10 Things I Hate About You appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The disc offered an inconsistent but generally decent transfer.
Sharpness was up and down. Much of the film featured pretty nice delineation, though wide shots tended to appear somewhat soft. Digital artifacts also occasionally made the image murkier than Iíd like, and the picture could be somewhat blocky at times. Still, it usually held up pretty well.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, but I saw mild edge haloes in addition to some mosquito noise. In addition, a smattering of print flaws materialized. The film suffered from sporadic instances of specks. These werenít heavy, but they caused some distractions.
Colors tended to be fairly good. The artifacts made them a little messy at times, but the lively palette usually looked fairly full. Blacks were acceptably deep and dark, while shadows seemed clear and smooth. At no point did this become a strong presentation, but it worked fine for a standard-def DVD.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of 10 Things was pretty good given the nature of the story. Donít expect much from the back speakers, though. The surround channels received little usage and mainly offered some ambient fill for the nearly omnipresent rock or rap music that played. Other than that, I detected exactly one split surround effect when Mr. Stratford accidentally released a rubber exercise band and it flew to the rear right speaker. The nightclub scene used the back speakers nicely, though.
While they didn't make much use of the rears, the sound designers did a good job with the front speakers. 10 Things boasted a wide front soundstage that did its job so well I barely missed the lack of
Surrounds, as it opened up the image well.
The quality of the audio remained positive. Speech could be a bit thin, but the lines always appeared concise and distinctive. Effects didnít play a big role, but they came across as acceptably accurate.
Music was an important part of the track but its quality varied. Some songs boasted good vivacity and range, while others tended to be somewhat tinny and without great low-end. All of this left us with a ďBĒ soundtrack.
This ď10th Anniversary EditionĒ of 10 Things packs a mix of new extras. We launch with an audio commentary from co-writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith and actors Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz, Larisa Oleynik and Susan May Pratt. All of them sit together for this running, screen-specific chat. They discuss sets and locations, cast, characters and performances, and a few other aspects of the production.
Expect a highly anecdotal track here. The actors dominate and mostly get into their various experiences during the shoot. If you want tons of great filmmaking insights, youíll be disappointed, but it you desire a fun look back at the set, youíll be happy. The participants create a breezy and enjoyable take on the flick that will doubtless be satisfying to the movieís fans.
A retrospective documentary called 10 Things I Love About 10 Things I Hate About You 10 Years Later runs 35 minutes, three seconds. It includes new remarks from McCullah Lutz, Smith, director Gil Junger and executive music supervisor Ralph Sall as well as archival clips with Oleynik, Krumholtz, Keegan, Pratt, musicians Monique Powell, Kay Hanley and Brian Mashburn and actors Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Allison Janney, David Leisure, and Gabrielle Union. We learn a little about the flickís inspirations, the Shakespeare influence, and the script, what Junger brought to the film, cast and performances, shooting in Washington state, music, and deleted scenes.
Though somewhat fluffy, ďLoveĒ manages to offer a pretty good overview of the production. Since he didnít do a commentary, Iím glad we hear from Junger here; he adds a useful perspective absent from that commentary. The piece never becomes especially deep, but itís enjoyable and reasonably informative.
A few ads open the DVD. We get promos for When In Rome, Extract and Volume One of the 10 Things TV series. These also pop up under Sneak Peeks along with clips for Surrogates, Greek Chapter Four, Make It or Break It, the band ksm, Kyle XY S3 and Blu-ray Disc. No trailer for the 10 Things movie shows up here.
Over on Disc Two, we get a Digital Copy of the film. With this, you can move it to a computer or portable viewing gizmo. Whoopee!
Note that the DVDís package claims it will include deleted scenes. Donít look for a separate section with these; a handful of them show up in the documentary, but thatís it. It seems a bit misleading for the DVDís case to promise deleted scenes but present them in this manner.
10 Things I Hate About You ranges from puerile to simply predictable. Itís made watchable only through the charming and effective performances of its then-young cast. The DVD provides erratic but generally decent picture along with satisfying audio and a few interesting supplements. I canít say Iím wild about the movie, but I think this DVD is a reasonably good reissue.
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