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  • Hot Chick, The

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on May 13th, 2003

    Overall
    Film
    Video
    Audio
    Extras
    (out of 5)

    Synopsis

    An ancient artifact causes the body of the most popular girl in high school to be switched with that of a low life 30 year old male. She finds that life in a man’s body is not so easy and she needs to convince her friends that it is really her and figure out how to switch her body back. This is probably the best Rob Schneider film to date, full of cameos form the likes of Adam Sandler.

    Audio

    Featuring a pumped up 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track the audio on this disk…is well done. With a punchy pop music soundtrack we have good bass and localization. The rear speakers are put to good use with music and effects for the sight gags ion the movie. Dialogue is easily intelligible with no issues. The audio is not ground breaking but is above average and will test your rear speaker’s bass abilities. Also included is a French Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track and Spanish subtitles.

    Video

    With a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer the video quality of this disk is average. The first little bit of the movie has a pumped up contrast ratio with a loss of detail in some of the brighter areas of the image. I expect that this was done to give this very colorful film that extra bit of punch as it features lots of really bright colors in the pink and yellow area. Past that there are no other image issues and the transfer is free of any grit or grain.

    Extra Features

    The extra features starts off with 14 deleted scenes and an alternate ending, with most of these it is obvious why they where cut but I think that the film would have benefited from the cut Will Sasso scenes. A series of behind-the-scenes featurettes two of which are about a guy playing a girl and a girl playing a guy, the other hot chicks in the film and the different cameos, these are you typical making of shorts. Lastly we have a somewhat entertaining commentary with the director Tom Brady (note to the studios, if you are going to make a vehicle film it might be a good idea to have that person sit in for the commentary) and a music video for one of the pumped up pop songs from the film with the group Zed. Overall the extras are alright but, really nothing out of the ordinary. Menus are of the decent motion and scored variety.

    Final Thoughts

    Having been larger unimpressed with most of Rob Schneider’s other films I was really not expecting much out of this film. I was surprised with a somewhat original take on an old story line with decent acting and it was genuinely funny.

    Special Features List

    • Commentary by director Tom Brady
    • Deleted scenes including alternate ending
    • Behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Music video
    Posted In: 1.85:1 Widescreen, Buena Vista, Comedy, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital 2.0 (French), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), DVD

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