Whip It (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) lives in a small town in Texas, never quite able to find her place in the world. She’s smart and funny, but a little out there for such a rural locale. She and her best friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) try to keep themselves entertained, but both want to leave town more than anything. While shopping with her mom, Bliss sees some colorful women on roller skates passing out ads for a roller derby event and instantly, she wants to go. Once there, she is entranced by what she sees, to the point that she decides to try out for the squad. So she tells her parents she is taking an SAT class and busts her butt in practice, which leads to earning a spot on the Hurl Scouts. As soon as she laces up, she realizes she has found her niche, even if it is a little rough and tumble at times. But how long can she keep her secret life under wraps and if the truth does come out, what will become of Bliss and her new lifestyle?

Ellen Page is just so cute. To see her out there in roller derby is just so cute. But is Whip It, the directional debut of Drew Barrymore, a good movie, or just a cute one? The answer is the latter, but there’s nothing wrong with cute, a little fun fluff now and then isn’t so bad. Page is the core of the picture, working her adorable, but fringe persona to great effect. I don’t think her performance is memorable per se, but she was the ideal choice for the role. She is joined by an impressive supporting cast, including a colorful troupe of bad girls on skates. The roller derby sections are the film’s low point, as they look very staged and offer little to no tension or kinetic sensation. But Whip It remains a fun, harmless movie and come on, Ellen Page is so cute. So if you’re looking for hot girls on skates, Whip It delivers. But don’t expect more than a brisk couple hours with some cute babes and a few laughs. In the end, Whip It earns a strong rental recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

Whip It is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a great transfer, with remarkable detail and no glaring faults to mention. The depth is a substantial improvement over the DVD, even if it isn’t eye popping, per se. Even so, detail is strong and softness rarely creeps in. No issues with colors, as hues seem natural and warm, while contrast is stark and never wavers in the least. So a very impressive transfer, even if it doesn’t reach elite level status.

Audio: How does it sound?

The DTS HD 5.1 option provides a solid all around atmosphere, with no concerns whatsoever. The bulk of the surround presence comes from the musical soundtrack, which is loud and well handled. But a few scenes do have some decent power, so this is more lively than most comedies of this kind. The roller derby scenes pack the most punch, with nice movement and of course, good impact. You won’t be floored by any means, but it sounds quite good. This release also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes nine deleted scenes, as well as a Fox Movie Channel behind the scenes featurette. A second disc houses a digital copy, to use on your portable devices.

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