10 Things I Hate About You appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Though the visuals never quite excelled, they satisfied.
Sharpness seemed fine. Occasional shots looked a bit iffy, but those werenít a major concern. The majority of the movie exhibited nice clarity and delineation. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, but I saw mild edge haloes. In addition, a smattering of print flaws materialized. The film suffered from sporadic instances of specks. These werenít heavy, but they caused some distractions.
Colors tended to be fairly good. The lively palette usually looked fairly full. Blacks were acceptably deep and dark, while shadows seemed clear and smooth. At no point did this become a strong presentation, but it worked fine.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of 10 Things was pretty good given the nature of the story. Donít expect much from the back speakers, though. The surround channels received little usage and mainly offered some ambient fill for the nearly omnipresent rock or rap music that played. Other than that, I detected exactly one split surround effect when Mr. Stratford accidentally released a rubber exercise band and it flew to the rear right speaker. The nightclub scene used the back speakers nicely, though.
While they didn't make much use of the rears, the sound designers did a good job with the front speakers. 10 Things boasted a wide front soundstage that did its job so well I barely missed the lack of
Surrounds, as it opened up the image well.
The quality of the audio remained positive. Speech could be a bit thin, but the lines always appeared concise and distinctive. Effects didnít play a big role, but they came across as acceptably accurate.
Music was an important part of the track but its quality varied. Some songs boasted good vivacity and range, while others tended to be somewhat tinny and without great low-end. All of this left us with a ďBĒ soundtrack.
How did the picture and sound of this Blu-ray compare to the filmís 10th Anniversary DVD version? The lossless audio didnít add much to the proceedings. I thought it was a smidgen more dynamic, but this wasnít exactly a dazzling soundtrack, so I didnít hear major differences.
Visuals did demonstrate a decent step up. Iím sure both came from the same transfer, but the Blu-ray offered the standard upgrade in terms of definition and clarity. While it didnít blow away the DVD, it appeared more accurate overall.
The Blu-ray duplicates the extras from the ď10th Anniversary EditionĒ of 10 Things. We launch with an audio commentary from co-writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith and actors Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz, Larisa Oleynik and Susan May Pratt. All of them sit together for this running, screen-specific chat. They discuss sets and locations, cast, characters and performances, and a few other aspects of the production.
Expect a highly anecdotal track here. The actors dominate and mostly get into their various experiences during the shoot. If you want tons of great filmmaking insights, youíll be disappointed, but it you desire a fun look back at the set, youíll be happy. The participants create a breezy and enjoyable take on the flick that will doubtless be satisfying to the movieís fans.
A retrospective documentary called 10 Things I Love About 10 Things I Hate About You 10 Years Later runs 35 minutes, five seconds. It includes new remarks from McCullah Lutz, Smith, director Gil Junger and executive music supervisor Ralph Sall as well as archival clips with Oleynik, Krumholtz, Keegan, Pratt, musicians Monique Powell, Kay Hanley and Brian Mashburn and actors Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Allison Janney, David Leisure, and Gabrielle Union. We learn a little about the flickís inspirations, the Shakespeare influence, and the script, what Junger brought to the film, cast and performances, shooting in Washington state, music, and deleted scenes.
Though somewhat fluffy, ďLoveĒ manages to offer a pretty good overview of the production. Since he didnít do a commentary, Iím glad we hear from Junger here; he adds a useful perspective absent from that commentary. The piece never becomes especially deep, but itís enjoyable and reasonably informative.
A few ads open the disc. We get promos for When In Rome, Extract, and Surrogates. These also pop up under Sneak Peeks along with a clip for Blu-ray Disc. No trailer for the 10 Things movie shows up here.
Note that the package claims it will include deleted scenes. Donít look for a separate section with these; a handful of them show up in the documentary, but thatís it. It seems a bit misleading for the case to promise deleted scenes but present them in this manner.
10 Things I Hate About You ranges from puerile to simply predictable. Itís made watchable only through the charming and effective performances of its then-young cast. The Blu-ray provides good picture along with satisfying audio and a few interesting supplements. This Blu-ray should please fans.
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