Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Can't Hardly Wait: 10 Year Reunion Edition Blu-ray Review

Can't Hardly Wait: 10 Year Reunion Edition Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson

Video
Can't Hardly Wait comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer. Colors are great, especially vibrant in well-lit scenes. Detail is decent, although no where near amazing. The film does have quite a soft look, but still manages to look very good overall. Grain is present throughout, but usually very minimal and hardly intrusive. I was not expecting much from the transfer, and while the film does show it's age, I was still happy with the outcome. 7/10.

Audio
Sony provides the film with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track, which sounds decent. The film is extremely dialogue driven, and sounds quite clear. Decent use was made of the surround speakers, although it was not amazing. The cop scene at the party sounded quite good, and one of the strongest audio moments in the film, with music roaring, and everyone running around the place screaming . Can't Hardly Wait does not sound bad at all, fantastic at times even, and sounds quite good for a catalog comedy. 7/10.

Extras
Original Filmmaker & Cast Commentary
Filmmaker & Cast Commentary - 10 Years Later
Featurettes:
Huntington Hills High Class Of '98 Reunion (26:43) (HD)
Can't Hardly Wait: The Making Of A Teen Classic (14:28) (HD)
The Life Of The Party (9:28) (HD)
Deleted Scenes:
''Pop Tarts?" (:26) (SD)
Extended Dendrophillia (:50) (SD)
Alternate Trip McNeely (2:39) (SD)
Alternate Jail Scene (1:39) (SD)
Extended Party Bust (:47) (SD)
This Party Sucks (1:04) (SD)
Special K's 411 Track Yo' - Fun Facts and Trivia Pop-Up Track
You Know You're '90's If... Trivia Game Testing Your Knowledge Of The 1990's.
'I Can't Get Enough Of You Baby' Music Video (2:52) (SD)
Previews (HD)

2 commentaries are included, the original, as well as a new commentary by Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Seth Green, Donald Faison, Joel McHaley, and Peter Facinelli. They brought a bunch of the cast to discuss the film, and other cast members in the featurettes. The featurettes are all featured in high-definition, and provide an interesting look at the film's moments and overall thoughts as well. The deleted scenes were quite funny, particularly the crying drunk girl being arrested. The pop-up track was quite ridiculous, but I could see some getting a laugh, even learning a bit from it. The trivia game is quite fun, and supposedly 2-player capable with BD-Live, but we will see when it launches. I can't imagine anyone being dissatisfied with the extras included on this 10 year reunion edition. 7/10.

Blu-ray Exclusive
BD-Live

At the time of writing, BD-Live is not live on Can't Hardly Wait. I am not expecting much to pop up other than the supposed BD-Live compatible trivia game listed above, but when it does launch we will update this portion of the review.

Blu-news Summary
Can't Hardly Wait is a hilarious 90's comedy, featuring many stars we still see today, such as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Seth Green. I could not remember if I viewed the film before, but a lot seemed familiar about it, and I enjoyed it very much. The video is quite good considering the source, and the audio made good use with what it had. Extras were very good, very funny and entertaining, a solid package overall. 'Recommended.'

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