Monday, December 21, 2009

10 Things I Hate About You Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 30.8 GB
Film Size: 24.3 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: A
Video
10 Things I Hate About You makes it's Blu-ray debut with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks about how I expected, quite nice at times, though definitely dated. Grain is always present, which is a good thing for the majority of the film.

The film could have used a bit of a cleanup before coming to Blu-ray to be honest. While it's far from the dirtiest print I've seen on Blu-ray, dirt and specks do pop up quite casually. It's not too distracting as they are fairly small, but dirt and specks are there for the majority of the film.

Many scenes looked fine and impressive at times, but other scenes looked a bit too sharp at times, with the grain exhibiting the same look. The majority of the film looked quite natural, but at times I thought certain moments looked a bit odd. The oversharpened look is ugly when present, and while it was never horrendous it did bug me and thought it should be mentioned.

Wideshots at times lacked detail, but likely due to the way it was filmed over any tampering. Closeup shots and the typical scene shot look very good and detail can be quite impressive. Overall I thought the encode was fine, most of the issues I had can be associated with the print more than the transfer itself.

I don't see a re-release of the Blu-ray anytime soon and that's fine. I think many viewers will be very pleased with the high-def transfer, just don't go in expecting to be wowed at all as the high-def presentation is quite average. 6.5/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included on the Blu-ray release and has it's positives and negatives to be honest. I thought the mix started off great, music was clear and aggressive, and direction in even the music was fantastic and added to the film.

Once dialogue kicked in is where a few problems arose. I think dialogue is generally very clear and easy to understand, but during certain scenes it was definitely overpowered by music and sound effects.

Surprisingly, the mix is not as front heavy as I anticipated. Surround use is usually quite active, at least music wise, it definitely keeps the film feeling a bit more fresh. Effects were more front heavy but it's expected, though I must say they were well placed and feature great direction.

Overall I am quite pleased with the audio track. It's certainly an aggressive mix and is overall very good, dialogue sounded a bit dated from time to time but was fine. Fans of the film will certainly be delighted by the high-def audio mix provided. 7.5/10.

Extras

10 Things I Love About About 10 Things I Hate About You 10 Years Later (35:05) (HD)
The Director and Co-writers look back on 10 things that made their movie what it has become. In the mix are never-before-seen cast interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and lost deleted scenes. It's neat to see cast interviews from the time, but it would have been cool had they all came back to talk about it.

Audio Commentary
With Co-writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith and Actors Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz, Laris Oleynik & Susan May Pratt.

Extras on this '10th Anniversary Edition' are definitely lacking. The featurette provided has a lot of information put into one new and very informative presentation, but I think they could have made a deleted scene section and casting sessions section apart from the featurette.

It bothers me a bit that the Blu-ray release is not superior when it comes to extras, missing the originally planned Digital Copy, which can be found on the DVD release. This is definitely disappointing to see as this film is a must for anyone with an iPod and uses Digital Copies. 5/10.

Blu-news Summary
10 Things I Hate About You is now celebrating it's 10th anniversary with a new Blu-ray and DVD release of the film. The film is considered a classic by many, and while I don't think it is quite there yet, there's no denying this is one great comedy.

10 Things I Hate About You is based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, although loosely would be the best way to put it. What is so great about the film is the writing, the two ladies involved have gone on to do many fun films since this. The quality of the writing and humor is clear and it helps them stick out among the average comedy.

The film stars the late Heath Ledger (Likely one of the notable and easy reasons for this release), the lovable Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The cast includes many more talented and recognizable actors such as Allison Janney who has managed to retain the same busy career.

The film was definitely edgy for it's time and it holds up extremely well, while the music gives the film a 90's flashback, the humor is still going strong today. To say the movie helped the career of the actors invovled is an understatement, the movie is certainly one of the more popular films from the majority of the actors involved and the film is still so popular today.

10 Things I Hate About You is a fantastic romantic comedy and it's a film that has definitely made a name for itself among romantic comedies. The story is not so complicated, but the entire cast and crew involved make it truly entertaining. 9/10.

Overall the Blu-ray release is average, featuring average video, nice audio and a very satisfying featurette. Due to the average video presentation and lack of a Digital Copy like the DVD makes this release 'For Fans Only.'

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