HTF REVIEW: "Legally Blonde" Hands down must buy!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    LEGALLY BLONDE

    What an incentive to write a review tonight!
    I don't know where Reese Witherspoon or this
    movie came from, but it seems that someone
    suddenly opened up the windows and let in a
    breathe of fresh air. Legally Blonde is
    easily the most refreshing movie I have seen
    this Summer.
    Who would have known?
    Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is a California
    sorority girl who majors in fashion. She's the
    most popular girl in her school, always ready
    with a make-up tip or advice on the best outfit
    to wear. She's a carefree blonde dating the most
    handsome guy on campus. In fact, it's truly a
    perfect day (as the title song suggests) because
    Elle is convinced her boyfriend is going to propose
    to her that very night.
    As it turns out, her boyfriend (Matthew Davis)
    dumps her and leaves for Harvard Law School. Elle
    succumbs to locking herself in her dorm room and
    wasting her life away...until..she brainstorms an
    idea to enroll at Harvard herself.
    What follows is the story of ditzy blonde meets
    Hardvard brains in the most well-written and
    refreshing comedies in long memory.
    Of course, you have to owe the success of this
    movie to Reese Witherspoon. She is just a wonder
    of wonders to watch. She has this role nailed
    down perfectly, and is one of the most startling
    new pieces of Hollywood talent to appear in years.
    MGM has done an outstanding job with this DVD.
    Let me first say that the transfer is gorgeous.
    This movie is full of colors, rich and vibrant,
    that practically leap out of every scene. It seems
    that color is one of THE most important elements
    of this film, and MGM has done a great job showing
    them off with a crisp transfer.
    The 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix is practically
    nonexistent. However, this is a comedy film --
    not an action film that requires the use of a
    full soundfield. To make up for the lack of
    surrounds, the main stereo tracks are extremely
    bright and full of punch. The disc sounds GREAT!
    I didn't have much time to dwell on the supplements,
    as this was my 2nd review I had to do today. I wish
    this was the one I started with, as it really deserves
    more attention to the supplements. I can tell you
    that from what I have seen, there are at least 6
    deleted scenes. There are 2 audio commentaries,
    one by Director Robert Luketic, and the other by
    Reese Witherspoon. I look forward to watching this
    disc again and listening to her talk about this film
    out of character. She must be an intelligent
    actress to do such an incredible job with this role.
    One really cool feature I discovered is the
    TRIVIA TRACK, a sort of "pop up video"
    that occurs throughout the entire film. A transparent
    balloon pops up and tells you all sorts of trivial
    facts about the scene. For instance, you will learn
    everything from law ethics to the favorite junk food
    of the actress on the witness stand. The pop-up
    trivia balloons are numerous, and often display
    very interesting facts you can take back to the
    office with you.
    But let me get back to the movie itself....
    You know, this movie did fairly well for MGM
    this Summer, receiving box office and critical
    praise. I wonder how many guys actually went to
    see this film. I know that I never even thought
    about it. Thought it was a teenage girl-flick
    movie. Wrong! This a movie that will take you
    by surprise. I sat chuckling throughout the film.
    It's hard to remain macho and say things like "this
    film is really cute and funny" -- but it's true!
    If you have extra money budgeted for DVDs, take
    a blind shot and buy this movie. I think it is
    a great movie to watch with friends and enjoy
    some really great laughs over.
    Release Date: November 6th
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    Thanks for the review Ron. Some other online reviews mentioned some compression artifacts possibly due to MGM cramming too much on the disc (includes a fullframe version on the same side as the widescreen?). I take it you didn't notice any of that?
     
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    Saw no artifacts whatsoever.
    The disc looks great!
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    Ron, you're starting to sound like blurb-meisters Gene Shalit or Jeff Craig! Or David Manning!
     
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    I think what makes this movie SO charming is the performance by Reese Witherspoon. She made the movie. I think if ANYBODY else starred in her place, the movie would have really stunk!
    This is a MUST BUY for me!
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    Pretty much any Reese Witherspoon film is a must buy for me. Thanks for the review, Ron.
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    I forgot to mention that Reese has already signed onto Legally Blonde 2.
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    Hmmmm.......count me out for this one, I hate paying for P&S [​IMG].
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    I saw this film in theaters and loved it. I will definitely grab the DVD ASAP. Reese is a great actress, one of my favorites. She is also extremely gorgeous. Can't wait to check out the commentaries.
     
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    I've been a huge Reese Witherspoon fan since 1993, when I saw Man in the Moon for the first time. If you haven't already, make sure you pick up Freeway and Election. Both films are excellent, and Reese is absolutely perfect in both of them.
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    I'm surprised Ronald Epstein seems to have never heard of Reese Witherspoon before. She has 22 movie credits listed on imdb. Some of her better-known roles are:
    Election
    Cruel Intentions
    Pleasantville
    Fear
    She's also guest starred on Friends as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) younger sister.
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  14. Pieter_L

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    Reese:
    MAN IN THE MOON was great, but my favorite is probably BEST LAID PLANS (stylish / noir).
    stay away from SFW
     
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    LB is that good, huh? Unfortunately, I've been buying way too many dvds lately! Still, I'll definitely give this one a rental.
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    I'm looking forward to this dvd as well, this sounds like it's going to be a great movie.
    BTW, I seem to be having some trouble with my posts not showing up after submission, if you can see this message, please respond. Thanks.
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    I've always been partial to Reese's performance in the first five minutes of Twilight. [​IMG]
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    He obviously misinterpreted what it means to "be bullish."
     
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