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She's All That

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG-13

Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Usher Raymond, Kimberly "Lil' Kim" Jones, Elden Hanson, Kevin Pollack, Kieran Culkin and Anna Paquin

Running Time: 96 Minutes

Written by R. Lee Felming Jr.

Directed by Robert Iscove

 

Retail Price: 29.99

Features: Music Video

Specs: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, English Captions, Chapter Search

No one was prepared for the success of She's All That when it debuted during January 1999. Yes, the whole teen movie craze was jump started by Scream, and She's All That further proved how hot it all was. The movie even spawned a hit song, "Kiss Me", by Sixpence None the Richer. Though now I feel the craze is starting to let down, with quite a few recent bombs (Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Whatever it Takes, Down to You to name some), She's All That is pretty much what a teen movie should be: stereotypical, pretty stupid, enjoyable and very predictable.

So, how's this for a teen plot? The ultra cool Zack Siler, with the brains, good looks and jockiness, makes a bet with his friend after he has been dumped by his snotty girlfriend: Can he change the school's biggest geek, Laney Boggs from outcast to prom queen? What will happen in this exciting (sarcasm there) and predictable teen soap opera? I am sure without seeing the movie you can draw your own conclusions.

I'm sure Disney will be selling quite a few of these puppies, this DVD is nothing special, despite the success of the film. It is what I expected from the studio: a average, not really cleaned up transfer, lack of supplements and an audio track which is nothing so special. You may have also heard that at the start of the pressing of this disc, there was faulty audio, and the disc was not mastered in 5.1. If you plan on purchasing the disc or have and want to exchange, make sure you don't get stuck with this problem. It's easy to spot: the correct disc will feature a sticker on the packaging, saying it has been mastered in 5.1.

 

 

The film is presented in the pre-Disney DVD days. She's All That is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and is NOT anamorphic. This, being the usual Disney transfer, has it's fair share of problems. Throughout the film, you'll notice quite a few artifacts, grain, lines and other things which gets in the way of viewing. While it doesn't truly ruin the film, it does get annoying. The film also does get a bit pixelated at times. What I also did not like about this transfer is that it seemed a touch faded during points in the movie. I don't know how many will notice this, but the movie was only a few months old from the time of the theatrical release to the DVD release, and shouldn't be faded at all. Color correction should have been used at the right spots, and you can't see every little detail. This is a good thing to watch out for, the start of the movie takes place at a high school, and in the background there is some nice scenary, which is not really noticeable or so clear. It is just simple to say the transfer is decent. There is nothing so bad, but nothing spectacular either.

 

The 5.1 sound is a little bit better than the transfer, but not by much. The LFE .1 is hardly used, and the most of the sound is in the front channels. Still, during the loud dance party scenes it all sounds good and well. The movie has a pretty good mix. Nothing really creative, but like the movie itself, predictable. Everything is utilized the way it should be, it fits perfectly with the movie and is simply fine. It's just nothing to get excited about.

This should be nice and short. Besides the usual Disney recommendations, She's All That features the music video for the song "Kiss Me", which I am sure you have all heard on the radio hundreds, or probably thousands of times. The song is by and performed by Sixpence None the Richer. I admit, it is a good song, but not so good when it is overplayed wherever you go. The video is in full frame, with two channel sound. It features some shots from the movie, and the movie's stars: Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. Depending on how much you like the video and song, the real question is how many times you'll watch it over and over.

The menus also lived up to my expectations: normal and simple, the Disney standard. The main menu features the movie's poster, complete with logo and shots of the two stars, and the logo's font for Play, Chapter Selection, Bonus Material and Setup. The menus are straight cuts, and feature the font for everything. The menus also feature pictures of actors from the movie, except for the chapter list which has a snapshot from the chapter and a caption, divided four per screen.

A very successful film at the box office, She's All That is sure to be a good seller for Disney. Though the video and sound are flawed, they are decent, and fit fine with the whole movie. This is a bare bones disc, the only extra is a music video. I am thinking Disney should have renamed this DVD "She's All Crap".

If you have seen She's All That and really enjoyed it, it is worth the purchase, as long as you plan to watch it a few times. If you have not seen it, but love corny, predictable and just plain mindless teen movies, it's a worth a rental - especially for the far out dance sequence! Also please keep in mind that the disc with 5.1 audio has a special sticker on it, saying it has been re-mastered that way.

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