Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Women in Trouble Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 19.3 GB
Film Size: 17.7 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A
The Video
Women In Trouble comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film always features a clear high-def look, but at times can look more like an HD television broadcast over a Blu-ray release.

This partly has to do with the cameras being used, which definitely appear to be more low-end consumer cameras. The release features a good amount of clarity and generally strong colors, but it does lack fine detail which is a shame.

The film is usually decently sharp but can also be quite soft, making this release look quite uneven as a whole. The quality definitely varies from scene to scene. The upgrade from DVD is clear throughout, but this is still far from an impressive video presentation. 6/10.

The Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and also has some disappointing flaws. The mix is very dull as far as surround use is concerned, everything is very front heavy with this film. There are also some issues which I experienced on this release which are most disappointing of all.

The audio appears to go very slightly out of sync during a few scenes in the movie, which I always find distracting regardless of how out of sync it is. The moments are very brief, but they are there and I don’t know if this is an issue with the master or just the Blu-ray release. Dialogue as well as effects are presented front and center and are usually very clear.

Overall this mix is quite boring and the issues are quite underwhelming. The track does a good job at presenting the material for the most part; just don’t expect a surround sound experience whatsoever. Overall viewers will likely find themselves somewhat satisfied by the audio. 5/10.

The Extras

Behind the Scenes with Holly Rocket and Elektra Luxx (1:49) (HD)
Not very much of a behind-the-scenes look, more like a promotional piece you would see on MTV.

Pool Teaser Trailer (1:06) (HD)
A very sexy teaser trailer, this will definitely spark curiosity.

Deleted Scenes (HD)
Six therapy monologue scenes all presented in high-definition.

The behind-the-scenes is not really what it says it is, the teaser trailer is sexy and the deleted scenes are deleted for a reason. I hate to be so negative, but these features are extremely disappointing, there is no depth at all to be found. I will give them points for at least presenting the material in high-definition, something they could have easily chosen not to do. 3/10.

The Movie
Women in Trouble definitely feels lower budget from the very first frame, but the movie is actually not bad at all. The writing in particular is quite clever and makes the movie a bit more likable than it could have been.

The movie revolves many different types of women including a pregnant porn star, a couple of call girls, a scorned psychiatrist, a teenage Goth, and a flight attendant with a crush on a famous passenger. The characters in the film all feature their own storylines but they all intersect each other as seen with a couple of films this past year and this year.

The movie definitely could have been executed better, it is complicated to mix all these storylines and characters into one film, but it can be done. The movie at times does feel more like it should have been a play. The cast is interesting and for the most part are very fun.

The movie does nothing to stand out among the rest, but I went in with no expectations and found myself surprised that it was somewhat decent. The story is a mix of comedy and drama which will ultimately satisfy viewers, but lacks replay value.

The movie is something I think many will enjoy watching at least once. The material is of good quality despite weaker moments in the film and there are definitely some good laughs to be found. Overall I recommend you rent it first. 6/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Women In Trouble could also be called ‘Blu-ray In Trouble’ as it definitely features some issues. The video presentation while decent is not anywhere near the best transfers on the format, although I do admit a lot appears to come from the way it was shot over anything.

The audio features a couple distracting minutes of lip sync issues which bugs me the most about this release. The extras are bland and the film does lack replay value. Overall this release is ‘Recommended’ to fans of the film; those new to the film should just ‘Rent it.

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