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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Surround 2.0, Russian DTS 5.1, Spanish (Castilian) DTS 5.1, Spanish (Latin American) Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai Dolby Surround 2.0
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin American), Swedish, Thai
  • Region: A (B? C?)
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • List Price: $19.99

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:2/5]

The first time around Legally Blonde’s fish out of water story was sort of bearable, particularly given Reese Witherspoon’s obvious abilities and charm; it helped to make the comedy a bit of a surprise hit. As most of us know, however, sequels are often bad news, and this one is no exception.

Witherspoon is back reprising her role as the ditzy blonde charmer Elle, pretty in pink and far better at shopping for Versace than doing anything serious. The surprise law-degree earner loses her job, much to her amazement, when she pushes her firm to take a stance against animal cruelty after finding her dog Bruiser’s mom in a cosmetics testing facility, ironically named v.e.r.s.a.c.e. Instead of throwing in the towel, Elle decides to head to D.C. and become a congresswoman’s (Sally Field) assistant to get the laws on animal testing changed where she gets help from a particularly wise doorman (Bob Newhart) on how to work the system in congress.

Apart from finding out her dog Bruiser is gay and realizing he likes to wear her shoes rather than chew them, there’s not much funny in this lame attempt at making lightning strike twice. It may be ditzier than the first time around, but it’s also a whole lot boringer, err, more boring and just plain ridiculous.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

You can tell that Fox/MGM put the least bit of effort into bringing this film to Blu-ray, but fortunately Legally Blonde 2 is only 8-years-old. Film does tend to degrade pretty quickly, however, so this AVC/MPEG-4 encodement doesn’t look the sharpest it possibly can. Detail wavers, colors aren’t as vibrant as they could be, whites look a bit unstable, and there is some noticeable source damage. Still, it looks film-like and doesn’t show any harshness or compression artifacts.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The audio mix for Legally Blonde 2 is typical of these sorts of films. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack pretty much relegates the surround channels to some very low-level ambience and atmospherics leaving the front channels to do most of the work. Dialogue is clear and I didn’t detect any clipping.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

Don’t look for anything new on here. Everything has been transferred over from previous DVD releases and kept in standard definition as well.

The supplements provided on this release are:

  • Audio Commentary with Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Cauffiel & Alanna Ubach
  • Deleted Scenes (1.33:1; 480i/60)
  • Blonde Ambition (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:22.27)
  • Pretty in Pink (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:06.36) – Filmmakers discuss researching D.C. For this film.
  • Stars and Stripes, Never! (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:07.35) – Elle’s wardrobe.
  • Hair Apparent (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:06.56) – All about Elle Woods’ hairdos.
  • Elle’s Anthem (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:07.13) – Scoring Legally Blonde 2.
  • Gag Reel (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:02.39)
  • Puppy Love (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:02.24)
  • Bruiser’s Outtakes (1.33:1; 480i/60)
  • Music Video: “We Can” by Leann Rimes (1.33:1; 480i/60)
  • Theatrical Trailer (1.85:1; 1080p/24)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Skip this and watch the first Legally Blonde. Or, if you really want to see Reese Witherspoon in a funny film, watch Election instead.

Additional Screen Captures

BestBuy.com:
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde - Widescreen

Purchase Legally Blonde 2 on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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