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10 Things I Hate About You

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG-13

Studio: Disney

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, Chapter Search

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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