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Blue Crush (2002)

 

Starring: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez
Director: 
John Stockwell

Rating: PG-13

Studio: Universal

Review Posted: 1.28.03

Spoilers: None

 

By John Teves.

Originally appeared on DVDFreak.net

 

Synopsis

 

Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) lives to surf. She hits the Hawaiian beach every day before dawn, riding the waves all day with her friends Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake). But when she falls for pro football player Matt (Matthew Davis), will she let love get in the way of her life-long dream of competing in the rigorous Pipe Masters? Before she can prove her skill in the water, she needs to win a contest within herself.

 

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The Video

 

BLUE CRUSH appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this single-sided, dual-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The film looked absolutely brilliant. Sharpness was persistently positive. The transfer was accurate and detail, and even wider shots came across well defined.

 

I detected very little softness during the film, as the movie seemed  crisp at all times. There were no signs of jagged edges, however I did notice some signs of edge enhancement during ocean scenes. No signs of speckles, streaks, or scratch’s in the video transfer. The color palette was stunning looking accurate and tidy.

 

The ocean scenes were incredible, this was truly a naturalistic palette. Black levels were accurately deep; shadow detail was first-class, with nice definition to the low light shots. Ultimately, BLUE CRUSH presented a remarkable video transfer.

 

The Audio

 

BLUE CRUSH is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I was extremely impressed with the mix. The soundfield  was exceedingly active. The forward spectrum provided a nice range of ambient effects that were well balanced and placed fittingly within the mix. The ocean waves moved neatly across the channels and created a realistic and convincing environment.

 

As for the surrounds, they offered a strong level of interface during suitable scenes. For instance, beach scenes featured good use of waves, and the environment heard during the surfing scenes was tremendously involving. Sound quality was good. The music made for an attractive soundtrack for this type of film. The soundtrack boasted a very nice bass response making the sound deep and rich. As a final point, BLUE CRUSH featured a solid auditory experience.

 

The Extras

  • Commentary by cast and director
  • Behind-the-Scenes of Blue Crush
  • Deleted Scenes Introduced by Director John Stockwell
  • Lenny Kravitz music video
  • "How Did They Do That?": The techniques used to shoot the awesome footage
  • "Wipeout!": The best wipeouts and action scenes caught on film
  • "Inside the World of Surfing": A look at the history, terminology, equipment, and best places to surf

Overall

 

BLUE CRUSH is absolutely fantastic! Stimulating and extremely stylish, BLUE CRUSH displayed some of the best camera work I’ve scene for a surfing sequence. Director John Stockwell is a visionary. This film is undeniably for the ladies, proving that yet again, it’s not just a mans sport.

 

This is a terrific film just as long as you don't expect too much from it. BLUE CRUSH was such a delightful film to watch. The DVD provides an unblemished picture and an engaging sound mix with plenty of extras. Fans of BLUE CRUSH will be very pleased with this DVD package. This disc comes highly recommended - Surfs up!

 

Film Rating: 4 out of 4

 

 

 

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