The Virginity Hit appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The nature of the project made it tough to give the visuals an objective rating, but a “C” felt right.
That’s because the image was extremely erratic. Sharpness was one of those up and down elements. Some shots provided pretty nice clarity, while others could be rough and ill-defined. I noticed no edge enhancement, but occasional examples of jagged edges and shimmering appeared. Source flaws remained absent; I saw some video artifacts in low-light scenes, but those were inevitable.
Given the videotape origins, colors tended to be bland. Some shots offered moderate vivacity, but most of the hues were fairly flat and drab. Along the same path, blacks tended to be somewhat wan, while shadows usually appeared a bit opaque and dense. All of this was to be expected given the origins of the piece, so I thought a “C” made sense.
The film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack was more consistent, largely because it lacked much ambition. Occasional instances of stereo music appeared, and a few examples of mild environmental audio materialized from the front side speakers. These remained less than exciting, though, as they did little to utilize the spectrum. The mix opened things up in a mild way at best but didn’t do much.
Audio quality was acceptable. Music fared the best, as the songs and score showed fairly good vivacity. Effects were a minor component and seemed adequate. Speech tended to be erratic, as the source material meant the lines varied in intelligibility. Nonetheless, they usually appeared reasonably clear. Nothing exceptional occurred here, but the track fit with the movie.
When we shift to extras, we start with an audio commentary from writers/directors Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko and actors Zack Pearlman and Matt Bennett. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at cast and performances, aspects of the script/story and improvisation, sets and locations, shooting style, editing and structure, and many anecdotes from the set.
At times, the participants try too hard to make this a comedy track. For instance, they pretend that Zack's father "Dr. Pearlman" – apparently played by producer Owen Burke, who later throws in his own comments - participates and expresses mock horror at the events on screen. Those elements flop, and a cell call to actor Nicole Weaver goes nowhere, but we get a fair amount of good content. In spite of the looseness, the guys contribute a lot of useful material about the
flick, so we find a surprisingly nice overview.
The next two components look at casting materials. Screen Test with Matt and Zack goes for six minutes, 50 seconds and covers a few scenes. It’s a surprisingly involved piece and interesting to see, though some commentary/perspective would be good; I’d like to know where in the casting process this came.
Zack’s Online Audition lasts one minute, 56 seconds. In it, Pearlman provides a monologue about “repressed memories” related to masturbating. It’s not particularly amusing, but it’s a decent archival addition to the set.
We get alternate readings via the Line-O-Rama. The collection goes for three minutes, 29 seconds and covers a lot of unused lines. We find this feature on a lot of comedy DVDs, and usually they’re fun, but this batch is forgettable; we just get a bunch of Zack’s riffs on the “I’m going to do for your virginity…” scene. Given that nothing in the final flick amuses, there’s no reason to believe the cut material would be worthwhile; the clips live down to expectations.
Finally, a featurette called Jersey Girl runs two minutes, 44 seconds. It shows us that while her co-stars went Hollywood, Nicole Weaver stayed at her TGI Friday’s job even after shooting the movie. Though it’s not especially fascinating, it’s vaguely interesting, and it’s always nice to see more of the adorable Weaver.
The disc opens with ads for Faster, Red Hill, Community, The Other Guys and Step Brothers. These also appear under Previews. No trailer for Hit shows up here.
With Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as producers, you might expect The Virginity Hit to provide good laughs. Nope – I can’t say that it even boasted a single minor chuckle. The movie just plods along and lacks any actual purpose or sense of entertainment value. The DVD gives us acceptable picture and audio along with a decent set of supplements. Skip this utterly forgettable teen comedy.