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Blu-ray Review: Flipped

Posted on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 4:19 PM by Scott Jentsch

Front Cover ArtworkFlipped
Blu-ray
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
90 Minutes

List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com)

This movie is also available from Amazon on DVD and Video on Demand.

Available 11/30/2010

Rated PG

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  TheatricalThis Disc
Video Format:
Unknown
1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 1.85:1
Audio:

Dolby Digital

DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Other:  

Movie: BD-25 (x1) BD-MV
DVD/Digital Copy: DVD

Disc Contents

  • Upfront Ads (HD 4:45) - skippable, but disallows going straight to the top menu
    • Cats & Dogs on home video
    • Lottery Ticket on home video
  • Movie
  • Extras
    • The Differences Between a Boy and a Girl (6:32, AVC HD, DD 2.0)
    • Embarrassing Egg-scuses (5:01, AVC HD, DD 2.0)
    • Flipped: Anatomy of a Near Kiss (3:18, AVC HD, DD 2.0)
    • How to Make the Best Volcano (4:54, AVC HD, DD 2.0)

About the Movie

When second-graders Bryce and Juli first meet, Juli knows it's love. Bryce isn't so sure. In the days and years ahead, Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) does all he can to keep his wannabe girlfriend at arm's length -- and the smart, independent-minded Juli (Madeline Carroll) continues to give him the benefit of the doubt. This tender coming-of-age romantic comedy from director Rob Reiner takes the pair from grade school to junior high, through triumph and disaster, family drama and first love, as they make discoveries that will define who they are -- and who they are to each other.

A technical review of this title appears below. Check out the Reader Reviews page for Flipped to read my thoughts of the movie itself.

How Does it Look?

Still from the movie (not an actual screenshot)

The look of this movie is a perfect rendering of what 1963 America looked like, at least according to fictional, idealized accounts. I didn't live through that time, so I can't say for sure, but it sure looks nice! The picture quality of this disc conveys that ideal portrayal well.

How Does it Sound?

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is mostly front-channel, but that's appropriate for this kind of movie. There aren't many opportunities for the surrounds to show their stuff, so that leaves the front three channels to be done well. Fortunately, the sound mixers did their job and the dialog was always easy to understand. The soundtrack supported this movie very well.

Extras

Videos/Clips

This disc contains four video featurettes in the Special Features menu.

The Differences Between a Boy and a Girl is an electronic press kit staple that introduces the viewer to the background behind the movie and short interviews with the cast members. It focuses on the Mars vs. Venus interaction between the two main characters. Embarrassing Egg-scuses covers the "hatching chickens" science project that Juli had during the movie. If you've ever been curious about chickens, be sure not to miss this one.

Flipped: Anatomy of a Near Kiss is a giggle-reel that covers the difficulty of getting two kids to do a kissing scene on-screen in front of a film crew. How to Make the Best Volcano gives Callan McAuliffe (Bryce) a chance to show how to make a science fair volcano.

I like to see the theatrical trailer included with movies, so I was disappointed that one was not included here. Being able to watch the trailer helps one to appreciate how the movie was marketed during its theatrical release, and it's unfortunate when such a simple and obvious extra is not included. While we have the trailer on the Trailers & Videos page for the movie, trailers should always be included with the video release for the best video and audio quality possible. Why this is not done continues to baffle me.

Digital Copy

There is a second disc which contains the DVD version of the movie as well as a Digital Copy. The inclusion of a DVD version of a movie in the Blu-ray package is something that we encourage more studios to do with their releases. It provides an additional level of value to the buying consumer by giving them the ability to play the movie in other rooms/vehicles where a Blu-ray player does not yet reside. I did not view the DVD, so I cannot judge its video or audio quality. It contained no extras, just the movie and the ability to select a language.

Fans of the movie might enjoy the digital copy, as it would allow you to download the movie and enjoy it many times on your portable device. By inserting the disc into a Windows PC or Mac, you can obtain a digital copy of the movie via iTunes or Windows Media Player for playback on your PSP, PC, Mac, or iPod. I didn't explore this option, so I can't comment on the picture or sound quality. The documentation says that the Digital Copy must be redeemed by 11/21/2011.

Other Aspects

In a trend that we're seeing, and one that we whole-heartedly applaud, this disc supports resuming playback. If you stop playback and resume (as you would if you were watching the movie in multiple sittings), you'll see a small dialog that asks if you would like to resume where you left off, or from the beginning.

This feature is great for those of us who are not able to watch an entire movie in one sitting (especially since bookmarking is not provided on this disc), and I wish that more studios would implement it on their releases. Resuming playback is one of the biggest usability problems with the Blu-ray format that studios need to recognize and support.

I did find the indication of which menu item was selected to be a little too subtle for my taste. A clearer indication of the selected item would make navigation easier. While this seems like a simple thing, it's an important part of the movie-watching experience.

Lastly, I'd really like to see the upfront ads be removed altogether. I implore movie studios to respect those that buy their Blu-ray releases to go straight to the main menu, sidestepping what amounts to commercials that they are forcing their customers to view before they can enjoy the movie they just bought. It's fine to do this on the rental copies, but a purchased copy should be absent upfront ads.

Conclusion

Flipped is one of those movies that people are going to run across as a home video release, and wonder when it was ever released in theaters. The marketing for this movie was nearly non-existent, and it wasn't in theaters very long. The good thing for movies like this is that the home video market can create a demand that never existed within the theatrical exhibition machine. Hopefully, many people take the time to check out this movie.

Is it worth purchasing or renting? The four video extras are on the same disc as the movie, so if you rent it, you'll get to see those extras. There's no BD-Live feature that would provide the opportunity for downloadable content in the future, even though to my knowledge, no studio has ever supplied downloadable content after the initial release of the product. Are you going to watch the movie more than once? If so, then go ahead and make the purchase. But otherwise, this might be a rental rather than a purchase. Given the relatively high list price, and the street price of around $26, I don't think it's worth the purchase. A home video release has to earn a purchase, and no matter how much I might have liked the movie, the total package provided here does not justify the price. Sell it on Amazon for $15, and you have a winner. At $26, it's a rental.

Recommended Reading

Don't just take our word for it, check out these resources for more reviews of the movie and of the disc.

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A copy of this title was provided at no cost by the movie studio/distributor for the purpose of this review. No expectation of the results of this review were set as a condition of receiving the item.



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