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10 Things I Hate About You
review by Zach B.
Starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph
Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, Larry Miller, Andrew Keegan,
David Krumholtz, Susan May Pratt
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith
Directed by Gil Junger
Retail Price: 29.99
Features: Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby
Digital English, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Captions,
One of the better teen movies out there, "10 Things I
Hate About You" is a very good romantic comedy based on
William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew". The cast is
young and energetic with some excellent acting, the script
is nicely done and creates a good setting and plot, and the
direction is pretty good. Even if you are not into the whole
teen movie craze, this film was a sleeper, and I think all
audience will enjoy it.
The film follows Cameron (Levitt) a new student at a new
school, where eyes the beautiful Bianica (Oleynik). There,
he wants to go out with her really bad, and is befriended by
the nerdy Michael. However, Bianica's father (a hilarious
Larry Miller) won't let her date until her older sister,
Kat, does. To solve this problem, Michael and Cameron get
Patrick (Ledger), a guy with a bad rep to date her. However,
the most popular guy in school, Joey (Keegen) gets into the
mix. As Patrick attempts to woo Kat for his own purposes, he
soon realizes he is actually falling in love.
The movie itself is pretty predictable, and there is some
foreshadowing at the end. However, the script is really
smart and does a good job of developing the characters, is
that it really works. I've pretty much said all that I have
to say about this movie. It's really entertaining, and is
fun, plus has a good soundtrack. If you have had the least
bit interest in this movie, I say you go check it out. Now,
how do I loathe this disc? Let me count the ways.
This is by far one of the WORST transfers I have ever
seen. For one thing, it's not anamorphic, which at the time,
was pretty expected from Disney. However, there are so many
artifacts, scratches and dirt on the print that it makes it
pretty unwatchable. In addition to this, detail isn't so
great, and colors appear to be oversaturated. Things also
appear faded at times. It's just a horrible transfer...
especially for a really recent film.
The .1 LFE is really for the music, and that's when the
5.1 all comes together really. The 5.1 Dolby Digital English
is nothing special at all, but it's not too bad. Dialogue is
clear, but as said, nothing too spectacular. It's not so
original. It could have been an above average mix if done
right, but it's average. English captions are included.
Though I find it really interesting when you turn on the
French track, the opening and ending credit title sequences
appear in French... kind of odd if you ask me.
The film's theatrical trailer is included. It looks a
little better than the film itself actually. Once again, a
standard Disney release.
"10 Things I Hate About You" is a good film, but this DVD
release is horrible. Unless you MUST own this movie in the
DVD format, avoid it. If Disney is feeling generous, they
should re-release this movie in anamorphic widescreen (with
improved video, of course) and add some commentaries.
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