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The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

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Released 29-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Menu Audio
Quiz-The Lizzie McGuire Casting Session
Featurette-Making Of-Hilary's Roman Adventure
Music Video-Hilary Duff - "Why Not?"
Featurette-In The Recording Studio With Hilary
Featurette-Roamin' Volare
Deleted Scenes-3 - With Introduction By Jim Fall (Director)
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 90:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Jim Fall

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Hilary Duff
Adam Lamberg
Hallie Todd
Robert Carradine
Jake Thomas
Ashlie Brillault
Clayton Snyder
Alex Borstein
Yani Gellman
Brendan Kelly
Carly Schroeder
Daniel Escobar
Jody Racicot
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music Haylie Duff
Hilary Duff
Cliff Eidelman

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Polish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Czech Titling
Polish Titling
Russian Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, The entire film is a Hilary Promotion
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     This movie has a lot to thank Roman Holiday for! Not only do several scenes have a more than passing resemblance, but the storyline gives a hefty nod in that direction, too. Fortunately, Rome is big enough and glorious enough for the double take, and the photography is sufficiently luscious to do La Bella Roma justice.

     The story is implausibly simple. Our little Lizzie (the oh-so-perky Hilary Duff) escapes the evil, blackmailing clutches of her little brother and insipid parents to revel with her friend Gordo (Adam Lamberg) and other classmates on a study tour of Rome. Under the watchful and suspicious eyes of Miss Ungermeyer (a sterling performance by Alex Borstein), this little band of skateboard-riding, gum-snapping, spaghetti-sucking teens are to learn, learn, learn, and thereby become enriched and whole-made high school students.

     For poor little Liz though, she is immediately mistaken for the latest Italian teen diva, Isabella, by the mini-diva's post-pubescent partner, Paolo (Yani Gellman). Now this is a happy piece of luck, because the diva has gone AWOL just before she and Paolo are due to perform at a huge awards night at the Coliseum.

     Do you think? Is it possible? Could Lizzie pull a switcheroo and save the day? What a glorious excuse for swanning around the abundant tourist traps of Rome, trying on outrageous garments and generally sampling la dolce vita?

     The story is as gooey and sweet as a gelati, and will tolerate as much scrutiny as a tartufo will cope with sunlight, but it's light, bubbly and never takes itself too seriously. It's a preteen dream and Duff is a very comfortable performer.

     "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie........." (trails off singing.)

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Transfer Quality


     The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 16x9 enhanced.

     The transfer is extremely clear and extremely sharp and has excellent shadow detail. There is no low level noise. Film grain levels are very low and the print is crisp and bright.

     The colours are punchy and powerful and very very lush. Skin tones are glorious, and everything is vibrant.

    Aside from very minor aliasing and hints of motion blur, this transfer is very clean, with few MPEG artefacts visible and even fewer film artefacts in evidence.

     Subtitles were timely and accurate.

     This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change placed very subtly at 57:08. It is an excellent change with little or no disruption.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     There are five audio tracks on this DVD:

    They are all clean and clear.

     The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times and audio sync was never a problem.

     The music by Haylie and Hilary Duff was an ongoing advertisement for Hilary's records. Ah well, I guess you can't blame a girl for trying.

     The surround channels were very busy throughout the production, providing an excellent background soundscape. Likewise, the subwoofer was kept quite busy.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



     The menu design is themed around the movie. It is 16x9 enhanced. The main menu features animated clips from the movie and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded audio. It's all a little perky and exhausting!

The Lizzie McGuire Casting Session

     Which character are you most like in the film? Take this insightful quiz and find out! (Oh dear.)

Hilary's Roman Adventure (11:52)

     Behind the scenes and interviews which is quite interesting.

Hilary Duff Music Video - Why Not (2:11)

     Told you it was a promo for Hilary!

In The Recording Studio With Hilary (2:01)

     Um, did I mention this was a promo for Hilary?

Roamin' Volare (2:13)

     Clips lifted from the movie to the tune of Volare.

Off The Cutting Room Floor

     Each deleted scene has an optional introduction from the director, which are actually quite interesting. The scenes are:

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     Both versions appear the same, and there is no compelling reason to prefer one over the other.


     It's light, it's vacuous, it's blondely blonde. But it knows it. And it's light hearted. Your teenaged daughters will love it, and it gives you an excuse to get it out and watch it doesn't it!

Ratings (out of 5)


© Mirella Roche-Parker (read my bio)
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
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DisplayTeac 76cm Widescreen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
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AmplificationTeac 5.1 integrated system
SpeakersTeac 5.1 integrated system

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