movie Quality: 8.5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. I found this print to be rather eye pleasing with vibrant colors. Fleshtones are very natural and accurate. Black levels are solid throughout. The image was also sharp with excellent details. The image is clean and pristine making this a very nice looking image.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This film is a dialogue driven film. Dialogue was clean through the center channel with a nice degree of depth. I never had to raise or lower the volume to make out what was being said. The soundfield does get a few effects into play, but nothing major. The soundtrack takes advantage of the soundfield with audio also lightly pouring through the rears. I found this to be more of a front heavy experience due to the type of film.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Marc Webb, Writer Michael Webber, Co-Writer Scott Newstator and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Lost Days of Summer: 9 Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Marc Webb, Writer Michael Webber, Co-Writer Scott Newstator and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Means Cinemash: “Sid and Nancy/500 Days of Summer”
  • Not A Love Story:Making 500 Days of Summer
  • 6 Conversations with Zoe and Joseph
  • Music Video: Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
  • Bank Dance Directed by Marc Webb
  • Summer At Sundance
  • 2 Audition Tapes
  • Summer Storyboards
  • Filmmaking Specials
  • Trailer Farm: Amelia, Fame, Adam, Defying Gravity Season 1

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

‘(500) Days of Summer’ was a film that took me by surprise. There were so many different directions it could have gone. Surprisingly enough, it takes them all but not in direct order. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, you will not be disappointed with this film as it is well worth the purchase.
Overall Rating: 9/10