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Flipped
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG (Language and Some Thematic Material)

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Starring: Madeline Carrol, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney, Penelope Ann Miller, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Weisman

Screenplay by: Rob Reiner & Adrew Scheinman
Based on the novel by: Wendelin Van Draaen

Directed by: Rob Reiner

 

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $35.99

Features: The Differences Between A Boy and a Girl, Embarrassing Egg-scuses, How To Make The Best Volcano, Flipped: Anatomy Of A Near Kiss

Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selections (10 Scenes), Two-Disc Set

Released: November 23, 2010

 


"Flipped" is presented in 1080p high definition, preserving its widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This is an outstanding, nearly flawless transfer. The picture quality looks sharp: there's a real warmth to the cinematography here, which heightens the film's nostalgia and slightly golden color scheme. Color saturation is excellent: it is full-bodied, pulses with life and never smears. Black levels are solid and fleshtones hit their mark too. Detail must also be noted: in close-ups you can see all the little nuances of shirt patterns and the hairs on the actors' skin. Coming off the best are the outdoor shots: the leafy, tree-filled suburbia here looks quite idyllic, like a living photograph that you just want to jump into. Grain is very slight, and there is a little shimmering. Overall, this is a gorgeous and remarkably crisp transfer.


"Flipped" features a English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, which is quite pleasing given that this is a character-based film and not a action blockbuster. Surround effects aren't plentiful, but in the few instances that use the rears, they are worked subtly in — namely the school chatter and outdoor sounds from nature. Dialogue is always easy to hear, clear and free of distortion too. The music cues certainly make this mix, though: Marc Shaiman's score sounds rich through the channels, while the classic 1950s pop tunes are pretty boisterious. Fidelity on the track is pretty high, and the stage for all the elements is broad overall. This is a solid, nuanced track.

A Dolby Digital 5.1 track in Spanish is on the disc too. Also included are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

 


There's not too much here, and a lot of seems to be aimed at the younger viewers of the movie. The Differences Between A Boy and a Girl is your standard making-of featurette, and a brief one at that — running six-and-a-half minutes. We see footage from the set, while the two leads — Madeline Carrol and Callan McAufliffe — talk about the plot, their characters and the working relationship they have with each other. Director and co-writer Rob Reiner has a few things to say about the film's themes, working with the cast and saying this was the best set he's ever worked on. Light, fluffy and harmless. 

Embarrassing Egg-scues is a five minute featurette that focuses on the science project Juli does in the movie. There is some on-the-set footage, while Madeline Carroll and director Rob Reiner offer some brief comments and facts. Otherwise, we hear from two chicken wranglers who worked on the movie and we get a lot of cute footage of the animals. 

There's another science project-themed extra on the disc: How To Make The Best Volcano. Hosted by McAuliffe, in a mere 5 minutes you too can make your own volcano. Ask for your parents permission first, kids!

Flipped: Anatomy Of A Near Kiss is a 3 minute look at one of the film's more crucial scenes. The two young actors give some thoughts, and how they couldn't keep a straight face during the filming. Even though no one actually kisses in the scene, the close physical contact clearly offered some nerves — especially when Reiner teases Carroll. Cute. 

Also included is a DVD version of the movie along with a digital copy.

 


It's a little puzzling that Warner Bros. didn't offer a bigger push for "Flipped," especially after the success Rob Reiner had with "The Bucket List."(I sincerely hope that there were marketing concerns over such an innocent, family-friendly film.) The movie sports a nice presentation on Blu-ray, while the extras — as slim as they are — should be enjoyed by the younger fans of the film. "Flipped" feels like a throwback in a lot of ways, and here's hoping the movie finds a sizable audience on Blu-ray and DVD.