Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Although the depression has dampened almost everyone’s spirits, young Kit (Abigail Breslin) remains upbeat and tries to find the positives in life. She runs a tree house club and loves to write, she even pitches her articles to the local newspaper, though the editor rarely listens. At the same time, her family faces darker times than she is aware of, as her father has to leave town in order to try to find some work. Meanwhile she and her mother remain at home and rent out the extra rooms, taking in boarders to help keep the bills paid. Kit also makes friends with a couple of young hobos, who do odd jobs around the house in exchange for meals. But when some money is stolen from the house, everyone seems to think the hobos were responsible. Kit believes her new friends are innocent, but can she prove it?

I wasn’t too keen to watch Kit Kittredge, since I was obviously not the target demographic, as the film is aimed squarely at young females. But as it turns out, this is a solid film with appeal beyond the assumed target audience. Kit Kittredge is a welcome change of pace from the usual family oriented cinema these days. This is because here we just have a competent plot, good performances, and clean entertainment. No overload of pop culture references or innuendo that goes over the kids’ heads, instead this is just a well made family friendly picture. Not a masterpiece by any means, but Kit Kittredge held my attention from start to finish and was a pleasure to watch. I do think younger females will enjoy it the most, but there is solid entertainment here for the entire clan. So if you’re after a movie for the whole family, Kit Kittredge is a wise choice.

Video: How does it look?

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Sadly, the movie’s visuals don’t shine in high definition. The visual design calls for a softer presence with subdued colors, to create a nostalgic, old school feel, which works quite well. On the down side of that, it means the visuals come off as flat and with minimal spark here. I found detail to be only a minor step up from the DVD, while colors look bland and contrast is a little off, thanks to the softness. So not a dynamic transfer and not much of an improvement over the DVD.

Audio: How does it sound?

For some unknown reason, Warner continues to release Dolby Digital 5.1 options, with no choice for a lossless soundtrack. Not that this movie booms with audio dynamite, but it would have benefited from the enhancement, no doubt. As it stands, this is the same soundtrack from the DVD and while not bad, it doesn’t keep pace with other Blu-ray releases. The atmosphere isn’t as immersive as it could be, though dialogue is clean and clear at all times. This disc also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a digital copy, for use on portable devices.

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