Monday, April 13, 2009

Mean Girls Blu-ray Review

Mean Girls Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 33.8 GB
Film Size: 28.8 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: Free

Video
Mean Girls comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The Blu-ray presentation is fantastic, and a revelation when compared to the previous DVD release, and even the HD rental. The Blu-ray release is sharp and quite detailed, and colors are especially fantastic. Colors are rich and vibrant, and black levels are very solid. Detail impresses in clothing textures, as well as facial and hair details. Blu-ray is all about upgrade, and this one provides just that. 8/10.

Audio
Paramount has included a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track for the Blu-ray release, and it sounds about as good as I had expected. The track provides a clear and enjoyable audio experience, but don't go in expecting a surround sound miracle. The film is very front heavy, with very little surround use. That being said, it's clear and as good as the track can probably be. 7/10.

Extras

Audio Commentary
by Director Mark Waters, Screenplay Writer & Actress Tina Fey and Producer Lorne Michaels

Only The Strong Survive (24:52) (SD)
The cast talks about behaviors of girls towards each other. Tina Fey also talks about the book 'Queen Bees and Wannabes'. The crew also discusses the casting, and how they each tried out for different parts and wanted different parts.
The Politics Of Girl World (10:33) (SD)
Rosalind Wiseman discusses why she wrote 'Queen Bees & Wannabes,' and discusses cliques as seen in the film.

Plastic Fashion (10:25) (SD)
The costume discusses the fashion in the film, and what affects their decision. The film takes place over an entire year, so the fashion has to change according to the season in the film as well. Character development throughout the film affects the wardrobe as well, particularly the wardrobe for Lindsay Lohan.
Word Vomit (5:43) (SD)
Bloopers from the film, a lot of it is actually very funny.

So Fetch - Deleted Scenes (7:01) (SD)
9 deleted scenes are included, and are available with commentary by Director Mark Waters and Screenplay Writer & Actress Tina Fey. They are actually all very funny, but a lot of them were too random to make a transition from one scene to another in the film. By themselves though, they are great.

Interstitials (1:39) (SD)
Promotional material to show off the film with just the characters. The first one features the Plastics as they try to explain frenemies, the second one has Lindsay Lohan talking about being new to the school, and being well adjusted to her new school. The last one is a PSA style interstitial from the Plastics as they discuss how hard it is to be a girl. 7/10 teenage girls have a negative body image, but who cares, because 6 of those girls are right.

Theatrical Trailer (2:35) (SD)

Blu-news Summary
Mean Girls is the best teen comedy I have ever seen. The film uses aspects similar to other favorite films of mine, including Heathers, Clueless, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The film is so funny and smart, unlike most teen comedies we have come to experience as of late. The film doesn't put it's focus on teens trying to get laid like most comedies today. Mean Girls is a whole different level thanks to Tina Fey, and the fantastic cast involved. The film has a lot of characters you may relate to from your high school days, and it all comes together extremely well. Casting was absolutely perfect for this, and everyone should at least give this film a rent before writing it off.

The Blu-ray release is about as good as it gets. The video presentation is very impressive, especially when compared to both the DVD and HD broadcasts. I have seen the film many times on both DVD, and in HD, and the Blu-ray tops both experiences. Audio isn't a huge difference, but it is definitely improved. All extras from the DVD release have been included, and for the most part very entertaining. Mean Girls on Blu-ray is a 'Must Own' for me, but to all others I would say it's 'Highly Recommended.'

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