Dirty Deeds appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. An all-around attractive picture, this one suffered from only a few minor issues.
Sharpness rarely faltered. A few wide shots looked slightly soft, but those weren’t a real problem. Most of the movie appeared nicely defined and detailed. I saw no issues with jagged edges or shimmering, though a little light edge enhancement occurred. Source flaws seemed absent.
Deeds went with a natural, untainted palette that looked good. The colors were nicely warm and vibrant throughout the movie, and they seemed pleasing. Blacks were reasonably deep and firm, but shadows were a little dense. The low-light shots never seemed truly problematic, but I thought they were just a bit murky. Nonetheless, the movie offered a pretty strong visual experience.
Though not dazzling, I also thought the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Dirty Deeds seemed solid – except for some massive problems at one point and a few smaller ones on other occasions. These weren’t nit-picking concerns; they were substantial enough to drastically alter my grade.
Music dominated the soundscape. The movie featured nearly omnipresent use of pop-rock tunes, and those offered good stereo imaging in the front and decent expansion to the surrounds. The rest of the soundfield remained fairly restricted. Some panning and environmental material popped up throughout the film, but not enough to make much of an impact. For those elements, surround usage was minor.
Audio quality seemed very good. Speech was always distinctive and concise, and I detected no problems with the lines. Effects seemed clear and accurate. During the few moments that pushed my system, they showed nice definition and punch. Music was usually quite strong, as the songs were dynamic and peppy. Bass response was deep and robust.
So how’d the mix end up with a “D+”? Because a mix of problems badly marred it. The most noticeable occurred at the 69-minute mark. If you listen to the 5.1 track, the sound totally disappeared for 24 seconds. The movie then stuttered visually before the audio returned. This didn’t happen during the 2.0 track.
Even after the audio came back, I noticed issues around that point. A nasty whine emitted from the front left. It vanished after a few seconds, and the track was fine the rest of the way.
The only other problems related to bass and music. Sporadically throughout the movie, low-end would drop out of the songs for no logical reason. This didn’t last long and happened just a few times, but it created some distractions. Though these weren’t as severe as the bizarre flaw at 69 minutes, they were noticeable and annoying. All of these serious issues caused me to give the mix a “D+”; without them, it’d have made a “B” or “B+” easily.
Only a few minor extras fill out the DVD. We get a collection of Behind the Scenes Interviews. These last a whopping two minutes and include comments from director David Kendall along with actors Lacey Chabert, Charles Durning, Zoë Saldana, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Milhoan, Tom Amandes, Alex Solowitz, Matthew Carey, Keith Britton, and Mark Derwin. A couple of other guys pop up as well, but I didn’t recognize them and the DVD doesn’t credit them, so I can’t mention their names.
Nothing more than fluff appears here. We get extremely rudimentary casting and character notes along with a couple of comments about the director. All of this falls firmly into the happy talk domain and we learn virtually nothing about the film.
In addition to the trailer for Dirty Deeds, we find something called Soho House Party. This one-minute and 20-second clip simply shows a gala held to celebrate the film. At least I guess that’s what it offers – there’s no intelligible dialogue or description of the action. Indeed, with its many close-ups of a display for a certain beverage, it looks more like an ad than anything else. The clip is a complete waste of time.
Any movie that almost shows Lacey Chabert topless and features Arielle Kebbel in skimpy undergarments can’t be referred to as a “complete waste of time”, but Dirty Deeds comes close. A lame melange of rip-offs from other teen movies, it lacks inspiration, charm or humor. The DVD offers pretty good picture, but the audio suffers from some significant problems. We get no useful extras. A flawed DVD for a terrible film, I recommend you avoid this loser.