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review by Zach B.
MPAA Rating: PG (Language and Some Thematic Material)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
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,
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.
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,
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.
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.