Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on August 19th, 2004
Ashley Olsen is the anal-retentive honour student who is off to New York to give a speech.Rocker bad-girl sister Mary-Kate is skipping school in order to hit the Big Apple also, hoping tocrash a music video shoot for the benefit of her band. Everything conspires against their success,with the principle antagonists being Eugene Levy as the obsessive truant officer after Mary-Kate,and Andy Richter (sporting a Chinese accent) as a music pirate whose crucial computer chipwinds …p in Ashley’s handbag.
Toss this one in with From Justin to Kelly as a movie that couldn’t possibly haveREALLY seemed like a good idea to anyone. Levy does his best to save the situation, Richterinspires nothing but deep and sorrowful sympathy for a career on a death dive, and the Olsensdisplay a total lack of star wattage.
The 5.1 track isn’t enormously exciting. The rock music that pounds during some of therunning about scenes need some serious boost, being altogether absent from the rear speakers(other, more orchestral soundtrack elements come across more successfully). There aren’t thatmany surround effects, even when our heroines are in the streets of New York.
The anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1 from the looks of it) is blessed by very strongcolours, blacks and contrasts. Perfection is not quite achieved, however, due to some minorgrain, and the picture stopping short of being as completely sharp as it could be. Still, a very solidvideo.
The extras couldn’t have taken too long to put together. You have your blooper reel, yourtheatrical trailer, your run-of-the-mill promo featurette (“In a New York Minute” — now there’s atitle for ya), and your theatrical trailer. There are 2 alternate endings, and “Mary-Kate andAshley’s Behind-the-Scenes Slide Show” is a scored still gallery done up as a slide show. As thedisc loads, ads come up for The Polar Express, Scooby-Doo 2 and (God help us),books based on the movie. The menu is scored.
Stop them before they act again.
Special Features List
- Blooper Reel
- 2 Alternate Endings
- Theatrical Trailer
- Making-of Featurette
- Behind-the-Scenes Slide Show