Can’t Hardly Wait (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Preston (Ethan Embry) has had a crush on his high school’s hottie Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) for as long as he can recall, but she’s always been taken. Now high school has ended and in an unexpected turn of events, Amanda has dumped her longtime beau Mike (Peter Facinelli). As college approaches and high school is left behind, a huge party looms and offers Preston one last chance to win over Amanda. At the same time, someone has plans for Mike as well, but not of the romantic type. No, school nerd William (Charlie Korsmo) wants to get revenge for those years of humiliation, but can he pull off his plan? At the party, just about everyone has their own plan, but will anyone get what they deserve?

This is by no means a teen cinema classic, but Can’t Hardly Wait is a solid movie and if nothing else, boasts a good cast of folks who went on to become quite famous. The story is typical teen stuff, with a focus on getting laid, getting drunk, and the transition between high school and college. The plot is effective however, as there is enough variance between smaller subplots to keep interest intact. At the same time, don’t expect much depth or exploration, Can’t Hardly Wait plays for the more brisk laughs, instead of the more cerebral or emotional ones. The cast is fun to watch, even in mostly shallow, stereotypical roles, with Ethan Embry, Lauren Ambrose, and Jennifer Love Hewitt as stand outs. This Blu-ray version sports a new set of extras, plus a nice new transfer, so for fans, this is the edition you’ll want to score.

Video: How does it look?

Can’t Hardly Wait is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer looks good, but doesn’t offer quite as much of a step up as I’d like. That said, the film’s inherent grain does make things a little tougher than usual and I am glad to see the grain is still here, instead of being DNR’ed to death. The visuals look a little sharper and comparisons with the DVD yield a clearer, more refined image. The colors look great and contrast is up to par, so no concerns there. In short, while not a quantum leap forward, this is a nice upgrade.

Audio: How does it sound?

This movie has a pretty basic soundtrack, but this Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option provides more presence than you might think. The main element in terms of presence is music, but this movie has music running almost all the time and during the party, the surrounds will be alive throughout. The music sounds lively and even has some deep kick at times, so that adds a lot to the mix. The rest of the elements aren’t as remarkable, but dialogue is clear, so no worries. This disc also includes French, Portuguese, and Thai language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, French, Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A trio of new featurettes has been included, one a general look back on the production, another a collection of stories from the shoot, and the third offers a look at what makes a great graduation bash. The first two are well worth a look, as they’re full of fun and interesting information, but the third is just a waste. Even so, two solid featurettes, which is nice. The original commentary track is back and still a fun listen, but we also have a new one, with the directors and several cast members. The session is brisk and has a lot of fun moments, even after the movie itself has ended. This disc also includes a trivia track, some deleted scenes, a trivia game, and a Smash Mouth music video.

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