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


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#1 of 64 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 17 2001 - 03:36 PM

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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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#2 of 64 OFFLINE   GlennH

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Posted October 17 2001 - 03:40 PM

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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Posted October 17 2001 - 03:45 PM


Saw no artifacts whatsoever.

The disc looks great!

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#4 of 64 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted October 17 2001 - 03:52 PM

Ron, you're starting to sound like blurb-meisters Gene Shalit or Jeff Craig! Or David Manning!

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Posted October 17 2001 - 04:14 PM

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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#6 of 64 OFFLINE   Bruce Hedtke

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Posted October 17 2001 - 04:39 PM

Pretty much any Reese Witherspoon film is a must buy for me. Thanks for the review, Ron.

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Posted October 17 2001 - 04:51 PM

I forgot to mention that Reese has already signed onto Legally Blonde 2. ------------------

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Posted October 17 2001 - 05:27 PM

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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.

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Rent "Election", one of her previous films, which also stars Matthew Broderick. Darn good satire on high school elections & politics/power in general. Very very funny. She's incredibly good in it.

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#9 of 64 OFFLINE   Tom Ryan

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Posted October 17 2001 - 05:39 PM

Hmmmm.......count me out for this one, I hate paying for P&S Posted Image.

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#10 of 64 OFFLINE   Justin_S

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Posted October 17 2001 - 06:01 PM

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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Posted October 17 2001 - 06:04 PM

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There are 2 audio commentaries,
one by Director Robert Luketic, and the other by
Reese Witherspoon.

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Actually, Luketic, Witherspoon and producer Marc Platt are all on one track; the second includes a mix of crewmembers...

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Posted October 17 2001 - 06:15 PM

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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Posted October 17 2001 - 07:40 PM

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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Posted October 17 2001 - 07:49 PM

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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Posted October 17 2001 - 08:08 PM

LB is that good, huh? Unfortunately, I've been buying way too many dvds lately! Still, I'll definitely give this one a rental. ------------------ He thought on homeland, the big timber, the air thin and chill all the year long. Tulip poplars so big through the trunk they put you in mind of locomotives set on end. He thought of getting home and building him a cabin on Cold Mountain so high that not a soul but the nighthawks passing across the clouds in autumn could hear his sad cry. Of living a life so quiet he would not need ears. And if Ada would go with him, there might be the hope, so far off in the distance he did not even really see it, that in time his despair might be honed off to a point so fine and thin that it would be nearly the same as vanishing. -- Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain

#16 of 64 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 18 2001 - 01:37 AM

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I'm surprised Ronald Epstein seems to have never heard of Reese Witherspoon before.


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Have not seen any of the movies above,
except Pleasantville. I remember her now.
She was the blonde that painted the town red and
ended up staying (if I recall).

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Posted October 18 2001 - 01:54 AM

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. ------------------ God bless the USA and the men and woman of our military and their families!
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#18 of 64 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted October 18 2001 - 04:16 AM

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Hmmmm.......count me out for this one, I hate paying for P&S

[quote] Then I guess you won't be buying Shrek either.

But how are you "paying for P&S" with Legally Blonde? The list price is $26.98, which is about average for MGM's special editions (Terminator's list price was the same; Hannibal's was more).

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Posted October 18 2001 - 04:18 AM

I've always been partial to Reese's performance in the first five minutes of Twilight. Posted Image

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Posted October 18 2001 - 05:03 AM

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Hmmmm.......count me out for this one, I hate paying for P&S

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To be clear: the Legally Blonde DVD will come with both P&S and 2.35:1 anamorphic transfers. Maybe you thought it was a P&S only release? However, if what you are saying is that you won't purchase this DVD simply because it contains both versions, then I don't know what to say to you other than you're missing out on some excellent DVDs!

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