Girls Gone Dead appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Given the restrictions of SD-DVD, the film looked pretty good.
For the most part, sharpness looked nice. At times, wider shots tended to be a little soft, but those examples weren’t intrusive. Much of the film appeared pretty accurate and concise. No concerns with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained minor. Source flaws also failed to create problems.
In terms of colors, Girls tended to stay with a natural palette. Hues took on a light golden tone at times, but that stylistic choice didn’t overwhelm. Instead, the colors appeared pretty clear and concise. Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows showed good delineation. Overall, this was a pleasing presentation.
I thought that the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Girls seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like many horror movies, it mostly went with creepy atmosphere. A few action/scare sequences brought the track to life in a more active manner, but these were infrequent. Instead, the mix usually focused on general environment, and that side of things worked well. The audio used the speakers in a natural manner that created a decent soundscape.
Audio quality was positive. Music showed nice range and clarity, while effects offered good accuracy and punch. The smattering of loud scenes showed solid definition, and they lacked distortion. Speech was also concise and natural. Nothing here dazzled, but it achieved its modest goals.
The DVD comes with a pretty broad roster of extras. We launch with an audio commentary from co-director/editor Michael A. Hoffman, producer Ryan Dee, writer Meghan Jones and composer Ryan Copt. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/script/character issues, cast and performances, sets and locations, props, costumes, and visual design, camerawork and audio, music, budgetary concerns, editing, stunts and action, and other areas.
In other words, the commentary pretty much touches on every aspect of the filmmaking process. While Hoffman dominates the discussion, he doesn’t do so in an overwhelming manner; the others get the chance to offer lots of info as well. The track moves quickly and delivers a thoroughly terrific take on the creation of the movie; it leaves virtually no stone left unturned and ends up as a very strong commentary.
Five featurettes appear. Taken together, these run a total of 53 minutes, 12 seconds and include notes from Hoffman, Dee, Jones, Copt, co-producer/co-director Aaron T. Wells, 1st AD/associate producer Jared Kaufman, stunt coordinator Christopher Hadley, special makeup effects Markus Koch, and actors David Ausem, Vincent Chimato, Caley Hayes, Ryan Keely, Krystyna Ahlers, Jerry Lawler, Bruster Sampson, Jason Kesser, Gregg Goldsbury, Katie Peterson, Beetlejuice, John McGlothlin, Shawn C. Phillips, and Nicko McBrain.
We learn about the project’s roots and development, script/story/characters/influences, cast and performances, camerawork and technical elements, locations and weather, effects, gore, and stunts, music and audio, editing, the premiere and some bits and pieces. Much of the information repeats from the commentary; given its depth, that’s inevitable. Still, it’s good to get different perspectives and footage from the set, so the featurettes add value.
After this we locate five music videos. To my pleasant surprise, these all might involve songs used in the movie, but only “Hammersmash” – a semi-spoof of “Can’t Touch This” – involves film clips. The others are all “real videos”, and many are pretty good.
Seven Deleted/Extended Scenes occupy a total of nine minutes, two seconds. Extensions tend to rule the day here, as most of the sequences add to existing segments. None of the pieces – whether deleted or extended – do much more than just contribute unnecessary exposition.
Under Crazy Girls Unlimited Spots, we find a two-minute, 22-second compilation. These show us three of the ads created for the movie. We already see these pretty well in the final film, so they don’t contribute much here.
A Blooper Reel goes for four minutes, 36 seconds. Expect the usual goofs and giggles here, though we also get a few alternate lines. Throw in some nudity and the compilation is more interesting than most.
Two Interviews complete the DVD. We find one for Jerry “The King” Lawler (4:20) and another with Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain (4:03). They discuss their involvement in the movie and other aspects of their careers. Neither interview seems scintillating, but both offer some interesting notes.
The disc opens with ads for Devil Seed and Juan of the Dead. No trailer for Girls Gone Dead pops up here.
There’s too much appealing T&A on display in Girls Gone Dead for me to totally pan it, but unfortunately, that’s about all this unsatisfying horror spoof has to offer. Neither funny nor scary, the movie lacks much to make it interesting. The DVD provides good picture and audio along with a pretty solid set of supplements highlighted by a simply terrific commentary. While this becomes a good home video release, the movie itself is a bit of a snoozer.