A few words about…™ – Mean Girls (2004 & 2024) — in 4k UHD

Mean Girls Musical Review




I recall the 2004 version of this film being fun entertainment, and with no knowledge of the 2024, I initially went to the inter-web for some public opinion on the positives and negatives of the two films, how they’re the same and different.

The first reference I found was from what appears to be an on-line study group called Q-Anon, which presumably discusses public questions anonymously, although though I’m not quite certain how that works.

What I learned is a theory in that while the films were distributed by Paramount, there are reportedly tendrils reaching out toward Universal via their relationship with NBC, which hosts a TV show entitled Saturday Night Live, with which some of the participants of both films have been known to interrelate.

I’m not certain how this pertains to Paramount, which is tied in with CBS.

The differences seem to be few, except that the 2004 is based upon a book, while the 2024 is based upon the same book as well as a musical.

While the 2004 is populated by a bunch of twenty-somethings, which also seems true of the 2024. Which also means that most of the “teen” cast of the 2024 would not have been permitted to see the 2004 when it was released.

Tina Fey, who appeared on Saturday Night Live, appears in both as the same character, adding to the suspicion that there’s something untoward occurring. Lindsay Lohan also appears in both, but as different characters, which must have been confusing.

Then there’s the case of Tim Meadows, who appears in both, also as the same character and still with that stubborn wrist problem, which may be some sort of a running joke. I’m betting that some other SNL folks are also hidden away in here.


What have we?

Two films with virtually the same storyline and characters, produced two decades apart, and both in color, although was shot on film and the other digital.

The decision here seems to be that if one likes the film, and there’s a lot to like, which one do you add to your collection, or both?

My vote would be both, if for no other reason than the 2004 lives within an extremely rare package. It’s pink. Which I’m quite certain is a first. We’ve blue, black, clear, but pink?

This is a big deal for packaging collectors and investors. The 2004 is also set up within a slipcover, and because of the reverse design, is includes yet another bit of packaging giving us all the pertinent information.

The 2024 has been released in a black (standard issue) 4k holder, and while it has only a slipcover, said slip should be highly desirable as it’s glossy, reflective and has the title logo printed in more of a satin finish. The package works. It also comes with a free sticker discussing bonus features.

Question is – how do they look and sound?

In a word, Terrific.

The 2004 is virtually grainless. Whether it’s the natural grain or has in some way been affected, I’m not certain, but it looks fine.

The 2024 was shot digitally, and also looks terrific.

Two great looking, modern productions, both with great tracks. The 2004 is Dolby TrueHD, while the 2024 is Dolby Atmos.

For at least Amanda Seyfried, the film herald a first appearance.

In the end, the 2024 will be found to be more socially updated, and may offend fewer viewers.


Image – 10 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 10 (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 8

Upgrade from Blu-ray – Yes

Worth your attention – 8

Slipcover rating – 6

Highly Recommended


Image – 10 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 10 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 8

Worth your attention – 8

Slipcover rating – 4

Highly Recommended



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Patrick McCart

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May 16, 2001
Northern Virginia
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Mean Girls (the original, as I haven't seen the remake) feels a lot like a Preston Sturges comedy, with a dash of Lubitsch thrown in. Tina Fey's screenplay is that perfect. If you're expecting some chick flick, I think you'll be surprised by superb writing, great and funny performances, and enough heart to make it more than just a funny movie. I first saw this on digital HD (my wife was shocked I hadn't seen it yet), then saw it again theatrically at Alamo Drafthouse. One thing that surprised me about seeing it theatrically was how lovely the color and lighting look. This doesn't look at all like a cheap made-for-TV affair at all. Being a comedy shouldn't be an excuse for a film to look like garbage.

Definitely picking up the 4K.
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