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 "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Now that Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is a successful lawyer, she has time for the important things in life, like planning her wedding.   Elle has decided that she absolutely must invite the mother of her dog Bruiser to the wedding and hires a private detective to track down the missing pooch.  When Elle finds out that Bruiser’s mother is the properly of a cosmetic testing company, she decides to head to Washington, D.C. to help push a bill through Congress that will outlaw animal testing.

Specifications

  • MGM Studios
  • 2003, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 34 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Regina King, and Jennifer Coolidge
  • Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

If the plot line in my synopsis above hasn’t clued you in already, this was a really weak storyline.  While the original “Legally Blonde” had a certain charm to it that made the film somewhat enjoyable, this sequel is just a flop.  While the plot of the first film pushed the borders of believability, “Legally Blonde 2” flat out crosses those boundaries.  Even a solid acting job by Reese Witherspoon can’t save this over-the-top flick.

Technical

For a relatively recent movie, this Blu-ray disc looks pretty bad.  Contrast and saturation appear to have been pumped up, yet the picture still looks flat and lifeless.  There is a yellowish tinge to the image and high-level details are often washed out.  It is very hard to spot any details in the picture, (such as the detail in Elle’s clothes) which leads me to believe that a lot of digital noise reduction (DNR) was used on this transfer.    The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is barely average in my book.  While dialogue is clear enough, dynamics are compressed and there is little use of the LFE and surround channels.  Even the music in the soundtrack seemed flat to me.

Extras

There are a fair number of extras included on this disc, but little worth watching.  Included on this disc is a commentary with a few of the supporting actresses, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a LeAnn Rimes video, and the original theatrical trailer.  There are also the following featurettes: “Blond Ambition,” “Pretty in Pink,” Stars and Stripes, Never!,” Hair Apparent,” “Elle’s Anthem,” “Puppy Love,” and “Bruiser’s Outtakes.”