2.5 C
New York
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Advertisement

Damsels in Distress Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English/Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • List Price: $30.99

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(All TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

Seven Oaks University, a “seven sisters” college, has thrown in the towel and gone coed with all of the obvious male baggage included: fraternities, drunken parties, and body odor.  As the long overdue successor to Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco, this 2011 film follows a group of young women (“the damsels”) who are intent on improving campus life. Led by idealistic Violet (Greta Gerwig), the entourage consists of new transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton), the voice of reason, and her homegirls, man-hungry Heather (Carrie MacLemore) and propriety-bound Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke). Their extracurricular activities include a so-called suicide prevention center that dispenses doughnuts, coffee and platitudes. Laced with intentionally trite dialogue and a Disney-like soundtrack, Stillman puts his crosshairs on undergraduate life and skewers all of the campus stereotypes, including the guys (“the distress”). Things start to spin out of control when Violet loses her frat-boy Frank (Ryan Metcalf) to Priss (Caitlin Fitzgerald) whom the girl group recovered from her “tailspin” AKA depression. As we dig deeper into Violet’s life, we get the too- much-information approach so revered by the social network generation. There are other sidebar stories like the developing relationship between Lily and handsome Xavier (Hugo Becker), the recovering romance between Violet and Fred (Adam Brody), and the death of the “Roman” fraternities.  The film concludes with a campy Fred Astaire dance number that should not be missed.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Most of the close-ups have a relatively soft quality with a relatively muted color palette.  If the film does not make a strong case for the high-definition format, the cinematography does a good job of getting viewers into the characters and their situations.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The varied and en pointe soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is an essential enhancement of a film that attempts to introduce a new dance craze (“The Sambola”) that will improve society. Dialogue is clearly reproduced. The surround channels present a modest amount of ambience.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

Sony Pictures provides a decent list of extras:

  • Audio commentary by director Stillman, and cast
  • Outtakes and deleted scenes
  • An Evening with Damsels in Distress: Q&A with Whit Stillman and cast
  • Damsels in Distress Behind-the-Scenes

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

What distinguishes Damsels from the typical low-brow college sit-com like House Bunny and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, is the obvious preciosity of the script.  Perhaps Stillman had watched Clueless, a Jane Austen rework, too many times when informing the Damsels’ dialogue. Examples: “So is probably the unkindest word in the English language,” and “With the study habits prevailing at Seven Oaks your body might not be found until spring.”  The resulting storyline succeeds largely on the basis of its leads, particularly the quirky Greta Gerwig, and their almost impromptu style of interaction.  Unlike Metropolitan, Stillman’s first film, that acquainted us with the college-debutante party set and  was laden with clever repartee, Damsels in Distress relies more on physical comedy.  An enjoyable watch, for the most part, and definitely chuckle-provoking, this film simply does not rise to the previous heights of the Stillman cinematic portfolio.

Additional Screen Captures

[amazon-product]B0081FSMQU[/amazon-product]

Purchase Damsels in Distress on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Damsels In Distress

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

[amazon-product]B0081FSMQU[/amazon-product]

Purchase Damsels in Distress on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Damsels In Distress

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]


Advertisement

Related Articles

FX Original Black Narcissus (TV Series Review)

A buttoned-up remake of the classic 'Black Narcissus' in the form of a 3-episode series that portrays the physical and emotional struggle of English nuns to establish a school in a remote palace in the Himalayas.

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

A complex neo-noir origin story for the famous criminal defense attorney gets a gorgeous Blu-ray release from Warner Bros.

Popeye: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent release on Blu-ray of this long maligned but still fun to watch film.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

301FansLike
0FollowersFollow
724FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

FX Original Black Narcissus (TV Series Review)

A buttoned-up remake of the classic 'Black Narcissus' in the form of a 3-episode series that portrays the physical and emotional struggle of English nuns to establish a school in a remote palace in the Himalayas.

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

A complex neo-noir origin story for the famous criminal defense attorney gets a gorgeous Blu-ray release from Warner Bros.

Popeye: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent release on Blu-ray of this long maligned but still fun to watch film.

The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy is arriving for the first time on 4K Ultra HD remastered in Dolby Vision and overseen by Peter...

TheaterByte’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2020

Let’s focus on the donut here: BEST Home Entertainment Holiday EVER.
%d bloggers like this: