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"Pitch Perfect" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a college freshman with a talent for crafting musical mashups on her computer.  She doesn't really fit in with any of the cliques at school.  In fact, she is strongly considering dropping out of school.  Then at the behest of her father, she joins an all-girls a capella group.  This group was decimated and re-formed after a disastrous performance at last year's finals.  So Beca joins a very ecclectic group as they struggle to find a way back into prominence.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 52 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson,  Adam DeVine, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow
  • Directed by: Jason Moore
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Innuendo
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I found this movie to be a fresh and refreshing diversion from many of the cookie-cutter films coming out of Hollywood these days.  I was engaged and entertained throughout, despite that much of the major plot elements were highly predictable.  The point is that the acting was quite good and the story offers strong character development.  I am also a softie for good singing and this movie has it without the obvious and schticky lip-synching you get with shows like Glee, for example.  There are also some very funny bits, like when the soft-spoken Lilly reveals that she "ate her twin in the womb".  And the fictional commentators at the competitions are hilarious!

Technical

This movie comes across as mostly bright and colorful throughout, but further consideration reveals that there are scenes of every ilk - daylight scenes, indoor scenes, stage lit scenes, candlelit scenes and night scenes.  What really impressed me is that each of these scenes popped off the screen with great dynamic range, quality color rendition and natural details.  I am deducting half a star because the best Blu-rays have a slightly sharper picture (but thank goodness they didn't resport to added sharpness on this one). 


As far as I'm concerned, this disc has reference-quality sound.  The singing parts in particular exhibit rich harmonic textures, wide dynamics and clean, balanced bass response.  I only wish there were more extended singing performances. 

Extras

This is a two-disc package with the Blu-ray, DVD, a Digital Copy and an Ultraviolet streaming code.  The on-disc extras include Deleted & Extended Scenes, Line-O-Ramas (alternate lines from the movie), A Look Inside, Feature Commentaries and Starships: The Pitch Perfect Music Video with Mike Tompkins.