Tuesday, August 4, 2009

17 Again Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 18.6 GB
Film Size: 15.6 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: Free

Video
17 Again comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The beginning of the film has a filtered look to show a flashback of a character while in high school, so don't be shocked by the odd video quality at the beginning (Screenshot available at the bottom of the review). After the flashback the presentation is much much better, despite a few scenes where the colors seemed a bit drained.

The film is also quite a bit soft at times, but not too bad. The majority of scenes were fine though, detail was fantastic sharp and colors were nice and vibrant. I was very pleased overall with the look, it's not amazing but it's not bad either. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included and is fairly average. Dialogue was clear, while the film relied on very little effects. The film's music was light but pleasant, expanding into the surround area. The track is not impressive, but it definitely gets the job done. You can only expect so much from a comedy. Fans of the film will be pleased. 8/10.

Extras

Disc 1:

Zac Goes Back (12:31) (HD)
Zac Efron and the cast and crew talk about the film, from specific scenes (basketball) to the characters.

Going Back To 17 (3:14) (HD)
The cast and crew talk about high school and their experiences.

Way Cool Tell-All Trivia Track
A pop-up trivia track featuring facts about the film and cast, as well as '80s trivia.

Breakin' Character Outtakes (3:25) (HD)
See the goof-ups both on and off set.

Zac's Dance Flashback (2:10) (HD)
A deleted '80s dance sequence from the film, with explanations from the cast and crew.

Additional Scenes (16:06) (SD)
13 deleted scenes are included and are fairly average, only for big fans of the film.

BD-Live:
Zac's Commentary
Tom Lennon and Melora Hardin Unfiltered: Two Comedic Improv Masters Come Together
Zac Attacks: Mike and Ned's Hilarious Battle with Medieval Science-Fiction Weapons)

Disc 2:

DVD Copy of the film
Digital Copy of the film (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media)

Blu-news Summary
17 Again was a surprisingly funny comedy, that anyone with interest in the film should enjoy quite a bit, whether it be a rental or a purchase. The cast is very funny, and while the film's plot was a bit silly, it's still enjoyable.

The Blu-ray release features good video, pleasing audio, and a good amount of bonus content. 17 Again is 'Worth A Look.'

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Additional Screenshots:

Flashback Opening Scene Screenshot:


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