The Opposite Of Sex

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Details At A Glance

Category Drama Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - DVD Teaser #2
Year Released 1998 Commentary Tracks Yes, 1 - Don Roos (Writer/Director), David Codron (Editor), Michael Besman (Producer)
Running Time 96:58 minutes Other Extras Cast Filmographies
Deleted Scenes, 5
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 2,4 Director Don Roos

Columbia Tristar
Starring Christina Ricci
Martin Donovan
Lisa Kudrow
Lyle Lovett
Johnny Galecki
Ivan Sergei
Case Transparent Amaray
RRP $34.95 Music Mason Daring

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 2.0 
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles English
Annoying Product Placement Yes

Plot Synopsis

    Warning: if you like this movie, skip over to Transfer Quality now.

    The Opposite of Sex stars Christina Ricci as the totally unpleasant, selfish, heartless and foul-mouthed Dedee Truitt. It tells the story of her use and abuse of all those around her, from her gay brother Bill (Martin Donovan) to his lover Matt Matteo (Ivan Sergei) to Bill's ex-lover's sister Lucia Dalury (Lisa Kudrow).

    Dedee is deliberately written as an extremely unpleasant individual, and just when there may be a glimmer of redemption coming through, her voice-over instantly plunges her back down into the abyss.

    In short, I hated this movie and found it to be totally without any redeeming features at all.

Transfer Quality


    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was generally sharp and clear, though some scenes were a little out of focus and some lacked clarity because of unusual lighting choices. Shadow detail was passable but not great. There was no low level noise apparent.

    There is a lot of short and choppy editing in this movie, and frequently there is a brief vertical skip in the video stream at the cuts. This became very distracting after a while.

    The colours were generally well-rendered, though some scenes had a very harsh quality about them.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some minor aliasing. Film artefacts were few and far between.


    There are three audio tracks on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded, French Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded, and the English Audio Commentary track, in Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded sound. The default soundtrack is the English Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded soundtrack. I listened to both the English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack and the English Audio Commentary soundtrack.

    Dialogue was usually clear and easy to understand, though some of it was hard to make out and occasional dialogue was distorted.

    There were no audio sync problems.

    The score by Mason Daring was suitably jaunty (to use their own word for it).

    The surround channel did little. This soundtrack was basically a front soundstage mix, with the dialogue in the centre channel and the music in the left and right channels.

    The .1 channel received a small amount of signal from the processor.


    This disc has a good selection of extras. The Columbia Tristar DVD Teaser trailer is on this disc.

What's Missing / What's Extra

    We miss out on;


    The menu design is standard Columbia Tristar 4:3 fare.

Theatrical Trailer

    This is presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Filmographies - Cast

    A basic listing of who has been in what.

Deleted Scenes

    Five deleted scenes are present - all apparently deleted for time reasons rather than because they didn't work. These are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, non-16x9 enhanced and with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound - dialogue only.

Audio Commentary - Don Roos (Writer/Director), David Codron (Editor), Michael Besman (Producer)

    This is one of the less interesting commentaries I have listened to. All the voices are mixed into the centre channel. Don Roos dominates, with occasional comments from Michael Besman, and David Codron saying more-or-less nothing. There are frequent lengthy pauses. In short, I found this commentary hardly worth the time invested in listening to it.


    I didn't like The Opposite of Sex. Your opinion may differ.

    The video quality is good but not great.

    The audio quality is acceptable.

    The extras are comprehensive.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
24th July 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer