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Whip It [Blu-ray]


(Drew Barrymore, 2009)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: 20th Century Fox

Video: 20th Century Fox



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:50:55.690

Disc Size: 39,124,544,409 bytes

Feature Size: 35,063,549,952 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.17 Mbps

Chapters: 28

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: January 26th, 2010



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3847 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3847 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB



English (SDH), French, Spanish, none



• Starting Trailers for Amelia, (500) Days of Summer, AFI Membership plug
8 Deleted Scenes and 1 Alternate Opening (16:13 in HD)
Soundtrack Spot (:32)
Fox Movie Channel Presents Writers Draft: Shauna Cross of Whip It (3:05)
Disc 2: Digital Copy





Description: Hang onto your helmet and get ready to break away from the pack! Ellen Page scores huge laughs as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town teenager with a big dream: to find her own path in the world. Tired of following in her family’s footsteps of compliance and conformity, Bliss discovers a way to put her life on the fast track...literally. She lands a spot on a rough-and-tumble roller derby team and becomes “Babe Ruthless” — the hottest thing on eight wheels! Co-starring Drew Barrymore (in her feature film directorial debut), Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis, Daniel Stern and Jimmy Fallon, Whip It is a triumphant, free-spirited comedy loaded with high-speed action and nonstop fun!



The Film:

"Whip It" is an unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women's Roller Derby, assuming you have any. The movie is a coming-together of two free spirits, Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page, and while it may not reflect the kind of female empowerment Gloria Steinem had in mind, it has guts, charm, and a black-and-blue sweetness. Yes, it faithfully follows the age-old structure of the sports movie, but what a sport, and how much the Derby girls love it.

Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a small-town Texas girl who shares the rebelliousness of Juno but not the steam-of-consciousness verbal pyrotechnics. She's being coached by her smothering mother (Marcia Gay Harden) to compete in a Miss Bluebonnet beauty pageant that squeezes Texas girls into a ghastly caricature of Southern womanhood. Bliss despises it. One day she sees an ad for the Roller Derby in Austin, the nearest town of consequence, and with a friend, sneaks off to see a game. She is electrified. She was born to be a Derby girl.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE



Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Whip It looks solid on Blu-ray from Fox.  I can't find anything wrong with the image quality. There are occasionally brilliant colors and a fine sheen of grain is visible. It can look quite striking at times. This is dual-layered, with a very strong bitrate and the, less than 2-hour, feature takes up over 35 Gig. I see no digital manipulations and there is no excessive gloss. Skin tones seem realistic - contrast exhibits healthy, sturdy black levels. This Blu-ray probably replicates the theatrical appearance of Whip It very well. Most notable are the vibrant colors like the funky pastel greens of the Hurl Scout uniforms. Love it!


















Audio :

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3847 kbps is extremely pleasing. Like the video it is basically flawless with plenty of separation and aggression in the very physical Derby sequences. Augmenting the fabulous songs from groups like Hymnal Cut Chemist, The Raveonettes and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is original music by The Section Quartet. A fabulous selection of music and it sounds very robust and bouncy with steady bass and crisp high ends - WONDERFUL. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.



Extras :

I felt a bit short-changed on the supplements as I recall a commentary was announced somewhere but one obviously didn't surface. We start with theatrical trailers for Amelia, (500) Days of Summer, and a super AFI Membership plug. There are eight deleted scenes and 1 alternate opening running over 15-minutes in HD. Some amusement here and worth indulging if you couldn't get enough of the film (moi). The Soundtrack Spot was only 1/2 a minute but cool nonetheless and I will indulge in this CD! We also get 3-minutes with the writer of Whip It Shauna Cross. There is a second disc Digital Copy available.



I loved 'Whip It'!. This film has so much fun enthusiasm and nostalgia for the 70's Roller Derby, great music and the magnificent Ellen Page. Cat Fights, amusing skater names (Maggie Mayhem, Bloody Holly, Smashley Simpson, Iron Maven, Pocket Rocket, Jaba the Slut and our own Babe Ruthless etc.)! Heck, I even loved the menus and credit sequences to death! What more could you want? This is a ton of fun and great feelings and the Blu-ray pulls it off really well so, you bet - I highly recommend! 

Gary Tooze

January 15th, 2010





About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be it, but film will always be my first love and I list my favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible HERE.  

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