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"Flipped" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

When young Bryce Loski moves into his new neighborhood, he is instantly greeted by the girl across the street, Juli Baker.  Though only in the second grade, young Juli has decided that Bryce will be her first kiss.  Bryce feels that Juli is annoying and just a little bit odd, so he spends the next few years doing everything he can to avoid her.   As the pair prepare to graduate junior high, Bryce finally begins to see just how special Juli Baker is while Juli begins to doubt her devotion to Bryce.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 30 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney
  • Directed by Rob Reiner
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I don’t recall seeing any trailers or advertisements for this film when it was released in theaters.  This is a real shame, because this movie is far more deserving of your $10 movie ticket than most of garbage being released today.  The story does a wonderful job of making the viewer remember their formative years, particularly that girl/boy you loved to hate when you were little but grew quite fond of once you got older.  The story is wonderfully simple, and the well-acted characters just help the movie reach you on an emotional level.  Anthony Edwards’ role as Bryce’s father Steven is possibly some of his best work ever, as he does a fantastic job of making the character an emotionless jerk.  You really start to hate him until you learn why he is so unhappy with life.  I loved how the story was primarily set in 1963, which helped to add a sense of nostalgia and innocence to everything.   Highly recommended.

Technical

Flipped is presented with a wonderful film-like quality.  The image is sharp without being over-processed and contrast and image depth are very good.  Colors are slightly muted in what appears to be an attempt to fit with the late 50s/early 60s setting.  There is a nice touch of film grain, but no other artifacts to speak of.  Personally, I thought the overall look of the film helped bring me further into the experience, so high marks are deserved here.  The 5.1 DTS-Master Audio soundtrack is certainly not bombastic, but it also helps further the film’s message.  Dialogue is very clear and the music score punches through when called for.  Surround use is subtle, but added nice ambient effects which further envelop the viewer.

Extras

Included on this Blu-ray disc are a few featurettes, three of them exclusive to the Blu-ray release.  There are segments on the filming of the first kiss between the leads, a how-to on building your own erupting volcano, a look into using live chickens for film, and a behind-the-scenes look at the lead actors and director.   There is also a second disc which includes a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.